Updating Home Design (11-02-20)

Kolomatsky reviews a recent survey by the American Institute of Architects (of individual architects and custom-home building/renovation firms) regarding trends influencing home design.  As he reports, “special-function rooms and products that serve needs particular to the pandemic [are] rising in popularity. . . .  68 percent of respondents cited increasing client requests for home offices, and none reported a decrease. . . . enhanced or ‘task’ lighting, also gained popularity. . . . there were more requests for sunrooms or three-season porches (rooms that bring nature indoors) and mud rooms or ‘drop zones’ (areas to isolate contaminated items from the house at large). . . . products for improving indoor air quality were newly popular: 41 percent of respondents cited an increase for such requests . . .  Other new trends included exercise or yoga rooms and flexible spaces for home-schooling or other needs.”

Michael Kolomatsky. 2020.  “How Is the Pandemic Shaping Home Design?”  The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/22/realestate/pandemic-shaping-home-desi...