COVID-19 has brought changes to everything, and home design is no exception. Experts are expecting to see lasting impacts on everything from the materials we use to the rooms we prioritize.
Bob Gauthier of Yard Service Landscape Experts, whose business serves customers in Warwick, Cranston, Coventry and other communities, said many homeowners are seeing their properties in a new way during the pandemic.
“With people being at home because of COVID … A lot of people are taking a look at their properties and seeing they want to do some improvements,” he said.
For many clients, Gauthier said, that means adding functional or aesthetic features such as walkways or shrubs. For others who have found themselves “busier than ever” during the pandemic, he said, that means seeking the services of a professional to assist with tasks they might otherwise have undertaken themselves.
Business remains “very steady,” Gauthier said: “It’s a tick up, it’s definitely not a tick down.”
In particular, landscaping – the focus of his company – remains heavily in demand. Gauthier said many homeowners are seeking to add new features to their outdoor spaces, such as patios, fire pits or waterfalls.
“They’re dedicated to their property,” he said.
Gauthier, a native Rhode Islander who was born and raised in Warwick, employs about 17 people through Yard Service Landscape Experts. He has been doing landscaping work since he was 10 years old. The company can be reached at or by calling (401) 828-1202.
Check out these and other noteworthy home design trends:
Houses over apartments: Many people who live in condos or apartments do so to be closer to the action – work, entertainment and shops – and never planned on spending much time at home. But the pandemic has changed that, and more people are going to want a home that offers plenty of room and outdoor space in case they need to self-isolate again.
Self-sufficiency: A hard lesson we’ve learned is that things and services we thought we could count on aren’t necessarily a sure thing, so items that increase self-reliance will become very popular. Expect to see more homes with sources of energy like solar panels, sources of heat like fireplaces and stoves, and even urban and indoor gardens that allow you to grow your own produce.
Outdoor living: Between playgrounds closing and parks becoming overcrowded, many of us are turning to our balconies, patios and backyards for fresh air and nature. This means we’re going to be investing more in our outdoor spaces, with functional kitchens, soothing water features, cozy firepits, and high-quality outdoor furniture to create a much-needed escape.
Healthier spaces: Thanks to spending more time indoors and reprioritizing our health, we’ll turn to design to help ensure our homes are safe and healthy for our families. We’ll see a rise in products like water filtration systems as well as materials that improve indoor air quality. For new homes and additions, alternatives to wood-framing like insulated concrete forms from Nudura, which offer improved ventilation for healthier indoor air quality and an environment that’s less susceptible to mold, will be key.
Home office space: Business experts are suggesting many companies will see that working from home is not only possible but offers tangible benefits, like saving money on office space rent. With working from home on the rise, creating a home office space that inspires productivity will be a major project many of us tackle. Luxury home office furniture that feels chic and blends into your décor as well as ergonomic chairs and desks will see a major boost.
Custom and quality: With the hit to the economy, people are going to be buying less, but what they do buy will be better quality, while at the same time making an effort to support American businesses. When it comes to design, trends will shift to locally made furniture, custom-built homes and pieces and materials that stand the test of time.
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