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How Amenity Design Can Make or Break Residential Projects

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How Amenity Design Can Make or Break Residential Projects

Housing Design Matters offers tips for updating residential amenities to accommodate changing homeowner preferences

April 13, 2022
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Amenity features for residential spaces can be a major selling point for incoming buyers and renters, but keeping them up to date is key, says Housing Design Matters. As homeowner preferences are redefined post-pandemic, so too are the demands for new and improved amenity design.

Residential housing units and shared living spaces are beginning to incorporate pet-friendly areas after a growing number of homeowners also became pet owners throughout the last two years. Parcel rooms and package delivery hubs can keep mail organized and secure for those switching to online shopping, and remote work areas also benefit a growing share of professionals turning their living spaces into home offices. Lastly, outdoor living areas are becoming a top priority for many homeowners looking to get out of their homes after years of quarantine restrictions and work-from-home ordinances. 

Like residential design, amenity design has been disrupted by the pandemic. As we look out into the future in a post-pandemic world, what changes did the past 2+ years bring? My top five include:

  • Increase in Pet ownership
  • Increase on-line ordering
  • Work from home
  • Desire for more outdoor living & activities
  • Flexibility & storage

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