Social commentator Bernard Salt predicted a resurgence of the great Australian dream in a recent column in The Australian . “In post-corona suburbia, what matters is authenticity, reality, personal relationships, the home, and the community”.
He goes on to say that suburban Australia is springing to life as local retail strips are rediscovered, local businesses are being supported, bike paths and parks are being frequented – all injecting new life.
At the core of his premise is the fortressing of the Australian suburban home. Australian families are spending more time at home so they’re seeking numerous living areas that offer privacy, multi-purpose spaces, cosy alfresco areas, open-plan areas where the family can gather without being on top of each other, and media rooms for Friday night movies.
For a boutique home builder like ANSA Homes, this is music to our ears. We have a range of home designs and flexible floorplans to suit the needs of your family in a post-COVID world.
Post-COVID home design trends
Based on our many years of experience, post-COVID home design trends, and the queries we’re already getting from our clients, here are our four predictions for post-COVID home design.
Using our living spaces differently
When planning different spaces there will be more areas designated for a specific function. Modern open-plan living is popular for many reasons, but during this period we are realising it can be a hindrance when our work lives merge into our home lives. We predict a shift to more clearly defined spaces, allowing for distinct boundaries between home and work life.
At ANSA Homes our designs are focused on comfortable family living so even in open plan areas there’s enough space for the family to gather without being on top of each other. Most designs include multiple living areas making them very comfortable for several generations to live in one home.
More working from home
Experts predict that as a result of the huge numbers of office workers who worked from home during the pandemic, a percentage of those people will continue to do so, even on a part-time basis in the future. As a result, more homeowners will be factoring an efficient working from home set-up into their post-COVID home design, meaning innovative and spacious family home designs offered by ANSA will be in demand.
It will be important to have at least one clearly delineating space with access to the required technology. In the past, a study or office was a low priority for most, but in post-COVID home design, there will be more of a focus on an area that will increase productivity, balance, health, and pleasure.
Home offices need to be fully functional with proper seating, work surfaces, lighting, acoustics, and temperature control, and more than one area might be required if two or more household members work from home. An ideal space is a spare bedroom that could also double as a guest room.
Outdoor living options
Outdoor living zones have been growing in importance over the past decade, but the pandemic has shone a light on the merits of a great outdoor living area for families who are spending more time at home.
Designing alfresco areas will take on renewed importance in post-COVID home design as homeowners seek to carve out their own private outdoor oasis. They will need to consider whether the space will be used passively, as an area to look out upon from inside; or more actively, as a space to sit and have coffee, work, do recreational activities, work-out, and more.
All ANSA Homes’ designs incorporate at least one alfresco area, and in some designs, there are multiple spaces.
Working out at home
With gyms closed for months, many people have turned to at-home workout routines. Companies selling home gym equipment have had a sales boom over the past few months, so in post-COVID home design, gyms will become almost as important as the home office.
Traditionally the car has been moved out to make way for a garage home gym set-up, but there are many other options for an efficient home workout set-up and ANSA Homes can help. If you choose a spacious design from ANSA Homes, there will be options to set up a home gym in a spare bedroom or a second living area.
Build your post-COVID home with certainty
At ANSA Homes, we are guided by our Certainty Promise. When we work with clients on designs for new homes, as well as knock down rebuild projects we always incorporate smart storage ideas. But the decluttering trend heralds a major change of priorities for homebuyers in 2020 and beyond. Together, let’s create your dream new home or dream knock down rebuild home for the post-COVID era of Australian suburbia – just the way you like it.