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New Home Designs Reflect Needs The Pandemic Created
Bill Lewis Special to The Tennessean
Remember going to the grocery last spring and finding empty shelves where the bathroom tissue was supposed to be? Stores unexpectedly rationed sales because COVID-19 disrupted the supply chain.
The toilet paper shortage of 2020, like everything else about the pandemic, is having an effect on home designs as they change to keep up with the way we live today.
Peek behind the master bathroom door of some new houses in Williamson County and instead of an ordinary toilet you’ll find a combination potty-bidet. It’s an ordinary fixture in many European countries but something new in Tennessee.
“We’re pricing them for all of our houses and installing them in about 50 percent of the homes we build,” said Stacey Wessner, director of design and product development for Legend Homes, a Williamson County-based builder active in the new Hardeman Springs neighborhood in Arrington
The reason, she said, is “the toilet paper shortage, and so many people have traveled” to places where bidets are commonplace.
They aren’t inexpensive. The cost is around $3,500, said Wessner.
These Pandemic-Related Housing and Design Trends Aren’t Going Away
By Ana Durrani
Home trends come and go, but social distancing and staying at home have ushered in a new way of life—and some of those changes have spurred home trends that are likely to stick around well past the COVID-19 era.
“The idea of what is necessary is changing,” says Camille Thomas, a real estate matchmaker and lifestyle expert in Jackson Hole, WY. “The home has become more than a living space.”
This means a lot of people have started to evaluate how they live in their home and what matters most to them when buying. Here are some of the real estate and design trends people have latched on to during the pandemic that will likely have staying power for years to come.
The Future of Home Design – During and After COVID-19
By Keith Liston
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we live in a matter of months. With less time out in the world, we have realized the ways that our homes now need to change, too. Tiny apartments clustered around communal laundry mats and all-inclusive workout rooms must reassess safety in a new age of social distancing. Event spaces once created for public gatherings and parties must reinvent. Open-plan suburban homes with little storage and vast raised ceilings need new ways to separate work, school, and play. As increased isolation has become the new norm, so have frustrations with the one space we rely on most to be safe, comfortable, functional, and efficient: home.