How will COVID-19 change the way we live in our homes? Is the future of homes germ-free? While that’s not possible, one positive effect of the pandemic could be new innovations in building materials and new trends in how we utilize the spaces in our homes. We’re thinking about…
- Cork flooring is naturally antimicrobial and water-resistant, which helps prevent mold and mildew. It is also sustainable, eco-friendly and biodegradable. The cushioned surface is also ideal for people with knee and back problems. Cork flooring is also anti-static, making it resistant to dust, allergens and other toxins.
- Ceramic tile is useful for preventing the spread of germs because it is a solid surface that does not break down with the use of steam or cleaning solutions.
- Copper isn’t only aesthetically pleasing and a warmer alternative to other finishes, but it’s also more sanitary, according to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Research showed that the novel coronavirus survived for only four hours on copper versus 72 hours on stainless steel.
- Touchless and voice-controlled technology will become more prevalent in performing everyday tasks.
- Mudrooms will become essential in dealing with the germs we gather while out in public. New awareness of the large number of bacteria found on the bottoms and insides of shows could lead to a cultural shift toward shoe removal in the United States.
- Home Offices will become a major selling point. Some designers are predicting a shift towards more home office space and shared workspaces at home.
While future trends are yet to be written, even small decisions can add up to a safer home. Crystal Creek designers are standing by to discuss the latest innovations with you.
If you have questions about building your dream home, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
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Adapted from Forbes, March 23, 2020