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The impact of covid-19 on design

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For much of this year there has been an increasing emphasis on the importance of our homes to ensure they meet a wide range of requirements. The interior design studio at Finchatton shares their thoughts on the impacts of Covid-19 on the design of our homes.

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The spa at Twenty Grosvenor Square, Mayfair.

The rising importance of certain rooms:

Hallway: Previously a low priority space, the hallway will now be one of the most important in the house as it is a space to remove outerwear and to sanitise hands before entering the main house. As a consequence, these areas will need to be larger than pre-Covid to allow for extra storage for coats and shoes as well as bespoke console tables accessorised with elegant leather hand sanitising dispensers.

Home office: The ergonomics of a home office are imperative to ensure that you can work in the space on a long-term basis. A bespoke desk and chair create a focal point within a space. By incorporating detailed joinery, carefully considered lighting and audio-visual equipment a space can be elegant and sophisticated as well as functional. Never before have we had so many eyes on our offices and curating the Zoom call backdrop is something that has to be incorporated into this space!

Kitchen: We are spending more time with our families and this has led to greater importance being placed on the kitchen as the focal point of a home. Making sure a kitchen is a multi-functional space is one way to ensure its use is fully optimised. A dual function kitchen island or large dining table that can double up as a desk for home schooling or as an additional office space when everyone is at home. Incorporating biophilic design will be essential in city homes such as herbs and plants to bring the outdoors inside.

Spa: Before Covid-19 there was increased demand for home gyms and equipment including peloton bikes, reformer pilates beds and cryochambers. As the emphasis on health and well-being is more prevalent than ever, this demand is set to increase further as people want a space to workout at home.

Outdoor space: Outdoor areas are becoming an extension of the house, a sanctuary to unwind in after being in the house all day. People are prioritising outdoor space and al fresco areas as part of their home. Investing in outdoor furniture and eating areas with a covering and open fires is becoming more popular and something we get more and more requests for.

The Terrace at Twenty Grosvenor Square

The use of technology to create a healthier home:

Touchless technology: Touch free front door bells and release mechanisms, lift controls, taps and light switches are an innovative way to reduce the number of surfaces being touched in a home and in turn reduce the spread of the virus throughout the home. Having a camera integrated into your doorbell is a simple way to make it work for you to manage many of the visitors from various people to your door, from the deliveries for you and neighbours to salespeople knocking at your door, this avoids you having to get up to answer the door throughout the day.

Air filtration: Air filtration systems have been implemented within our landmark development, Twenty Grosvenor Square, to ensure that hygiene standards are maintained to the highest level within a home. We have had more clients showing interest in new products in this space – not just related to the pandemic but in a response to a desire for cleaner air in our homes in the cities we live in.

Life in lockdown has given us more environmental awareness and emphasis on sustainably sourcing within the UK. Being unable to get hold of items from abroad due to lockdown means that we have all been looking to buy British more than ever. We have sourced smaller brands and individual craftsmen we may not have discovered otherwise.

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