1. Dedicated Activity Spaces
Over the past year, many people’s homes became something of a mini village. The local gym, bar, theater and office turned hyperlocal as people made room to accommodate these activities at home. It’s a major shift in how people think about their homes and one that probably isn’t going away anytime soon.
The ability — or requirement, in some cases — to work from home accounts for perhaps one of the biggest recent changes in home design. On Houzz, searches for “home office” jumped 108% year over year.
There are many ways to carve out space for a dedicated home office area. Consider converting a spare bedroom or a portion of one. A standalone shed or ADU might be better for your situation. Or you might need just a little nook by a window for a laptop.
The design-build firm Benvenuti and Stein created this beautiful Chicago workspace in an open-plan living room. The wood-wrapped half wall provides a sense of privacy and hides office clutter from the living area and the dining room on the other side.
Houzz Pro Mood Boards lets you combine photos, products and backgrounds to communicate your vision for a project to clients.As you’re working with a new client, Houzz Pro can help you track your communication so that you have a central record of what’s been agreed to, as well as all your notes.You can also share photos and files with clients using Houzz Pro, as well as estimates, 3D floor plans and more.
Creating dedicated space for entertaining is important for striking the right work-life balance these days. For some people, a home bar gets right to the heart of that feeling. Searches for home bars spiked 277% year over year, while searches for wine cellars rose 271%.