In some ways, this time last year doesn’t look too different for us. For that, we feel very fortunate. Many of our clients reside off the island during the course of their projects. Because of this, our collaboration with them started and has continued to be done online. Now, everyone who would normally be in the office is logging in from their home office. Thanks to our previous set up we’ve been able to pivot with them seamlessly. The difference we are witnessing now is a significant shift that is driving some new trends in design that we are incredibly excited about.
Time For A Change
I’m sure we all feel like we are undergoing a healing and awakening after last year. Whether we realize it or not, it was indeed time for a change. Due to the circumstances of 2020, alternative solutions have now become the new trend. Working professionals no longer feel like they must be tethered to their desks in their corner offices of a high-rise building. From CEOs to associates, we all have learned to make our situations work when it comes to working remotely. Last year, the main difference was that we had to make it work. Now we want to make it work for us and our families.
We Won’t Know Until We Try
If 2020 hadn’t come along, we all would have said, “well, that will never work.” When push came to shove, everyone made the most of what they could last year. Many people have come to realize that they really appreciate the flexibility of being at home or being at the office. In our local area, we are seeing many people relocating to the Virgin Islands. Why is that, you ask? Since many don’t have to be in the office, then why not be by the beach? Of course, we can relate this way of thinking on several levels. Plus, workaholism and corporate office culture have never resonated with our way of thinking, to begin with. When you have more freedom and achieve the week’s goals, you can also take a quick dip in the ocean during your lunch break. Imagine that, enjoying the island in all its wonders in the middle of a workday. Now that is what I call work-life balance.
The New Home Trends
With this in mind, the requests that have become needs in our clients’ homes are no surprise. Home gyms have taken on a new sense of urgency. If you’ve tried order gym equipment right now, you know that even the bare gym essentials are hard to come by because everyone is thinking this way. The ability to work out with your trainer or drop into your favorite spin class via zoom has really helped to propel this wave.
2. Home Offices
Home offices are also being integrated with flexible office areas into other parts of the house, from dining rooms to guest bedrooms. This enables everyone in the house (kids included) to have their own dedicated workspace.
3. Zoom Rooms
Zoom rooms, or at least zoom spaces, are another request we’ve received a lot more of recently. There are instances where you need to be able to put your headphones on and have a business meeting (or go to class in my daughter’s case) while other people inhabit the house. A dedicated zoom room makes it easy to step away from the family and have a well-thought-out location with a suitable backdrop for those types of meetings.
4. Kitchen Remodels
Kitchen remodels have also reached a fever pitch. When we stay home and cook almost every meal we eat, we naturally want the space to better serve us and our needs by incorporating more storage and upgraded appliances. I really love this trend because I have maintained that a well-designed kitchen can actually support a healthier lifestyle for years. When cooking is convenient, and everything you need is within arm’s reach, it is much faster and more enjoyable to prepare and dine in.
If you’ve searched the web via Google or visited any of your social media platforms, you may have noticed that vendor product offerings have also shifted to reflect these up-and-coming trends. Products you would need for a home gym, home office, zoom room, or kitchen remodel are all there are your fingertips, waiting to be ordered. While this second wave is rolling out a little slower, consumers are taking note and keeping these products in mind for their new and improved way of living, all from the comfort of home.