Saturday, October 1, 2022

Four bedrooms… four bathrooms? How COVID is changing home design

“The Barnaby” may be an odd name for a futuristic home, but it claims to be a four-bedroom display home.

Located in a small town in South Carolina, it is the size of an average new home in Australia and looks quite ordinary from the outside.

Inside, the differences are clear: a front-door “vestibule” for no-contact home delivery, two “pocket” home offices (neither of which is a bedroom), a school room, a quarantine room, a “secret” room” behind a bookcase (for living alone), and more Four bathroom.

a secret room hidden behind a book case
A secret room hidden behind a book case in the Barnaby display house.,Supplied by: Dahlin Group,

In case you haven’t guessed it by now, it’s a pandemic-shaped design.

The team of architects, social researchers and marketing experts who dreamed it up says every detail is insightful from a survey about the impact of COVID on homes and communities in America.

What in Australia? Here, the property industry is seeing demand for amenities like The Barnby’s (though not four bathrooms).

The dedicated home office is king, and there is generally a greater appreciation for good design and build quality.

COVID highlights all the problems we already have with housing And Asked us to do more with our homes including work from home (WFH).

So, what would a perfect post-COVID Australian home look like? And will there actually be any construction?

Enter ‘flex space’

Barnaby’s design choices were informed by the America at Home Study, which surveyed more than 6,000 American adults in 2020.

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