2020 will always be known as the year that forever changed our daily lives as we knew them. Amidst a global pandemic, the coronavirus forced many of us to stay at home for an indefinite amount of time. Many homeowners were faced with new challenges. From finding space for everyone in the household, to repurposing rooms for new activities, things changed fast. COVID-19 has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives and this includes how we use our homes. Read on to learn more about the impacts COVID-19 has had and will continue to have, on home design.
1. Investing in Home More
Unfortunately, many of us had to cancel vacation plans this year. Stuck at home and dreaming of a getaway, homeowners took their vacation budgets and put them towards their homes. According to our 2020 Reno Report, homeowners focused on backyard projects like landscaping, decks, patios and swimming pools. By investing in projects that make us feel like we’re on vacation, we’re less likely to miss the real thing. In addition, homeowners are also investing money in common areas like kitchens and bathrooms that are being used more often.
2. Making the Most of Our Spaces
This year, our homes had to play multiple roles on a daily basis. Whether it was repurposing the dining room as the classroom or finally using the dated basement as an office, homeowners took advantage of every space available. For some that meant repurposing the space they already have. For others, it meant updating their previously unusable spaces. Basement renovations were popular in 2020 and will no doubt continue to be in 2021 as well.
3. Rise in Repairs
Spending more time at home means our appliances were being used more and breaking down more. From dishwasher repairs to clogged toilets, appliance repair pros were busy this year. In 2021, it’s likely this will continue to be the case. Because of this, homeowners are more likely to invest in high-quality appliances going forward, with hopes that they will be able to handle heavier usage.
4. Germ-Free Surfaces
Keeping our homes clean and germ-free has been a huge focus of 2020 and will continue to be. One of the biggest changes we will see in home design is the rise in germ-free surfaces. For example, less porous materials used for surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens. In addition, more touch-free products will be installed in homes. This includes things like touchless faucets, bidets and toilets. The less you have to touch, the fewer germs will be spread around.
5. Voice-Activated Home
In keeping with the need for less touch, many things are becoming voice-activated. Home automation has been on the rise for some time, but in 2021 there will be a great demand for it. In addition to touch-free items, voice-activated systems will also become more popular. With systems like Google Home and Alexa, you can use your voice to control most things in your home these days. From switching on lights to changing the temperature to turning on your favourite show, these activities can all be done with your voice. Home automation installation specialists will be particularly busy come 2021.
While the future is still uncertain, things are looking promising. As we await a vaccine, we can take comfort in our homes and feel lucky to have somewhere to stay safe. If you need help updating your home design for this new world, be sure to reach out to pros on HomeStars. By using our get a quote feature, you can virtually connect with pros and discuss your project, all online. Stay safe and stay at home.