The Covid Effect: Homeowners seeking more private, office space

Family members hunkering down together are looking for a room of their own

National Weekend Edition /
Jan.January 09, 2022 02:22 PM

The latest Covid variant has many realizing they need a room of their own. (Getty)

 

The man-cave isn’t just for dads anymore. Now everyone wants their own space.

Open-concept living areas featuring great rooms connecting kitchen, living and dining areas are still popular in the time of Covid-19, but families members who may be seeing too much of each other as they hunker down are increasingly seeking a room of their own.

And that means increasing space in private portions of the home to accommodate larger sleeping areas or places to get work done, according to the website Mansion Global.

“People want space, generous layouts, room for a king or queen size bed in all bedrooms, and a home office in addition to that,” Bianca D’Alessio of NestSeekers International in New York told the publication.

Extra rooms are now at the top of many buyers’ wish lists, with additional bedrooms being converted to workout areas, offices or a library where dwellers can go to decompress — even if main areas of the house stay wide open.

“In my experience, the vast majority of buyers do [still] prefer the open floor plan, because we’re all living much more casually,” Nicole Hechter, a Corcoran agent in New York, told the website. “However there has been a real trend towards needing at bare minimum a home office or extra bedroom — for people working from home with kids doing homework at home it’s critical.”

As the Omnicron variant bears down, sending students back home and keeping office workers from their commutes, the need for flexibility in the home is becoming more apparent, the site says.

That means even having the option of closing off open spaces with pocket doors to ensure kids can get privacy while doing their homework in the living room as food gets prepared in the kitchen.

“Because we are in such an unknown moment regarding the pandemic, I think people are looking for flexibility to be able to pivot if we need to,” Nikki Field, founder of The Field Team at Sotheby’s International Realty in New York, told the publication.

[Mansion Global] — Vince DiMiceli





    Related Articles

    arrow_forward_ios
    Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
    Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
    Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
     Fredrik Eklund and the property (Getty, Steve Frankel)
    Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
    Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
    Gordon Ramsey and his Lucky Cat restaurant (Lucky Cat)
    Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
    Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
    Lever House set for $100M redevelopment, restoration
    Lever House set for $100M redevelopment, restoration
    Lever House set for $100M redevelopment, restoration
    Smile! BDG nabs $125M refinancing at Harlem multifamily
    Smile! BDG nabs $125M refinancing at Harlem multifamily
    Smile! BDG nabs $125M refinancing at Harlem multifamily
    PS 64 at 605 East 9th St and MRC’s Josh Zegen (Google Maps, LinkedIn)
    East Village’s languishing PS 64 nears foreclosure
    East Village’s languishing PS 64 nears foreclosure
    WeWork buys Dallas-based Common Desk in first acquisition since going public
    WeWork buys Dallas-based Common Desk in first acquisition since going public
    WeWork buys Dallas-based Common Desk in first acquisition since going public
    Equity Group Investments chairman Sam Zell (Getty, iStock)
    Office market’s recovery will outpace retail amid “viability” questions, Zell says
    Office market’s recovery will outpace retail amid “viability” questions, Zell says
    arrow_forward_ios

    The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

    Loading...