[VIEWPOINT] Potential changes in housing from latest pandemic

House Design Matters

The response to this pandemic has hit the American way of life so hard that we will see bruises for some time to come. Yes, we will recover (take a deep breath). What it takes for us to recover is for others to discuss.

Instead, I want to talk about the possible changes we will see in our built environment from social distancing, sheltering in place, working and schooling from home. The areas I believe affected will be:

  • Mass migration to the suburbs
  • Single family over multi-family
  • Single family rentals
  • The Home Office – or two
  • A Zoom Room?
  • Kitchens
  • Home gyms
  • Touchless devices
  • Aging in place vs Senior living facilities

MASS MIGRATION TO THE SUBURBS

As we all adapt to working remotely, one begins to question how often they really need to be in the office? Let’s say on average, you only must be in the office once a week – or once a month? Would you continue living within the confines of the city? Or would you expand your search radius with the commute playing less of a role in the decision?

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