19 May 2020

How will our homes change once the coronavirus pandemic ends?

Life after the Covid-19 epidemic will never be the same as before, we are all waiting for a new start and we must all review our behaviors and habits to ensure that phase two can begin without serious relapses.
Some predictions are more optimistic than others, but almost everyone agrees that despite this event, humanity will find the strength to recover.
Values ​​will change, our lives and habits will change and our homes will also be affected by all these changes.

Here are 7 predictions of change that could occur:

Spacious houses and no more small apartments

In large cities such as Milan, skyscrapers have been designed to organize as many people as possible in one place, health and hygiene have not been taken into consideration.
In times of a pandemic, it is necessary to reduce contact with everything that is used in multi-storey buildings: lift, elevator buttons, door handles, surfaces and especially neighbors.
After this period of forced self-isolation, often without a balcony or terrace, we would all desperately want to have a house, even a small one, but with a courtyard and a terrace where you can get some fresh air.
In effect the main function of the house has always been to ensure safety, they were therefore built in raised and fortified positions.
Today people need a home that can effectively ensure social isolation, which allows them to stay protected from viruses and infections.
Urbanization will likely be forced to step back leaving space to a return of small villages and suburbs of the cities.

Yes to refuges, No to open spaces

All of us during this period realized that films about the end of the world no longer seem so fantastic. After the assault on supermarkets for fear of running out of supplies, most of us imagined and wished to have a house with a shelter inside where to keep a supply of food and water, so as to be prepared in the case of another pandemic or natural catastrophe.
Another trend to which we would like to say goodbye today is that of open spaces with a combined entrance, living room, dining room and kitchen. The optimal chocie would be to have a separate entrance area where to leave shoes, clothes and personal effects, which have been outside and therefore more exposed to a risk of contagion in a safe area, where they will have to be washed, avoiding transport dirt in the most intimate areas of the house.

Self-sufficient energy and water

The buildings of the future will become increasingly independent and self-sufficient, will be equipped with autonomous water supply and heating. Geothermal wells are already having a lot of popularity. In addition to water, they can partially provide a house with heating.
Obviously the other autonomous heating sources to have as a safety net are well-known to all of us are: stoves, fireplaces, solid fuel boiler, fuel generator, solar panels.
Autonomous mini-stations that generate alternative energy will become reality.
The goal will be independence from the outside world, minimizing risks in the event of a complete shutdown.
Satellite Internet is currently an expensive and inconvenient service, accessible only to certain people and organizations such as the military. In the future, developments for civilian use will be accelerated, giving us very fast Internet access.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

To feel safer and more protected, the people who can afford it will be willing to pay for filtering systems necessary to install a well, safe from the penetration of viruses and bacteria.
The manufacturers of smart home systems will take another step forward, their programs will not only control the air temperature in the house, but also its quality and if necessary they will automatically clean it. In this way, the air from the outside will be filtered and sanitized.
For the most demanding, cleaning rooms will be built with antiseptic dispensers. Crossing this space will be the only way in the house for deliveries and guests. In addition, it will be possible to have a lamp that generates ultraviolet radiation capable of killing harmful organisms such as viruses and bacteria.

Agriculture and gardens

There will be a boom in gardens on the balconies and in interior gardens, as our grandparents have always said and as we have been able to verify ourselves during this stressful period, gardening is an extremely relaxing activity. In fact, it has been shown how physical interaction with plants and greenery is good for our psycho-physical health.
In addition to producing food, indoor gardens can provide oxygen. The trend of phytowalls has already existed for a few years but could be back in fashion.

Stop mass production

After 2 months of quarantine, the sky of China has changed color, finally the pollution level has decreased leaving the air clean.
Also here in Europe nature has taken its course again, animals have returned to live in unusual areas, inhabited and usually trafficked.
There are many other discoveries that we will make, we hope for a new world capable of looking at the things that really matter. There will be fewer objects and they will be chosen responsibly, taking care of the environmental and social impact that their production has had.

A new home office

After  lock down, there are people who can’t wait to return to the office and meet colleagues while others aren’t willing to return.
More attention will be paid to work from home.
At home the space organization will change, our workplace will no longer be a makeshift table that has become a desk for the occasion with a lamp and a makeshift office chair relegated somewhere in the corner of the living room or under the stairs.
The office will be in an exclusively dedicated room, completely separated from the other rooms possibly with a large window, blackout curtains and comfortable furniture. The office must be technically equipped, soundproofed and equipped with a good internet connection and Wi-Fi.
The chair will be comfortable and ergonomic, capable of preserving the health of the worker who, very often, will be forced to work harder and therefore sit for more than 8 hours a day.
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