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Garage Space, Disinfection Top Consumer Changes in Their Homes

January 5, 2021

The pandemic is influencing home design in ways that are likely to continue for years to come. For example, garage space is getting more attention, and cleanliness is continuing to remain prominent, according to the America At Home Study, based on nearly 4,000 respondents nationwide and conducted in October and November.

“Disinfecting things more” remained at the top of the list of changes consumers said they’ve made during the pandemic. And they’re committed to keeping their homes clean. Eighty percent of respondents called this a lasting behavior change in their home.

Also, garage space is getting more focus as homeowners look to increase the utility of this space, the survey says. Adding space for storage topped the list for garage projects. Younger adults surveyed were more likely to say they made space in their garages for a home gym.

Among the survey’s other findings on lasting trends, since the pandemic began, consumers are:

  • Upgrading technology
  • Using backyards to entertain family or friends
  • Using rooms for combined purposes
  • Reorganizing to create more storage

Consumers expressed greater interest in additional storage; home gym and exercise area; home office and workspace; craft and game areas; and pet grooming areas.

They also showed interest in a laundry room off the garage for the sake of “safety,” the survey said.

The survey found only one feature that dropped in popularity from when the survey was conducted in April and then again in October: The interest in germ-resistant countertops and flooring declined by 5%. Nevertheless, this was still the third-most-requested feature in the second study in October, with 50% of consumers continuing to express interest and remain willing to pay more for it.