How COVID Changed Home Design And Building - Top Trends From The Plan Collection

Multifunctional Spaces, Double Kitchen Islands and Expanded Garages Lead New House Design and Construction Trends

March 4, 2021 2:09 PM EST

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SCARSDALE, N.Y., March 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- It has been a tumultuous year since the COVID-19 pandemic started and flexibility has become the name of the game in house design trends. As people spend more time at home, they have sought out design options that allow their favorite spaces to feel as expansive, versatile and comforting as possible according to The Plan Collection, the pioneer of online home design plans. Home styles and layouts have changed to give way to practical solutions so people can use every square foot in their homes.

The Plan Collection and its expert designers have seen the following trends take over home design:


  • In an age of remote work and school, residents need flexible spaces that can easily transition from one function to the next. The living room is no longer just a living room, nor is the dining room merely a dining room. These multifunctional spaces take this new reality into account, integrating creative solutions to quickly transform a suitable area into a home office, classroom, lounge, gym or playroom.

"Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, families have been reimagining their floor plans on the fly. A number of these changes are now showing up in the latest house design plans. Rather than a fully open floor plan, homeowners desire a multifunctional 'flex space' — often where the formal dining room used to be — designed to be used for whatever purpose is important at the time: 'Zoom Room,' study room, home office, craft room, toy room or den," said The Plan Collection's Publishing Director Tim Bakke.


  • Recent trends towards multifunctional spaces have caused today's kitchen island to transition from a critical meal prep area to a study space or even a temporary home office. The answer? A double island, which ensures that free space is always available for preparing meals.
  • Double islands also make it possible to abandon the traditional kitchen table altogether. A great alternative: a dining-designated island equipped with bar stools and storage cabinets, accompanied by an island strictly meant for cooking, also incorporating cabinetry.
  • Many people prefer the versatility of double islands, which can be found in surprisingly small kitchens when sized accordingly.


  • Garages are no longer just for storing vehicles and "recreational toys." They also serve as workshops and, increasingly, casual gathering spaces. Expanded garages have taken this reality into account while also providing plenty of room for traditional garage functions.
  • The three-car garage has shifted from a luxury to a necessity. It has become a significant feature in multi-generational homes, in which several adults may require space for their vehicles.


  • With so many health clubs closed due to the pandemic, families find the need for a dedicated space to play, exercise and unwind.


  • The growth in multi-generational households and Baby Boomers electing to age in place results in home designs with improved accessibility.


  • Socially distanced gatherings in the backyard get creative as covered porches, decks and patios get transformed for year-round enjoyment with everything from outside heaters for chilly nights to pergolas and fire pits.


ABOUT THE PLAN COLLECTIONThe Plan Collection offers more than 22,000 affordable house plans developed by the nation's most talented architects and designers. Through the use of pre-drawn yet customizable plans, both builders and those looking to build can develop their dream homes at a lower cost. In addition to the wide selection of available plans, the site offers detailed how-to articles and knowledgeable customer service representatives to help visitors find swift answers to their questions. For more information, visit


Jessica PrahParamount Public Relationsjessica@paramountpr.com312-953-3257

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