In homes across the U.S., the pandemic brought about the rise of the dedicated room — the Zoom room, the Peloton room, and so on — as we carved out spaces devoted to keeping ourselves employed, fit and sane under lockdown conditions. But 2022 and beyond will be about multi-purpose spaces that reflect not only the uncertainty of our post-pandemic lives but a reimagining of the home in which personal living space is not the only priority.
Here are a few ways that homeowners are making their homes more multi-purpose:
- Open-plan kitchens are now being designed as convertible offices where people can work at full productivity, with dining tables rewired as workstations and office necessities like printers and modems tucked into the cabinetry.
- Guest rooms have always done double duty as offices, and vice versa. But a more intentional, design-driven approach to these flex spaces means that guests don’t have to sleep next to a router, and coworkers don’t have to see a futon.
- Home gyms got blown out last year as people tried to recreate an entire Equinox in the garage. But fitness spaces are being repurposed toward more curative wellness, with everything from meditation stations to spa features like saunas and steam rooms.
There are many more permutations of the hybrid home, which is all about finding flexibility and synergy in spaces to accommodate alternating needs. But the blueprint for creating the most value includes features that will transform the home into destinations for life, work, and play. Think meticulously designed outdoor space packed with resort-like amenities, and living rooms designed as content studios for Tik-Toking teens.
For more on that, The Atlantic: makes a case that the home of tomorrow is more like a kind all-inclusive residential resort, and it’s a must-read for everyone in the home space.
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