During the coronavirus outbreak, the simple act of walking in the front door has turned from a mundane moment to an involved process. We carefully remove face masks, throw away gloves, take off our shoes, reach for the hand sanitizer, or head to the sink to wash our hands. In the future, even once we ditch the masks and gloves, we may still think a little differently about our entryways.
The return of the mudroom, or an antechamber between the front door and the house, provides the ideal spot to remove shoes, hang up jackets, and slather on sanitizer before stepping inside. And even for homes that don’t have the luxury of a separate mudroom, there may be an increased focus on creating a clean and organized entryway “drop zone” so we can leave our germs at the door.
Antimicrobial Materials (Hello, Copper!)
Some materials are naturally antimicrobial, or the have intrinsic properties that destroy microorganisms. Fortunately, some common materials, including copper and its alloys brass and bronze, are antimicrobial. For this reason, we foresee copper, brass, and bronze hardware and fixtures becoming very popular in the months ahead. These fixtures will help destroy germs and bacteria on kitchen cabinet handles or doorknobs, even if we’re not constantly dousing them with disinfecting spray.
Note: Just be sure when you’re shopping that the hardware is made of real copper or brass—many options are actually zinc or steel with a painted gold or copper finish.
Recently, as we all wash our hands more often than ever before, we’re paying extra attention to our sinks. The home retail experts at Build.com predict that touch-free faucets, like this sleek Kohler option, could become more popular as we all try to design a more hygienic home. If you’ve ever worried about getting your freshly washed hands instantly germy again when you turn off the faucet, this is the solution.
A few months ago, a home office was generally considered a nice bonus, but in the post-coronavirus real estate world, it may become a necessity. Now that stay-at-home orders have required many companies to set up systems for remote work, some predict that WFH will remain popular, even once quarantine ends. Suddenly, the home office that was once a luxury may become a must-have.
Although there isn’t any scientific evidence yet that high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters can capture the novel coronavirus, studies have shown that air filtration can reduce the transmission of the flu and measles, as noted by Consumer Reports. Even as we await the scientific evidence, the novel respiratory disease, coupled with more time spent at home, is making many of us rethink our indoor air quality.
Replacing or upgrading the filters in HVAC units in homes, as well as investing in air purifiers for homes and apartments, may soon become a top priority.
Everything that comprises your own home gym is up to you. There is no one size fits all rule but you should consider variables such as available room size, required weight, training intensity, and your preferred workouts method. A home gym can include smaller pieces of equipment to suit functional training all the way up to power racks for deep squats and massive weights. However, if you are short on space you may not be able to bring in larger equipment. Having a room especially for your fitness equipment is key if you’re looking to build a physique with adequate muscle. Converting your living room into a gym isn’t the best idea even if you are living alone.