Pandemic is changing home design trends – Loop North News

(Above) Quartz countertops like these will be popular in post-pandemic kitchens because they are less porous. Photo by VHT Studios.

7-Feb-21 – New housing design preferences in Chicago and across the nation are shifting as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sara Benson

“Single-family homes and small apartment buildings with leafy outdoor space are in great demand, and architects and builders are taking notice because these residences are gaining more traction in the market,” noted broker Sara Benson (left), president of Chicago-based Benson Stanley Realty.

“People are isolated now, and they’re making real estate decisions that isolate themselves further,” said JC Chi (right), co-founder and principal at Kuo Diedrich Chi Architects, based in Atlanta.

JC Chi

Builders and developers also are reconsidering whether the boom in downtown urban city centers will be on pause until the pandemic threat is over, experts say. There is no doubt that the pandemic is causing swank high-rise apartments with rooftop swimming pools, communal decks, fancy workout rooms, and high-speed elevators to lose some of their glitter.

Imagine what the “shelter at home” lifestyle is like in a high-rise tower with little or no outdoor space and long elevator rides while wearing a protective mask. During those elevator rides residents in some buildings reportedly are required to face the walls in a six-foot-square box.

With homes, condominiums, and rental apartments becoming office spaces for many workers, more Millennials are looking to buy or rent larger homes