Urban Pace, a Long & Foster company, recently compiled a list of hot residential design trends for 2021. Many of these trends were forged from the challenges of the pandemic and will likely influence residential development for some time. Check them out below.
- Wellness. 2020 had most people thinking of wellness. Indoor and outdoor fitness opportunities in carefully planned homes and communities will remain a priority.
- Fresh air. The ability to breath clean, well-circulated air came to the attention of buyers as never before. Prospects asked about fresh air intake and demand for state-of-the-art HVAC systems increased.
- Outdoor space. Buyers increasingly looked to the great outdoors for socially distanced get-togethers or a tranquil retreat from stay-at-home orders. Outdoor space—including balconies and terraces—were among the most popular requests.
- Dens. Whether for leisure or work, dens and libraries fit for a Zoom backdrop became much more popular. With work-from-home here to stay, the request for work, study, or cozy reading space is likely to linger.
- Package Rooms. Even before the pandemic, package rooms – a place for apartment and condo dwellers to have packages stored until they get home – were deemed too small. With a surge in online shopping the need for easy-to-access package space has never been greater.
- COVID Puppy. Interest in amenities geared toward our four-legged friends grew as people rescued pets in record numbers. Pet-friendly surroundings, like ample back yards, will continue to be among top asks.
- Internet Access. With more people working from home, high-speed connectivity and reliable hot spots in common areas keep us in touch on the job or on vacation. Access will remain at the top of wish lists.
- Luxury Kitchens. Renewed interest in cooking also revived appreciation for the kitchen. And, though the development cost may be higher, requests for gas cooking increased.
- Sound of Silence. The more people are home, the more they hear the sounds of their community. Buyers are asking more technical questions about acoustics and sound transmission and seeking properties where builders have gone beyond the minimums.
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Content for this article courtesy of Urban Pace.