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Changes in how we want to live and work at home

Research has revealed the significant impact of the coronavirus pandemic on how people want to live and work at home.

UK homeowners are increasingly demanding environmentally efficient properties that better support their new ways of living, as well as their mental health, happiness and family cohesion.

The research commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) reveals the majority of homeowners (70 per cent of survey respondents) believe the design of their home has affected their mental wellbeing during the pandemic.

Spending more time in their home has made people more stressed (11 per cent), anxious (10 per cent) and depressed (10 per cent).

Nine per cent have admitted they have found it harder to relax and six per cent say it’s negatively impacted their productivity.

Changes to the home

The research sought to understand the mental and physical benefits of living in a better-designed home.

The findings highlight that 23 per cent believe a better-designed home will increase their happiness; some 31 per cent agree they would be able to relax more, while approximately 17 per cent say they would sleep better.

Insights also revealed that with working from home now the “new normal” for many, some 15 per cent want to improve the design of their home to help them be more productive.

And with families spending more time together at home, more than one in 10 believe making changes to the design of their home would help them to live more harmoniously with others in the house.

Extensions and remodelling projects

Eight out of 10 respondents identified one or more of the changes that they would now like to make to the design of their home after lockdown, these include: reconfiguring their existing spaces or extending their homes.

Nearly one in 10 would change their open-plan design in favour of creating separate rooms, but, in contrast, 14 per cent would like to make their home more open plan.

Some 40 per cent want more environmental-design features, including improving the amount of natural daylight, improving the energy-efficiency of their home and improved sound-proofing between spaces.

Other wish list changes include would like more flexible living, home office space and room to accommodate an extended family.



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