Featured Photo: The Pines at Wake Crossing, Courtesy of Toll Brothers
In the past 10 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we live. With a lot less going outside and other cities going back into lockdown measures, we have realized that our homes now need to change, too. Open floor plans lacking in storage with raised ceilings need new ways to separate work, school, and play. As increased isolation has become the new norm, so have frustrations with the one space we rely on to feel safe and at peace: home.
We’re here to give you some tips on how to refresh or reinvent your living spaces, as more of us are beginning to appreciate ways in which we can improve how we live harmoniously together at home. In 2020, specifically, many trends are surfacing and changing the way we look at design. Check out the following trends and see if there’s anything you’d like to incorporate in your own.
Turing the old into new: With more working and learning being done from home, there is a major emphasis on creating spaces that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. It is more important now than ever to find ways to use those once-underutilized spaces and transform them. You’d be surprised at where you can neatly fit a desk into a tiny office for productivity to thrive. At Jordan Manors in Apex, built by Meritage Homes, luxurious owner’s suites provide plenty of space to add in things like a coffee station, a reading nook to escape, or even a small office space.
Additions: With college students staying home, parents moving in with their adult children, and virtual school happening, it’s going to be normal to see more additions to currently existing homes being built. Whether it’s a new master suite, an extra bathroom, or a large bonus room for Zoom learning, a great builder will know what works beautifully between new and old. With plenty of custom builders in the Raleigh-Durham area, make sure to do your research before choosing someone to do your additions.
Jordan Manors; Photo courtesy of Meritage Homes
Community Kitchens: Forget the days of kitchens being used just for cooking dinner. Looking into 2021, kitchens will need to be a functional gathering space as well. Quarantine has necessitated a movement towards home-cooking that hasn’t been seen in decades. Families are now coming together, cooking together, and dining together – all at home. The Pines at Wake Crossing by Toll Brothers have homes with kitchens that will provide the intimacy you need, as well as the desired space. With large islands, plenty of open space, and lots of storage, the kitchen will become your new favorite room in the house.
As we continue to adjust our lives according to the everchanging pandemic, we encourage you to embrace and redefine your homes where both learning and living, productivity and play, and form and function are all possible to achieve. The trends we are seeing today will likely remain for years to come as things like remote work and virtual learning continue even after the pandemic.
By Kendra Stowe