A lot of people are making specific home improvements because of the situation with the pandemic. While many don’t mind the change in scenery, some are doubting whether it would be worth it. After all, the pandemic isn’t going to last forever, and making changes just for this situation might be a waste of money. However, there are actually a lot of benefits to making home renovations related to the virus now.
A vaccine might take a while
Even with our advanced technology, finding cures and vaccines can still be a struggle, especially if it’s something new like the coronavirus. Currently, experts are still figuring out what works at treating the virus with COVID-19 protease inhibitor tests and medication trials. Actually creating a vaccine can take months, and there’s still time spent testing the said vaccine.
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Basically, there is a good chance that the current situation will continue for another year. It might not be as strict as it initially was, but remote working and social distancing will still be the standard. This is why making the necessary preparations now will help you in the coming year.
Staying at home for long periods of time can be difficult, but you can remodel your home to make it easier to adjust to the new normal. If you are working remotely, try converting a spare room into a home office. For those who miss doing exercise, then you can start creating a small personal gym. Some changes to the lighting and wallpaper can make it less dull and boring to look at.
Personal spaces can still be used in the future.
People are starting to realize the importance of having individual spaces around the house. Although the home is for the family, it is important that every member has their own privacy. During a time where everyone is home more often than not, they may need a few moments to themselves undisturbed, hence the need for personal spaces and rooms. On top of that, children will need a place for online classes and parents a quiet place for meetings.
Offices and workspaces don’t necessarily have to be a big area either. Interior designers today are proposing new floor plans that have small offices that are roughly 7-by-7 feet. It’s just enough for a design and a few shelves for additional storage. They have even considered built-in desks in public spaces because they found that many people prefer working in these places.
It encourages more hygienic practices
For a lot of households, placing rubbing alcohol bottles around the house may seem like overkill, but now it has become almost a necessity. You can still catch the virus even from objects, so people are making an extra effort to clean the things they receive. This can be a useful habit to have in the future as well because it promotes constant cleaning.
For frontliners, all of them head straight for the bathroom to shower and wash after coming from work. However, a lot of them think that walking around the house to get to the bathroom is still a bit risky. That is why many have started to install disinfecting stations in the most accessible area in their homes. Bathrooms near the front doors or even just a sink near the garage are extremely useful. If you are living with someone who is in the garage a lot, then it gives them a reason to clean up before entering the house. Bathrooms on the first floors mean kids can also wash up before dinner and can’t complain that the bathroom is too far.
Another thing that many people are starting to look into during and most likely after the pandemic are improved ventilation systems. Better ventilation is said to reduce the risk of infection because it flushes out the contaminated air. However, it also has the benefit of improving your overall air quality.
A functional home is a sustainable home
Some people have gone and started working on their landscape to make room for more plants and crops. Others are changing lights to more energy-efficient alternatives because they realize the increase in the electric bill from working at home. Making changes like this are great not just during a time of a pandemic but also afterward.
Creating more functional home renovations is extremely useful because it also protects you from major life changes in the future. These kinds of homes are also easier to manage while being able to last a long time. When you decide to sell it or give it to your kids, then you have a home that can survive the next generations.