For many People around the world, the scale of the Coronavirus crisis calls to mind 9/11 or the 2008 financial crisis events that reshaped society in lasting ways, from how we travel and buy homes.
Throughout time, the primary function of the house has been safety. Initially, it served as a hiding place from bad weather and predatory animals.
Now our house has been transformed into the walls of prison due to the medical emergency for Coronavirus. The constraint between home walls imposed to reduce contagions is close to most, who in this complicated situation of their home have discovered strengths but above all defects.
THE HOME OF THE FUTURE WILL HAVE NEW PRIORITIES
NOT JUST RELAXATION
Without a doubt, in designing the home of the future, greater attention will be paid to the arrangement of the area intended for work at home. The spatial organization will change, with the place to work at home no longer a desk with a parody of an office chair and a lamp, slotted somewhere in the corner of the living room or under the stairs. Now it will be a completely separate room with large windows, blackout curtains and comfortable furniture. It will be technically equipped and sound-insulated.
The house of the future will be intelligent and independent, with their own water supply and heating. Geothermal wells are gaining popularity already. In addition to water, they can partially provide a home with heating.
There will be several other sources of heating to have as a safety net: a stove, a fireplace, a solid fuel boiler, a fuel generator, and solar panels. Autonomous mini-stations generating alternative power will become a reality. The goal will be independence from the outside world, minimising risks in the case of a full shutdown.
It used to be trendy to start small gardens near homes or on balconies, after the Coronavirus pandemic it will be a real boom. As it is proven that physical interaction with living plants is good for our mental health.
Water and air filtration systems tend to be seen as an unnecessary addition, easily abandoned in favour of a designer table. After the pandemic the trend will change, as people worry about what might happen if a virus gets into the water supply. To make sure, people will be willing to pay for the excavation, surveys and filtration systems needed to install a well.
We’ll be saying goodbye to one of the main trends of recent years: open-plan spaces, with the entrance, living room, dining space and kitchen united. In the aftermath of the pandemic, the entrance area will be separated so that we can leave our shoes, clothing and belongings on the street, rather than carry dirt into the living quarters.
The home of the future is a multi-function object. Today we work, study and spend all our free time. It is the first time that million households have simultaneously become aware of the condition of their home. There are those who used it for a limited time, and those who abandoned it on the weekend. Now everyone has had to deal with their own home in a reality of forced and continuous coexistence with the other members of the family.
In the real estate business, those who sell quality houses will be able to count on real value, those who want to sell houses with “defects” will have to come to terms with the discount.