New Design Considerations Due to the Pandemic

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, by Nancy Keates, illuminated some of the design changes we may see as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Acclaimed architects from around the country were interviewed and articulated some thought-provoking ideas based on their personal experiences of suddenly being forced to work from home… a home which they designed.
Here are some of the highlights:
• A large open transitional living space created acoustical challenges for a family of four (all working and schooling from home), forcing one architect to be sequestered in a dark, isolated basement for phone calls and video conferencing. The solution calls for spaces that can be closed off as needed.
• The need for more expansive outdoor seating options became apparent when trying to safely socialize with neighbors while maintaining proper distances.
• Creating flexible work areas and the need to be able to see outside were other points of consideration made by the architects, along with the ability to isolate a sick person in a comfortable space that includes a bathroom and kitchenette if possible.
• With restaurant closures and more family meals prepared at home, a larger kitchen with additional food storage developed into an unforeseen priority.
• An entry vestibule creating a “hygiene station” and the opportunity for no contact deliveries was mentioned as an unexpected home feature needing to be addressed.
Throughout history, pandemics have inspired major changes in society and the impact on interior design and architecture is no different. If our Decker Ross Team can help you address any of these, or other design challenges, please let us know. We are here to help our clients and community in any way we can during this difficult time and beyond.
Project Designers: Jen Kravchuk and Marci Tempesta
Article by Shawn Tanney Richards

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