5 Important Ways COVID-19 Will Change Home Design

5 Important Ways COVID-19 Will Change Home Design

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The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on our lives. Globally the results have been devasting.

The media are referring to this as ‘the new normal’. And while the world waits in hope of a vaccine, many medical experts are cautioning that any vaccine will be potentially years away, if in fact one ever emerges.

There’s little doubt that this pandemic will change aspects of our lives over the coming years. House design being one of the many changes we are likely to notice.

So, how exactly will home design change due to COVID-19?

Based on what I’m seeing on social media, some parents will be putting a well-stocked bar at the top of their home design wish list! But there are other aspects that will take priority.

Before I get into some of the specifics, I’d like to make an observation about changes in general that will most likely occur as a result of this pandemic.

The most obvious of these is the need for great home design. People manage to put up with poor home design when they spend so much time away from home at work and going out on the weekends. But COVID-19 has forced people to stay at home. After a while you begin to notice the negative impact poor home design can have on your life.

Don’t put up with bad home design. Let us do something about it.

So, what is great home design?

For me, and my family, this pandemic has highlighted the importance of home being a sanctuary from the outside world. Space has been important. Room to move and spaces to move within, both inside and outside of the home.

It’s been important for myself and my family to spend time outside. We have a large veggie patch and orchid space that we can escape to for fresh air and relaxation. For the children, relevant outdoor entertainment spaces have been well used. Concrete spaces for scootering away from others add a feeling of normality in these uncertain times.

But, perhaps the most important element for us has been having a view, and outlook that brightens our mood. For us, our home really has been our oasis.

During this time, I have reflected on the many ways that this disease will influence home design. There are so many that I’ve had to split my list across two articles. For now, I will give you 5 of the ways that I think things will change.

  1. Multi-purpose spaces

Working from home – even if only on an ad hoc basis – will strongly influence home designs moving forward. Dedicated home offices will grow in popularity for those who work from home regularly. But not all homes will have the space to accommodate a specialised office. Some people will prefer to have adaptable, multi-purpose spaces that can be easily converted as needed.

Having spaces that can functionally change in mere moments will allow you to get the most out of your home both socially/leisurely and professionally.

  1. Designed with work from home in mind

Having the latest technology has always been appealing, but perhaps even more so in this new world.

From a work at home perspective, technology is clearly important. The growing popularity of online meetings highlights the need for noise-free spaces. Soundproofing, or noise suppression, will be incorporated into the design.

Uninterrupted internet connection is a given. Walls and electrical appliances can affect Wi-Fi signals. Future home designs will take this into account and feature ways of boosting the signal throughout the home.

  1. Social technology

People trapped in their homes for weeks on end have needed to entertain themselves.

With no movies, gyms, theme parks day trips or holidays during lock down we have had to entertain ourselves in our own homes. Expect to see an increased focus on built-in home entertainment in the future.

Home cinemas, home gyms and even games rooms are all likely to grow in popularity. Many things that were once considered desirable, may soon become commonplace.

  1. Outdoor escapes

If much of your outside time is going to be spent at home, having focus areas in your yard makes good sense.

Gardening is both relaxing and rewarding. There’s nothing quite like homegrown fruit and veggies. Vegetable gardens and mini orchards are a great reason to escape outside.

Well designed concrete areas can be a lifesaver for kids stuck at home. Spaces for skating, or playing with remote control cars, gets kids wanting to be outside, rather than stuck in front of their screens and monitors.

  1. Sustainability and more importantly “Passive Design “

How are those power bills looking after a couple of months of being home all day? Power saving measures will become more important, to keep us comfortable at an affordable price.

Sustainability is more than simply solar panels and energy-efficient appliances. Passive house design takes advantage of natural lighting and cooling breezes. Truly sustainable design is about the overall design and layout of the home, where everything else just adds to an eco-friendly, low consumption foundation.

If we are spending more time at home, it stands to reason that we will be consuming more. More power, more water, more gas, the list goes on. Modern home design, and renovations, will take sustainability to a whole new level. A level that only the best architects will be able to attain for their clients.

Do yourself a favour and contact us today

Don’t put up with a poorly designed home. It’s not good for you or your family’s mental health and well-being. Great design doesn’t have to cost the world and it will repay you many times over. With the prospect of needing to spend more time at home, you owe it to yourself to invest in your space.

Our Design Advice Service is the perfect place to start. Yes, it is a paid service. But ultimately, it’s an investment; one that will help you easily realise the potential in your home. This service will significantly shape both the interior and exterior spaces within your home, creating a beautiful sanctuary; a place you’ll love spending time in. We will explore your needs and offer up a variety of solutions to suit your budget. We will clearly map out how to make your dreams become a reality in a way that is efficient and adds true value.

So, contact us today and let’s make a time to discuss your home design needs.

Dion Seminara Architect


Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 20 years as well as an environmental sustainable design (ESD) expert. I graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with honours, QLD in 1989. Registered as an architect in 1991 and registered as a builder in 1992, I am also a fellow member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Having received 12 ArCHdes Residential Architecture Awards, LJ Hooker Flood Free Home Design Award and the 2016 AIA Regional Commendation for Public Architecture, my expertise with both residential renovation (to all types of houses, especially Queenslanders, 50s/60s/80s), new contemporary homes and luxury residences has earned me a reputation as one of Brisbane's architectural specialists in lifestyle design architecture, interior design and landscape design.