Our Homes are Evolving in 2021

With 2020 behind us, it’s time to focus on the future. Now that we are spending more time at home than ever before, the ways in which we cook, entertain, work and relax in our homes changed significantly. We’re even seeing a growth in popularity of the “broken plan” concept.


With restaurants, bars, and other venues having restrictions —if not shut down entirely—our homes and backyards have become community hubs for loved ones to hang out at a responsible social distance. “We have seen significant increases in requests for sunrooms and decks,” says TCB’s owner, Rick Thomas. “They want to create a comfortable oasis outside to spend time with extended family and friends.”


Conversely, one of the key design elements in this year’s kitchens will be a visual and physical connection to the outdoors. Folding patio doors and larger windows will be used to achieve unobstructed views. As a bonus, these doors and windows provide fresh air flow, a desirable trend resulting from the pandemic.

semi-open plan living room and kitchen


Since travel is still at a minimum, homeowners are looking for ways to make home feel like a retreat, creating spa-like bathrooms and places for relaxation that take cues from hospitality design. “Steam showers, deep soaking tubs and heated floors are more popular than ever before,” according to Rick. “Rainfall shower heads and built-in benches add to the spa feel.”


With most of our daily lives confined to the home, having separate spaces for different activities is more important than ever. Zoning will replace open-plan in a concept being referred to as ‘broken-plan’. While retaining the spacious feel of an open floor plan, the trend employs the use of glass partitions, open shelving, freestanding furniture or cabinetry to create distinct zones and nest-like nooks intended for cooking, relaxing and entertaining. Check out Houzz Magazine for examples and inspiration.

modern living room with open partition


Ancillary spaces – functional utility, laundry, pantry and mud rooms – provide the perfect space in which to house everyday essentials. Ancillary spaces and larder cupboards have become the ultimate status symbol and are fast becoming number one on kitchen wish lists.

Experiencing a global pandemic is sure to have a lasting effect on us all and our homes as well.