Revamping Your Bucks County Home
Being homebound over the last year has made us rethink our homes
In normal times, new trends in home design trend simply because it’s time for something different. Some years bold color is in and others bring everything gray. But this time last year, a cultural experiment began that changed our relationships with houses and condos and apartments around the world. Suddenly, we were constantly inside them.
So much of our life: work, school, exercise, shopping, dining, and socializing (virtually), began happening entirely within the walls of our home. Architects and interior designers say that after 12 months of varying degrees of lockdown, people are discovering what does and doesn’t work in their homes and are acting on it.
This pandemic has given us time to really think about what we need from our rooms. Unused attics are suddenly becoming used for multipurpose spaces where kids can go and relax or do homework. Garages convert into home gyms and storage space becomes home offices and playrooms.
Seeking separate space
Open-plan homes and sprawling guest rooms were so popular over the past couple of decades so that people could gather and be together. But open layouts may be on the way out. Now that families are working and schooling at home together, you need to have boundaries where you can step away.
A home divided into separate spaces can help a family decentralize and not be on top of each other. This can be very important when elderly relatives move in. If you are trying to sell an older home, don’t be so quick to knock down the kitchen wall to create an open concept floor plan because that trend may not be around much longer.
Air quality has been a top priority since the pandemic began and it is important just as water quality is also. People are also cooking more than ever before, and many people are using the money they aren’t spending on travel and restaurant meals to invest in serious kitchen renovations.
Those working and schooling at home on Wi-Fi-dependent devices are noticing that they’re consuming more energy, so energy efficiency is becoming a priority. Adding insulation and swapping out inefficient appliances saves money, and it also has the added benefit of helping the environment.
There has also been plenty of time to sort through attics and closets. We are clearing out things we don’t need and thinking more carefully about what we want to own. We’re consciously filling our homes with things that make us happy rather than hurrying to decorate a room. If we are going to be home more and looking at our surroundings so we want to be able to appreciate the furniture and décor that we bring in.