Rebecca Regnier: COVID-19 inspires new ideas for homes – News – Monroe News – Monroe, Michigan

“An informal survey of my friends reveals the need for more than one office space,” Rebecca says about the work from home situation.

Has 2020 changed the way you look at your home?

A lot of people are rethinking the space they have and how to use it.

An informal survey of my friends reveals the need for more than one office space. A rethinking of “open concept.” Because now having a space to close off and soundproof walls so you can Zoom call quietly is making a lot of wish lists.

There’s always a desire for bigger kitchens, but these days it’s because we’re always in them. There’s also thought going into creative ways to use outdoor spaces during colder months.

And the need for better connectivity for school, work, and entertainment has become a need, not a want.

Experts, too, are pondering the way 2020 will impact the direction of the modern home.

If you’re fortunate enough to be able to buy, build or renovate a home, how will 2020 impact what you want?

Architects and designers say in the future, flexibility for your home spaces will be key. Today it’s your dining room. Tomorrow it needs to be a space for the kids to Zoom School. Today it’s the guest room, tomorrow it’s the human resources or accounting office. It’s not like we’re all miraculously going to be able to build 3-thousand square foot mega homes.

Architects are thinking, “How can one space serve many needs. Can walls move to accommodate the daily change in function?”

Another area that could be impacted by the pandemic is the old mudroom. Instead of just a place to drop the backpacks and boots, mudroom entryways may become the sanitizer stations, where hands are washed and visitors are disinfected before entering. Some are calling it a drop zone, where not only you but your stuff gets disinfected before entering the rest of the house.

In the kitchen, it may be that bigger pantries become all the rage. The bigger the pantry, the few trips to the grocery store.

Another item that could become as ubiquitous as the air conditioner is the air purifier. I sure have been thinking about adding that to my wish list.

There’s also the desire for private outdoor spaces from roof gardens and micro backyards for city dwellers. And apartments and condos that include porches or balconies.

Another area of interest on the rise is the small separate structure. The idea that a She Shed might need to be an office space when you need to be in a separate “go to work” structure is also gaining traction.

One of the last places to get the go-ahead to reopen were gyms. To get or stay in shape these days required creativity. Basements, lofts, attics are being eyed as the place to house bikes, weights or treadmills.

In none of the articles or surveys I’ve read has anyone mentioned a sick room. When one person in your home gets sick and needs to quarantine, will we be able to find a space to get better and not infect everyone else?

In 2020, home design has gone beyond shiplap and into what does a home need to do, not so much look like as we all figure out a new reality.

Hey HGTV, here’s my pitch: I nominate myself to host Quality Quarantine Quarters Quest! Or Masker Uppers. Call me.

Rebecca Regnier is an author and former television journalist. Visit her online at

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