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How is the pandemic reshaping home design?
Posted on January 14, 2022
–Mr. Shyam Motwani, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer, Godrej Lock
We talked about how the pandemic has changed our daily functioning from the way we live, the way we work, learn or even socialize. More than a year later, the pandemic continues to dominate the way we go about our daily lives personally and professionally, and it will continue to do so. In a short time, the house became a place of work, exercise, relaxation and even lessons/school. Spending a lot more time in your home, getting multiple tasks done on time between those four walls has made people want more flexible spaces. Most millennials plan to work from home for a longer period of time because it allows them to stay close to family, but it also means that limited space (for most people) will serve multiple purposes. As people adjust to life at home, they reassess their living conditions to meet their current and future needs.
This is also one of the reasons why we now see millennials showing an increased preference for buying homes in non-metro cities. The pandemic has transformed homes into workstations, virtual classrooms, gyms and playgrounds. It is therefore essential to consider the variety of demands that people will have in the future when designing a space. Therefore, architects and interior designers plan to maximize the available space and develop futuristic homes in the new normal. There are two types of people, one who has the budget or the space, just expands and makes bigger houses, for bigger offices or play areas etc. The second set includes people who have to operate on a limited budget and need to start making flexible spaces within the available limit so that a particular space can be used for multiple things. The key now is to create these kinds of flexible spaces and also to make each space self-contained, keeping everyone’s taste in mind. Thus, architects must build and design flexible spaces in the home that can add value to individual homes.
We have started making a conscious effort over the past few years to incorporate sustainable design solutions while creating homes such as installing solar panels, LED lights or other products that can essentially help save energy. energy to a large extent. Today, the focus is on how we can design spaces by leveraging technology and integrating sustainability into home design to create a holistic environment. When we talk about how to integrate the idea of flexibility and sustainability, our talented architects educate the public on how they can get involved and use sustainability products and solutions in their homes.
Homes are getting smarter and safer
COVID-19 has dramatically increased the use of automation systems in both commercial and residential spaces. Today’s younger generation is looking to integrate technology and automation while Millennials want to enjoy the benefits offered by smart and contactless technology. Control devices such as technology-enabled fans/lights, automated curtains, and multiple devices can be operated at your fingertips. Additionally, the demand for home security products and solutions such as digital door locks and home CCTV cameras is increasing. Architects see them as a crucial part of home design as more and more people fear returning to work, leaving children, older relatives or pets behind.
For everyone today, a “home” has become more important than ever. Homes are constantly evolving, and with innovation and technology, they will continue to evolve. At the same time, consumer needs are constantly changing over time. Therefore, architects must keep up with ever-changing industry trends. On this World Architecture Day, let’s not forget that the list of an architect’s contributions to the construction of a house is endless. With their innovative design solutions, they increase value in various aspects of our lives, providing a sense of well-being and security.