AD PRO by Architectural Digest asked Jim Westover, Principal and Residential Practice Leader at William Duff Architects, to weigh in on the seven requests clients are expected to make post COVID-19.
Clearly defined spaces
“How do you create a modern home, a modern floor plan for a modern family?” posits Jim Westover, partner-principal at William Duff Architects. “The open-plan concept probably doesn’t work so well if more than one person is working from home or if the kids are being noisy, so that concept may be refined with partitions to dedicate space for working/home office—or some hybrid where the communal spaces are open concept, but they are supplemented by adjacent spaces that can accommodate quiet, focused activities or work.”
Westover also advocates for bringing back the Murphy bed, which neatly stows away when not in use, as a flexible solution to equip a spare room that can double as a guest room and home office.
Working out at home
With gyms closed for months, people have resorted to at-home workout regimens. But where does exercise take place when a partner is on a conference call and the kids are on an all-class Zoom meeting? “Home gyms have become almost as important as the home office,” Westover says. “While a high percentage of home gyms may not have previously been used, they probably are now that wellness at home has become more of a focus.”
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