Rethinking Homes Post-COVID

Posted on | June 12, 2020

With more and more people working from home, and college students returning to their parent’s homes to participate in online schooling, and couples or roommates having to maneuver between each other’s zoom meetings – are open floor plans going to be a thing of the past?

Open spaces (the large space that usually combines the family room, dining room, and kitchen), might not seem super ideal when a large majority of people are at home at once trying to accomplish different things.

Some experts are wondering whether homes will move towards a traditional style – where rooms are more separated and have “designations.” Another good reason housing might move back to this style is for economic reasons – HVAC experts claim that open floor spaces take more time to heat or cool, which results in higher bills.

Others have a harder time imagining the open floor plan disappearing. Michael Ackerman, of Coldwell Banker in Seattle, believes that “people won’t go back to a more formal design after getting a taste of natural light and the flow of a great room. [Instead] people are setting up workspaces in their garages, in their spare bedrooms, wherever they find space.”

What do you think? Will open space formats be a pre-covid luxury? Sound off in the comments below!

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