One of the few constants of 2020 was the incertitude of what the future will hold. As we continue to get used to a new normal in 2021 where a typical day includes Zoom calls and remote learning, having a home that functions as a safe and comfortable space is more important than ever.
If you’re in the market for a new house this year, the following New Home Checklist will help you make sure you have everything you need to find solace in a familiar space as you navigate an uncertain future.
A Spacious Home Office
The pandemic has transformed the way we work, and experts estimate that 25-30% of the US workforce could continue working from home throughout 2021. While remote working was a source of disruption at first, many employers are seeing the benefits of this new model and will continue to offer a more flexible workplace in the long-term.
Working from home increases productivity and frees up time spent commuting, but finding a work-life balance can be challenging. Thus, a spacious home office with plenty of natural lighting is a must-have feature for any new home. Townhomes like The Richmond have an optional upper loft with an additional bedroom you can turn into a home office or flex room. Creating this space on a level that is separate from your living area will help you adopt a healthy work-life balance.
Convenient Outdoor Living
Being cooped up at home creates a need for outdoor spaces where you can relax, exercise and get some fresh air. One of the biggest new home checklist items of 2021 is functional outdoor living space. People are transforming their patios into luxurious outdoor areas with cooking amenities, and making the most of their yards by starting sustainable gardens.
Our Burnt Pine Estates community is an ideal example of comfortable and modern housing with access to outdoor spaces. The different home sites of this community are surrounded by nature, and homeowners have access to the nearby Mason District dog park, Green Springs Garden and Rynex Natural Area.
We’re seeing another trend emerge with the demand for “staycation” amenities. With 46% of people being less likely to travel domestically, a growing number of homeowners want to recreate a fun and relaxing getaway experience at home with features like movie rooms, rec rooms, and spa-like bathrooms.
While some amenities like spacious laundry rooms are convenient and help with health and wellness, other amenities like luxurious bathrooms and gourmet kitchens are all about improving your quality of life and managing your stress. Look for features like owner’s suites with a connected owner’s bath for the ultimate luxury experience at home!
Craftmark Homes is located in the greater Washington, D.C. Metro area, and we’re celebrating 30 years of experience building dream homes. We offer townhomes with modular floor plans, communities with plenty of outdoor space and luxury amenities that will surely mark off all the boxes on your new home checklist. Contact us today to find out about available homes.