It may be a new year, but some of the changes we experienced in 2020 seem to be here to stay—at least for a while. As people continue to spend more time at home than usual, some are rethinking the functionality of their home and whether it still meets their needs.

If you’re thinking about making some changes to your house, here are four trends that are expected to be popular in 2021.

  1. Closed floor plan. For years, open floor plans that combine kitchen, living and dining spaces have been popular. But with multiple people in a single household working from home and participating in online learning, some homeowners are looking for clearly delineated spaces that offer more privacy.
  2. Indoor/outdoor living spaces. If you’re looking for ways to optimize your current living area, outdoor spaces that are an extension of your home’s interior will give you more options for entertaining or hanging out with the family.
  3. Home offices. Many people have been working from home for nearly a year now. And according to a 2020 Upwork survey, by 2025, the number of Americans working from home will be up 87% compared to pre-pandemic levels. With remote work becoming the new norm for many, working from a laptop on the couch won’t cut it anymore. Many people are looking to convert unused areas in their homes to dedicated work spaces.
  4. Eco-friendly features. As people become more aware of the impact of climate change, homeowners are increasingly turning to more eco-friendly features. Expect to see an increase in the use of recycled materials, programmable thermostats, solar panels and other features that will help homeowners minimize their impact on the environment.

Are you planning on doing some renovations to your home this year or looking for a new house that better meets your needs? If so, give us a call today. We can help you find the home loan that’s right for you.