How the Lockdown Changed Living Perceptions and Experiences
To say that the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live is an understatement.
Several realizations dawned on us, leading to changes in living perceptions and experiences. These are the realities of living in lockdown that may stick with us post-pandemic.
It is safe to say that life will never be the same as pre-pandemic. Values are changing. Habits are changing and some of us wish they could change their setting. Others vow to introduce changes that would make their house a little more conducive for everyone while living in lockdown.
Today, Filipinos want a house.
A house mainly functions as a sanctuary and fortress. The home ensures that every dweller is comfortable and safe. Comfortability is the key term here—the size of the house does not matter. What matters is it can shield everyone and offers a retreat against coronavirus and other viruses and infections.
Furthermore, a house can effectively reduce contact with other people. So, there’s no better place for social isolation than your own home.
The location of the house matters as well. Nowadays, people want to relocate to their provinces, but still enjoy the convenience that the city offers.
More specifically, Filipinos want a house with a spacious pantry.
According to a Science Daily article, zombie movies have prepared people through the development of psychological resilience.
Suddenly, a spacious garage is no longer desired. What the Filipinos want now is a roomy pantry that can hold enough food and water—more than enough to last at least a month.
Also, the Filipinos want a sectional layout now.
Aside from the kitchen and pantry, an open plan layout loses its luster. What the pandemic made us realize is the importance of sections. For instance, the entrance area is the most critical part of the house now. It must accommodate shoes, mats, laundry bins, and other storage so we won’t have to bring the dirt inside our house.
Sanitizer dispensers are a welcome addition in this area, especially that we Filipinos embrace the practice of sanitizing our groceries first before taking them inside the house or condo. This is specifically applicable for deliveries and also guests.
If a condo, Filipinos prefer a unit with a balcony or terrace.
Living in a condo may seem like an escape from a routinary life, but it’s not. Thanks to spaces where you can truly appreciate life and living.
This doesn’t mean that you cannot humanize other parts of your condo because you can. For instance, you may create your own indoor garden and unleash the inner plantito or plantita in you.
Urban farming has always been trendy. However, being in quarantine made us realize the importance of living green. Gardening, for instance, is good for our health. More importantly, we want to grow plants that we can also eat, creating a food ration for the family. A bold prediction in condominium interior design is exploring the possibility of putting phyto walls.
However, before you consider a condo for sale in Pasig, condo for sale in Nuvali or elsewhere in the metro, make sure that the condo management takes compliance seriously. We cannot risk living in a residential building that takes the basics for granted. You want condo management and association that takes proactive steps to ensure that every owner, renter, guest, and staff is safe and healthy.
You’d want to live in a fortified building. It should be prepared for whatever natural or man-made hazard that may come.
Condos must have sustainable features too.
Condo buildings with self-sufficient features are more favorable today. The more independent the residence is, the better.
Filipinos become more conscious of their use of resources. There should be a health reason behind this, though. It is perceived as a way to minimize the risks of contracting an illness caused by viruses and bacteria.
Other than having parks and landscaped areas where dwellers may lounge, the building itself must be equipped with LED lights, low-flow valves, and dual flush toilets, among other things. It should maximize natural lighting and ventilation as well.
If possible, the house hunters are also looking for a residence with water filtration systems. One of the ongoing worries is that what would happen if the virus penetrated the water supply. Though this concern is not warranted, it pays to be prepared about this also. After all, we need to make sure that our loved ones and we are drinking clean water.
Air quality is another concern, knowing that the virus spreads in the air (though airborne transmission is not considered the primary transmission route). Still, buildings that have ways to filter outside air are preferred.
Filipinos want access to technology.
The coronavirus pandemic also heightened the need to communicate with loved ones, albeit virtually. Access to fast Internet service cannot be emphasized enough because most Filipinos are working from home now.
Even business owners themselves are contemplating the possibility of making this working arrangement permanent. So, a stable Internet connection is a necessity.
Some more techy households want a home that can be fitted with smart systems. For instance, owners wish to have a space to put a lamp with ultraviolet radiation. It can kill harmful viruses, bacteria, and organisms.
Filipinos want a new and better normal-ready dwelling.
May it be a house or a condo, we now want a home that caters to the current normal requirements. Home is the new office and school for those with school-aged children.
The arrangement of the entire dwelling is given more priority. Spatial organization means there is a dedicated space for a WFH office or homeschool. Space must be fitted with comfortable furniture. It should be technically and technologically equipped to make it easier for the users to utilize the space it was intended for.
Above are the changes that living in lockdown made us realized about our real living experiences. Filipinos want to live a more worthy life post-pandemic. There would be more discoveries, but in the meantime, let us continue to learn to appreciate the things that matter more in life and living.
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