Things once considered luxuries are now becoming regarded as necessities as the home has become more the centre of our universe after our experiences through the pandemic. We now are more likely to want features that make living and working from home exciting and comfortable.
Our home has expanded to become our office, our gym … a destination … a staycation.
We want our outdoor spaces. Outdoor living spaces have been upgraded, state-of-the-art outdoor kitchens installed, and we do what’s needed to provide the ultimate indoor-outdoor experience.
The desire for more child-friendly amenities has hugely increased since we experienced working from home and home-schooling as part of everyday life. Large playrooms, sand pits, jungle gyms, swimming pools and half courts that can be used for basketball, skates and scooters are now important.
Almost every home buyer wants a work-from-home space, preferably spacious, quiet offices that give a great Zoom background.
We want space for the hobbies and sporting activities we’ve taken up – perhaps even simulated putting greens or batting cages and basketball courts.
The home gym has become a non-negotiable for many. Bring on the state-of-the-art home fitness space, with Pilates equipment and weight rooms, so we don’t have to worry about centres and gyms with restricted hours and capacity.
Home buyers are now impressed by kitchens with extra-large pantries or adjoining storage rooms should they need to stock up.
Sanitizing amenities and air filtration systems have become increasingly popular.
Luxury buyers are very keen on the salon-at-home, ready for the hairdresser, nail technician and masseuse to make a house-call. They want their at-home pampering space ready and welcoming.