Home builders are noting a stark change in demand: Americans want more space for both working and living.
The pandemic has ushered in new demands for homes, especially as more and more professionals work remotely.
Footprints are getting larger, but builders note that this comes with more smaller rooms which can function as home offices, gyms, and more.
“Flexibility is probably the most important thing. People want to be able to customize their home to the way they live,” said Nancy K. Keenan, president of Dahlin Group Architecture and Planning.
Developers have also seen an increased demand for more power outlets and USB ports, also in support of remote working capabilities.
The pandemic has single-handedly revamped what people desire from their home environment. Houses are no longer a place to unwind after a long day – many people are spending the majority of their time working, exercising, eating, and living in these spaces.
For example, Garman Homes based in Raleigh, North Carolina 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 baths, separate home and guest entries, two office spaces, flexible spaces, and covered outdoor spaces.
“Homes are becoming more like office space,” said Amit Haller, CEO of homebuilding firm Veev.