The home office has become indispensable over the last couple of years and will still be high on homeowners’ wish lists. However, rooms dedicated to a specific purpose—think recreation spaces, hobby areas and other themed rooms––are on the horizon.
“Home offices continue to be a common requirement, but we’re starting to see gyms, spas and glam rooms make their way onto the list of must-haves as well,” said Benjamin Johnston, an interior designer in Houston. “Many of our new construction clients are requesting specialized spaces that minimize the need to leave home.”
Meditation rooms are increasing in popularity, according to Georgia Zikas, a designer based in West Hartford, Connecticut. She believes “people will continue to seek out quiet, thoughtful spaces within their homes,” tailoring rooms as space allows.
And since folks have been going out less and socializing at home more, they’re shifting energy to pastimes like wine. “We are designing increasingly large and elaborate wine rooms with multiple rooms for tasting and storage as people look to entertain in their homes,” said Luke Olson, senior associate at GTM Architects in Bethesda, Maryland. “We’ve gotten requests for wine rooms providing storage capacity for 2,500-plus bottles with a mix of options for storage and display to accommodate individual bottles, magnum bottles, wine boxes, etc.”
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