Home Improvement: How home design trends are evolving for social distancing – Salisbury Post

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COVID-19 has brought changes to everything, and home design is no exception. Experts are expecting to see lasting impacts on everything from the materials we use to the rooms we prioritize. Check out these and other noteworthy trends:

Houses over apartments: Many people who live in condos or apartments do so to be closer to the action — work, entertainment and shops — and never planned on spending much time at home. But the pandemic has changed that, and more people are going to want a home that offers plenty of room and outdoor space in case they need to self-isolate again.

Self-sufficiency: A hard lesson we’ve learned is that things and services we thought we could count on aren’t necessarily a sure thing, so items that increase self-reliance will become very popular. Expect to see more homes with sources of energy like solar panels, sources of heat like fireplaces and stoves, and even urban and indoor gardens that allow you to grow your own produce.

Outdoor living: Between playgrounds closing and parks becoming overcrowded, many of us are turning to our balconies, patios and backyards for fresh air and nature. This means we’re going to be investing more in our outdoor spaces, with functional kitchens, soothing water features, cozy firepits, and high-quality outdoor furniture to create a much-needed escape.

Healthier spaces: Thanks to spending more time indoors and reprioritizing our health, we’ll turn to design to help ensure our homes are safe and healthy for our families. We’ll see a rise in products like water filtration systems as well as materials that improve indoor air quality. For new homes and additions, alternatives to wood-framing like insulated concrete forms from Nudura, which offer improved ventilation for healthier indoor air quality and an environment that’s less susceptible to mold,

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Challenges: Bathrooms Evolving

Bathrooms have certainly come a long way from the crescent moon carved in the door of the quaint (if scented) privy out on the south forty, and the communal tub by the kitchen fireplace!

a sink and a white tub sitting next to a window: (Photo courtesy of Robert Boccabella) Function can include beauty — even in our most personally pragmatic Interior space!

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(Photo courtesy of Robert Boccabella) Function can include beauty — even in our most personally pragmatic Interior space!

Time passed, and in many of the stately old Victorian homes, the “evolved” bathrooms consisted of several small rooms in close proximity; one for the water closet and commode, one for a sink with counter and cabinets and one for the bathtub!   Of course, there were variations on those themes and configurations, in order to accommodate all the functions of ablution at that time in history.

The logic applied then, and the design rationales, were partially related to the difficulties of heating, the conservative values concerning segregation of the genders, and the need to accommodate multiple requirements simultaneously – and with due modestly.

As more time passed, bathrooms came a long way from the privacy disciplines and design approaches of the Victorian and subsequent eras.

Contemporary bathrooms would no doubt astound our great grandparents!    Even in the most modest of homes or apartments, modern plumbing, electricity, new materials and fixtures have transformed mere necessity.  Bathrooms no longer just “meet the basic needs.”

Rivaled only by the kitchens, the bathrooms of homes (and businesses) probably receive the toughest punishment, more consistently, than other rooms and areas.  The good news is that when a well trafficked and weary bathroom is ready for remodel, clients have many, many options whether the goals are modest or upscale.

Client expectations have risen in keeping with what the marketplace has made available.  A bathroom remodel sometimes means a renovation!  To install some of the newer components such as

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