• bathroom design

    Pandemic pushes bathroom design toward hands-free cleanliness, comfort

    Allison Greenfield never liked the bathtub in her primary bathroom or the small shower with glass that was difficult to clean. Spending so much time at home during the pandemic only intensified her eagerness for a bathroom renovation. “The huge tub wasn’t functional and was taking up so much space,” recalled Greenfield, who lives in Plymouth Meeting. “It had a really small shower, bad lighting and very little storage space.” Last spring she created her dream bathroom, with dark blue shower tile that stands out in the mostly gray and white room. Special features incorporated by contractor Tom Nguyen of TN Contracting Solutions in Bensalem include a large shower with…

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  • Garden Design

    ‘The pandemic lit a fire inside me’: how three high-fliers retrained as garden designers | Gardens

    A table and chairs covered in lichen; a grubby patio; an overgrown bed teeming with weeds … those of us with outdoor space all have corners that need attention. And as many of us continue to work from home, spending more time in the garden and entertaining friends, there has been a growing demand for professionals to visit and beautify our gardens and terraces. But, as reported earlier this summer, there’s a waiting list: the average garden designer has experienced a 25% jump in inquiries over the past year, and, according to the latest figures, has seen their turnover increase by 203%. The Society of Garden Designers reports a 62%…

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  • Home Design

    Pandemic must-haves redefined home design

    The pandemic has had a major impact on real estate in terms of pricing, inventory, availability and values. But it has also left its mark on home design with many homeowners, builders and remodelers reimagining almost every room in the house. When the pandemic forced both parents to work from home, and children were schooling from home as well, suddenly the dining room defaulted to a second office space. Zoom calls were being done from the makeshift office set up in the master bedroom because it was quiet. Kids were doing schoolwork at the kitchen island. All of which are uses that none of those spaces were designed to accommodate.…

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  • Home Improvement

    Pandemic or Not, These 4 Home Improvement Stocks Look Strong

    Home improvement stocks fared strongly last year, thanks to the pandemic that gave a boost to home buying and home-improvement activities. Halfway through 2021, home improvement players are still seeing rise in demand. Despite the ease on pandemic restrictions and rising outdoor movement, Americans continue to incline toward home renovation and maintenance projects. The prolonged indoor stint this past year made people realize the importance of homes. Industry experts opine that consumers’ discretionary spending on home are likely to continue as interests of keeping houses well maintained are here to stay, even post pandemic. Home improvement products retailers have been gaining from consumers’ investments in making homes an enjoyable and…

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  • Home Improvement

    Pandemic remodeling: Average person started two home improvement projects during COVID

    NEW YORK — From adopting a furry friend to taking on some much-needed home repairs, seven in 10 Americans say they’ve made a lot of changes in their lives over the last year. One in five Americans adopted a pet thanks to the added time at home. However, other respondents are taking on some more labor-intensive challenges. The survey of 2,000 Americans analyzed how the pandemic has changed people’s lives while at home. Some of the other top changes respondents are making during the course of the pandemic include renovating a house, apartment, or condo, buying a car or motorcycle, moving to a new location, and even starting a home-based business.…

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  • Home Design

    How the Pandemic Will Influence the Future of Home Design

    ROMAN The evolution of home design will always continue, but the COVID-19 pandemic redefined the needs and desires for the living space and set design directions on hyperdrive. Whether single-family or multifamily, owned or rented, the goal emerged to create environments that are simple to maintain, engage the senses, and are aesthetically beautiful. It adds up to creating desirable spaces that embrace an extraordinary sense of ease. Here are a few predictions about the pandemic-driven design trends that I believe are here to stay. Flexibility is Key Flexibility is the buzz for designs that facilitate easy living. Formally labeled rooms will be more loosely defined, and furnishings, design elements, and…

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  • Real Estate

    Real estate tech is bouncing back from its pandemic slump

    The pandemic had a tumultuous effect on the real estate industry. On the one hand, offices stood empty, hotel occupancy rates plummeted and construction was halted for many months. At the same time, demand for residential housing intensified as people were looking for more space to work and study. As a result, 2020 global VC deal flow into commercial real estate technologies fell nearly 80% compared with 2019. Meanwhile, venture investment into residential real estate tech dropped by less than 10% in that time, according to PitchBook data. As pandemic-related shutdowns are phasing out, both segments are seeing renewed interest from venture capitalists. Roughly six months through the year, VC…

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