3 Unique Aspects of Post-Pandemic Homes

3 Unique Aspects of Post-Pandemic Homes

The year 2020 changed everything.

We can all attest to 2020 being a hard year at varying levels and for various reasons. The silver lining? It gave many of us a new perspective on our daily lives, our homes, and on how much we need to interact with other humans. Thus, it is no surprise that the three biggest changes we are seeing in new construction and home remodels include home office spaces, multi-functional kitchens, and higher ceilings.

After over a year of feeling sequestered and isolated, homeowners are (tipping our hats to Meghan Trainor) all about that space.

  1. The office

Spending less time in a “real” office and more time working from home has led to a huge need for actual home office space. Setting up the laptop at the kitchen island or dining room table just doesn’t cut it. (Awkward Zoom call interruptions have to stop, kids!)

When we are remodeling for a client with home office needs, we can easily turn a lesser used space into a permanent office. That large hall closet or the unused walk-in closet in your home could make for a great “cloffice.” However, our clients usually prefer a designated room with a door that can be locked. We can then outfit their new office with custom built-ins, cabinetry, and all the best amenities of a cushy, corner office. Often, home plans now include two office spaces for adult use and one school / study room for kids. *image*

  1. The kitchen

Photography: Avery Nicole Photo  Design by KozyKasa

Forever the hub of activity in a home, the kitchen has gotten a functional and aesthetic makeover. Double islands for cooking and entertaining, extra counter / bar height seating, open shelves for decorative wares, and glass cabinet doors have made the kitchen of today a dynamic experience.

Bigger pantries, mini kitchens off the main kitchen (known as a butler’s pantry, scullery, or serving pantry) are reminiscent of historic builds but with everything the modern homeowner could desire. The average homeowner has gone from merely “crash landing” in their house between work and activities to actually dwelling in the home.

Photography: Avery Nicole Photo  Design by KozyKasa 

  1. The ceiling

More is more when it comes to ceiling height. Unlike conventional eight or nine foot ceilings, today’s new builds and renovations include spacious, even cavernous, ceiling styles that span the height of 10-13 feet or more.
Photography: Avery Nicole Photo  Design by KozyKasa 
Popular ceiling styles include vaulted, beamed, barrel, tray, coffered, coved, and sloped. In spaces with a modern or industrial aesthetic, the ceiling might be “exposed,” leaving the HVAC and electrical systems visible.

Photography: Avery Nicole Photo  Design by KozyKasa 

DESIGN-BUILD TREND

Farmhouses are still fresh.

The farmhouse aesthetic isn’t going anywhere for a long time. Board and batten vertical siding, painted / white brick, stone, large windows, exposed beams, and butcher block islands are just a few of the many charming aspects of farmhouse design. It is our most-requested building style for a reason!

Design by KozyKasa 

DESIGN-BUILD TIP

Build for the long-term.

Do you have aging parents? Rather than having to make expensive and emotional decisions about senior care, consider adding an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to your new build or remodel. This small, separate house matches your main house and allows your loved one to have the independence and privacy of their own space while knowing a helping hand is always at the ready.

Photography: Avery Nicole Photo  Design by KozyKasa

 

Stay Kozy ya’ll!

 

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