Because the world continues to grapple with COVID-19 — and phrases like lockdown, social distancing and self-isolation turning into mainstream — a stronger focus has emerged round how our houses reply to our on a regular basis wants.
Since stay-at-home measures have been enforced, Arden Properties basic supervisor of gross sales Matt Wells has observed priorities amongst new-home patrons shift.
“The time we’re going by way of is uncharted territory, and with it comes uncertainty and stress,” Mr Wells stated. “However our residence stays our secure place and our sanctuary.”
Porter Davis new residence marketing consultant and knockdown-rebuild specialist Teresa Wright stated immediately’s patrons needed a versatile floorplan to accommodate a number of the life-style adjustments that they had wanted to embrace.
“They wish to futureproof their residence for circumstances that will come up like this once more,” Ms Wright stated.
Requests for research that may be closed off and soundproofed are on the up, in response to Mr Wells. This follows the vast majority of Victorians working from residence and college students returning to distant studying below the stage 4 restrictions.
“A research with a door, relatively than an open research, is most popular to allow them to successfully shut the room off to different family exercise,” he defined.
Knowledgeable-looking backdrop for video conferences is one other fashionable request, both within the type of fashionable built-in cabinetry, characteristic wallpaper, or a easy gallery wall highlighted with a press release art work.
“Particular person research areas for youths are additionally now equally necessary, with a pattern in direction of built-in research nooks with fitted desks for every bed room,” Mr Wells stated.
Ms Wright stated lots of their patrons thought working from residence could be extra accessible to them post-coronavirus and needed to make sure that they had the house to do it successfully.
“Having zoned heating and cooling to have the ability to warmth or cool the areas they’re working in, not the entire residence, types a part of that image,” she stated.
Mild and house
Spending extra time collectively at residence has made us crave extra space. However Mr Wells stated even should you had a small home, there have been artistic design concepts you could possibly introduce to make it really feel larger.
“If funds permits, stacker sliding doorways can actually assist deliver the outside in, whereas a solar courtroom would enable extra pure mild into the house and make indoor areas really feel airier,” he stated.
Ms Wright has seen a rising demand for voids in two-storey houses as one other solution to emphasise mild and spaciousness.
“Individuals are additionally contemplating the orientation of their land greater than ever, to allow them to make sure to maximise one of the best pure mild of their new residence,” she stated.
Within the zone
Extra residing zones have been additionally being sought as a part of the response to the strict stay-at-home measures, Mr Wells stated.
These embrace a devoted theatre or video games room the place individuals can go and make a little bit of noise with out disturbing the remainder of the household, and a sitting space inside the principle bed room to offer dad and mom with a getaway house.
A rising curiosity in multifunctional rooms was one thing Ms Wright had noticed. Research zones that might be transformed to a residing house at night time and on the weekends, or a visitor bed room, have been excessive on the checklist.
“This permits us to chill out, work and play all inside the identical room if essential,” she stated.
Mr Wells additionally discovered some patrons have been selecting floorplans with an additional bed room to make use of as a gymnasium, or for yoga, meditation or prayer.
“They need house the place they will care for his or her bodily and non secular wellbeing,” he stated.
Take it outdoors
Having some house for out of doors exercise has develop into extra valued amongst new-home patrons, in response to Ms Wright.
“Folks wish to maximise their yard house for youths to play,” she stated. “They’re additionally in search of storage extensions to arrange a house gymnasium or to accommodate a house gymnasium in undercover out of doors areas.”
Earlier than the house was constructed, Mr Wells stated individuals have been having conversations round how they might make their gardens really feel personal and calming with options like vertical gardens, fish ponds and vegie gardens. And people with sufficient yard house have been making provisions for a pool, he added
“The main target is on creating a sense of escapism, though there are neighbours throughout,” Mr Wells stated.
Well being and hygiene
Shifting ahead, Mr Wells felt there could be better consideration round the kind of supplies used for high-touch areas.
“I can see this pandemic fostering extra thought round issues resembling handles, tapware and benchtops that get touched rather a lot, and a transfer in direction of surfaces which are straightforward to wipe down and extra hygienic,” he stated.
A self-contained part of the house was one other thought he floated as an choice to cater for relations who might have to self-isolate.
“It might enable the remainder of the household to maneuver round the principle residence extra safely and with ease,” he stated.