As the struggles to cope-up with the new normal suddenly changed our lives, it also shifted our overall perspective in life. Though scientists and researchers already knew the possibility of a global virus outbreak, many nations and people underestimated the impact during the first quarter of this year. Now, it’s impossible to deny that every human was affected in one way or another.
Due to this ongoing pandemic that put us all to home quarantines and hospital confinement, you might already reconsider your life goals. Now, what you might think as luxuries such comfortable homes with high-end technologies could be the essential features and designs you need to survive.
With what you already experienced, choosing a residential space is more than merely choosing a place close to your work and commercial establishments, but an essential, safe haven to keep you alive. Architects, engineers, and developers already constructed buildings to withstand or at least minimized the damages from large calamities such storms, floods, and earthquakes, but few had prepared contingency plans for the invisible, deadly virus.
Even after we won the fight against COVID-19, your lifestyle will never be the same as before. So, finding a property with architectural designs and features suited for the new normal could help you live comfortably while staying healthy and productive.
Residential Space With Available Set-Up For Home Office
As millions have already lost their jobs, the saving grace for other people is that companies have allowed them to shift to a work-from-home set-up. Either you live in an apartment with limited space or a single-detached house, your residential place must have enough workspace.
Having an available set-up for a home office is essential nowadays as it became the new requirement for many households. Tasks usually done in offices and schools are mostly carried out now at home. From now on, always consider looking for a residential space designed with a home office.
Prioritized Health And Cleanliness
Health and wellness are what many property seekers prioritized even before this pandemic. Real estate developers sold many properties from selling these features.
Now, the cleanliness also concerned buyers to prevent from getting infected. Of course, cleanliness is almost always present in communities, but simple waste segregation and sweeping of floors are not enough especially at this time, regular disinfection as one of the additional means should also be implemented.
Again, what seems luxury before is now essential as more homeowners and investors will demand services for health and cleanliness.
Joe Cheng, the owner of a world-class Hong Kong-based design firm, Cheng Chung Design, said that the design community already started strategies to prevent a pandemic. He also said that this is his first type of crisis, but probably not the last one.
As additional preventive measures, sterilization areas, exercise spaces, and naturally-ventilated lots are now provided in residential projects. Also, alcohol hand-spraying and temperature checking from security personnel became the normal routine.
Local Suppliers To Maintain Sustainability
From time-to-time and depending on the place, travel restrictions changes. In our country, thousands of locally stranded individuals (LSI) have the hardest time getting back to their respective provinces. Also, people could not simply get out of the country to work abroad unless they complied with many requirements, both from the local and foreign governments.
As people could not travel easily, it also means more logistical challenges for businesses relying on suppliers abroad. To prevent delays, many real estate developers will source locally for their supply of materials, laborers, and services within the country.
Sustainability will remain essential to keep them earning credits for good environmental practices. As the world waits for the COVID-19 vaccine, the demand for local supplies will continue to increase.
For local suppliers, they now have a greater chance to showcase the competency of the quality of their products and services on a larger scale. This will encourage better income for businesses within the Philippines. Local suppliers who can meet the customers’ demands will greatly thrive even in the post-pandemic as they already have shown they can provide, if not as much, but more than their international competitors.
Privacy As Another Essential Need
As attractive as they are, public amenities such as swimming pools and gyms are not the go-to places, at least for now. For good reasons, people avoid public facilities, and it would take time before we see the masses comfortable again in going to such places. As a result, privacy became an essential need not just for the luxury of isolation, but a personal space to prevent viral infection.
As the real estate market became familiar with social distancing, many people would agree on the essential importance of privacy in purchasing a house. Even after this pandemic, nearby essential shops and emergency healthcare facilities will also be put into considerations of the future homeowners.
Smart Technology For Contactless Lifestyle
Smart home technology is another luxury feature that became an essential need. Using sensor-based appliances, you can possibly live a contactless lifestyle to reduce the spread of invisible enemies such as viruses and bacterias. In the future, technology such as keyless door entry, temperature regulators, and air filters will become essential features for an ideal home.
Dan Kodsi, the real deal when it comes to real estate technology in the US, predicted that touch-based biometrics would become obsolete as many people would not want to put their thumbs on a public scanner. As a result, many developers tried future-proofing their projects with hands-free design to anticipate the contactless lifestyle.
More Nature-Inspired Designs
For many people who are used to an outgoing way of life, being at home most of the time bored them a lot. After the pandemic, it’s already expected many will go out to provinces or make a nature trip to any possible nearby locations.
As anticipation, developers chose nature-inspired designs to attract more home buyers. This type of design will become the new norm, both in residential and commercial projects. Though these natural concepts are already constructed in many places, the demand will significantly increase. People will need breathing spaces and wellness centers as they already felt restricted with their current situations.
Ayala Land Adheres To The New Normal Architecture
As one of the Philippines’ pioneers in real estate development, Ayala Land is always in adherence to these new normal architectures. The company is always on track of the revolutionary designs and features to secure the balance between comfort and safety.
Though we guarantee you our best effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we could only hope that these measures will prevent future outbreaks. Whether this will happen again or not, we will continue to create not just well planned-out buildings, but also a more sensitive and caring community that can adapt to any future crises.
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