Remote work leads to significant changes in home design

Homebuilders are seeing a dramatic shift in demand: Americans want more space to work and live.

The pandemic has brought new demands for housing, especially as more and more professionals are working remotely.

Footprints get bigger, but builders note that comes with smaller rooms that can be used as home offices, gyms, and more.

“Flexibility is probably the most important thing. People want to be able to adapt their home to their lifestyle,” said Nancy K. Keenan, president of Dahlin Group Architecture and Planning.

Developers have also seen increased demand for more power outlets and USB ports, also in support of remote working capabilities.

The pandemic alone has revamped what people expect from their home environment. Homes are no longer a place to relax after a long day – many people spend the majority of their time working, exercising, eating and living in these spaces.

For example, Raleigh, North Carolina-based Garman Homes recently took the findings of the America at Home study and created a 2,600 square foot concept home called “Barnaby.”

The home features four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, separate home and guest entrances, two office spaces, flex spaces, and covered outdoor spaces.

“Homes are increasingly looking like office spaces,” said Amit Haller, CEO of residential construction company Veev.

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