Home Design Adapts to Life in a Pandemic

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Since March, the pandemic has changed the way we live in our homes: Office workers type away at their dining room tables; kids attend classes from the sofa; young-adult children have moved back into their old bedrooms. We’re all more concerned with cleaning and disinfecting and indoor air quality.

And according to a recent study from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the way we’re using our homes now will have a substantial influence on design going forward.

It’s no surprise. For example, first-floor powder rooms near the front door became popular in the early 20th century as a way to prevent the spread of diseases. Before the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, most people had clawfoot bathtubs, but with their intricate feet and exposed underside, they were difficult to keep clean. After that pandemic, bathtubs were built against the wall. Toilet bowls also were upgraded from wooden seats to lacquered seats that were easier to clean and seemed more hygienic.

Today, designers and builders across the country already are responding to new needs.

“Home offices are here to stay. Entryways will change. There will be even more emphasis on outdoor spaces,” says Teri Slavik-Tsuyuki, a marketing and branding expert at Tst In (…)

Source: FloridaRealtors

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