In recent years, open floor plans have been an appealing choice among home buyers. Homes with an open concept are ideal for entertaining and families with young children. Also, open floor plans tend to provide an inviting atmosphere that many people enjoy. However, due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic, many buyers wonder whether an open concept is the right choice for them anymore. Is it possible that open floor plans are becoming a thing of the past?
For the last several weeks, many Americans have been working out of make-shift office spaces in their homes. Insufficient lighting and loud environments are making working from home challenging for many people. While some homeowners are having no trouble making this adjustment, many realize they do not have a room in their home that is conducive to working from home. The other issue with open floor plans is that it can be challenging to separate work life from home life. Several distractions may surround you if you do not have a designated place. Most people are better off being away from high-traffic areas, such as the kitchen and living room.
While we do not know when the pandemic will come to an end, we can confidently say that many companies will have greater flexibility regarding work-from-home policies moving forward. As such, we can expect there to be a trend in buyers searching for homes with segmented rooms throughout the house. Generally speaking, people tend to concentrate better when they are sitting in a quiet, designated workspace.
While it is difficult to predict home-buying trends accurately, we know that COVID-19 has implications for the real estate industry. Open floor plans becoming less desirable is just one example of trends we may see in the next few years.