Adapting Your Home to the Post-COVID Era

There are many home improvements we can make in this day and age; from needing more desk space to creating room for extended family, COVID has transformed the way we think about our home design. We have all spent more time at home over the past year than we ever have before, and it has not been without its challenges.

Virtual schooling, working from home, extended family moving in, and trying to bring entertainment to you--all of these things have given us a chance to step back from our home lives and reassess what our needs are moving forward. Elle Decor asked some architects and designers to make some predictions on the future of post-pandemic design. Here are some of the trends they foresee:

Home gyms. With people hesitant to rejoin their local fitness facilities, creating a home gym with extra space in the basement or a spare room is ideal for staying fit, healthy, and safe.

In-law suites. With more and more families needing to join spaces due to lack of work, colleges moving online, or other effects from Covid, creating more, but separate, living space can help solve problems.

Home offices. This is the big one. With so much of America's workforce jumping on the working-from-home-train, this seems like a no-brainer. Many of us have probably already shuffled furniture around and allocated space for this purpose, but creating a well-designed space solely dedicated to WFH can make all the difference.

Virtual classrooms.As with working from home, many families with school-aged children are now needing special spaces for the kids to learn virtually. Creating a separate space for a "classroom" can help kids focus and get the best out of their virtual education.

Exterior upgrades for better outdoor living. While we stay home, we want to utilize our space the best we can, and take advantage of the great space we have. This means turning our outdoors into a private, relaxing retreat. Whether it's installing outdoor heaters and heated floors to extend your outdoor season or perhaps adding that pool you've always wanted (we already saw a surge in pool additions in 2020), investing in your home's outdoor space can only benefit you, now and in the future.

Moving towards eco-friendly options. Since we are staying home a majority of the time, that means the energy bills are up. Experts predict that homeowners will be investing in eco-friendly home improvements this year to help with the bills as well as the environment.

A Modern Urban Oasis in Hyde Park

This gorgeous Hyde Park urban oasis sits nestled in a world of its own. Surrounded by trees, this specially curated home is the perfect getaway, every day.

DIGS did a complete renovation of this home, from construction of a brand new kitchen (with a bonus dirty kitchen) to all new bathrooms and living spaces designed. Highlighted here is the great room, which features a gorgeously designed fireplace that separates the great room from the dining room and kitchen. The two-story wall of windows allows natural light to fill the space from the second floor main entry down to this room of relaxation. An urban oasis in Hyde Park with the entry way overlooking the great room and a wall of windows.

Our client recently moved, allowing a new owner to come in and enjoy this beautiful retreat. Read more about the home HERE. If you're considering a home design, renovation, or construction project, don't hesitate to contact our team @ 513 533 3447 to discuss. Check out our portfolio of projects HERE.

Whether you are looking to change the design of your living space or do a total overhaul of the layout, we can work with you to give you a space you'll love to live in.

View from the kitchen into the dining room and to the great room.

A Hyde Park Dream Galley Kitchen

A recently completed kitchen and dining room design project by DIGS' Interior Design Christine Kommer sits pretty and bright in Hyde Park. No detail was overlooked, from every finish to the artwork and rug selection. This on-the-go family went from a closed off, low-functioning kitchen to a bright and airy galley kitchen that has them in love with cooking again.

Finishes include tile from Fireclay, area rug from Fazel Rug Gallery, chandelier from Currey & Co., lights over sink from Visual Comfort, a custom built range hood from Cincinnati's own Radius Concepts, and a Kohler sink.

Inspired? DIGS' excellent Interior Design and Construction teams are here to bring you the kitchen you deserve. Kitchen 2 Kitchen3Dining Room

Basement Bar Inspiration

What better time to upgrade your basement bar (or any bar) than right before the holidays? Elle Decor has gathered some inspiration for every space and style HERE, from lounge-inspired to contemporary and neutral. We love these ideas and the room they allow for creativity.

If your bar space needs a simple update, or if you'd like to create a brand new bar in your home, DIGS is committed to exceptional service and helping you create the perfect space for family and friends to gather.

A West Village Remodel: Functional and Stylish

A Manhattan couple opted to settle down in the West Village where they had rented for years. Settling on a charming pre-war, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom co-op, they took on a major redesign.

Architectural Digest has featured their project, completed by interior designer Alexander Reid, who created just over 1,000 square feet of clean, contemporary spaces for the couple. “We wanted something that felt elevated but not overly designed. Alex’s style is a nice mix of elegant, warm, and modern, which fit our desire for a more masculine aesthetic.”

Reid's design aesthetic in this urban apartment feels familiar to design John Harrison of DIGS has created for clients in the past. Our team of designers can create fabulous spaces for you, no matter the size of the project.

Kitchen Trends of 2020

When it comes to remodeling our home, the kitchen seems to be the first thing on our minds, and rightfully so. Magic happens in the kitchen, providing nourishment, learning, and a space for gathering.

We gather inspiration from many places for kitchen layout and design, and Elle Decor has put together a beautiful collection HERE of 2020's top kitchen trends to fuel your renovation fire.

When you're ready, bring your ideas to our dedicated Design and Construction teams and let us give you the sophisticated kitchen of your dreams.

DIGS designed and constructed this expansive kitchen and butler's pantry for a client in Hyde Park.