Ponderosa...At Home

The Coronavirus pandemic has probably been the most life-altering global event of the last one hundred plus years. Like the plot of a Hollywood movie, a novel virus swept out, altered and is altering life as we know it. Almost everything that people take for granted has been affected. The pandemic has affected the way we work, the way we shop, the way we play, the way we learn and even the way we will build our houses in the future.

How will the Coronavirus pandemic affect the houses of the future? What are the home design trends we expect to see more often as people adjust to living under the shadow of a global epidemic?

In this brief article, we examine the ways the Coronavirus is affecting housing design. We seek answers to the question of how people’s most intimate spaces – their homes – will be affected. Follow us as we together with East Bay Property Management explore the surprising ways the pandemic is changing what people now prioritize in their living area.

 

1. More light and larger spaces
A lot of people now spend a good part of their time away from home and only coming back home to rest and recharge. But when they are unable to leave their homes, people are finding their homes confining and realizing they are a poor substitute for the outdoors. As a result, new homes now mimic the roominess and natural light of the outdoors. Families want to be able to stay home without getting in each other’s way. There is an incorporation of more natural lighting to compensate for people’s inability to walk in the streets.

 

2.    Better and bigger kitchens
Eating out used to be an option most people had. But with restaurants shut down and delivery services unable to work, the only place people could get their meals was from their kitchens. Suddenly, the standard kitchen became inadequate for satisfying the needs of people used to eating a variety of foods. Newer kitchens are being fitted with more equipment to make them more functional. And because of cooking several meals each day, kitchens are being designed to have more room. A significant feature of these new kitchens is massive and multifaceted storage spaces.

 

3.    More privacy
With more time spent together, the possibility for people to get on each other’s nerves or invade their privacy has also increased. To minimize the chances of this happening, families are prioritizing separate rooms for every child in the house. There is also a marked tendency toward having an extra room in the home. People are exploring more options for creating spaces where family members can go to have some time away from others.

 

4.    Better home offices and workspaces
Before the pandemic, there was a definite movement toward telecommuting. A growing number of companies were opting to let their staff work from home. But the pandemic has transformed what was a trickle of remote workers into a flood. Also, with their children spending more time indoors, parents are discovering that their desk in the corner of the dining area is no longer enough. Consequently, there is a transformation of the home office from a small corner in the home to a full-fledged office with a significant amount of space dedicated to it.

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5.    Spaces for exercise and recreation
Being sheltered at home has prevented people from going to the gym or doing any form of outdoor exercise activity. At the same time, with time on their hands, too much food to eat and a lot of energy to burn, more people are looking for ways to keep fit. The solution to this is that a lot of homes have large gyms. Families that can afford it are investing in swimming pools and facilities for outdoor recreational activities. Beyond the need to stay fit, people are also doing these to preserve their mental health.

 

6.    Gardening and expansive outdoor spaces
For want of something to do, many people now take gardening as a hobby. The motivation for doing this has been because they want to grow some of their food themselves. It is also to find something creative to engage their minds while they shelter in place. In order to accommodate this newfound love for gardening and other outdoor hobbies, many homes are now having bigger spaces in front and behind. This home design is to give children a lot of room to play in.

 

In addition to the above trends, we are also seeing:

  • A slight move away from the open-plan floor space as people add screens to section off their workspace and reduce noise.
  • A stronger move toward energy efficiency. That is because families are finding that their energy bills are getting higher. After all, they are spending more time at home.

At Ponderosa Homes, our top priority is the safety and well-being of our customers, trade partners and employees, and we are committed to maintaining a healthy environment. In light of recent news, we are dedicated to supporting our incredible communities and all those affected during this challenging time.

That being said, all Ponderosa Homes sales offices are open by appointment only. However, Community Sales Managers are still available during regular office hours for calls, texts, emails, virtual appointments and to schedule an appointment for a site visit.

Please be assured that we have been closely following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and taking on-site precautions in order to prevent the spread of infections, including COVID-19. We care about your safety, which is why we encourage you to do the same and keep up to date with new developments from the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/

We will be diligently monitoring local health and government guidelines and promptly taking action whenever necessary. Whether you’re looking for a new home or are currently in the homebuilding process with Ponderosa Homes, please know that we are just as dedicated as ever to providing you with an excellent home buying experience.

Be well,

The Ponderosa Team

Rose Avenue Estates
Rose Avenue & Cindy Way, Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 200-4146
Kylene Grippi
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RoseAvenuePleasanton.com

Sycamore
6942 Valley Trails Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94588
(925) 200-1633
Kylene Grippi
[email protected]
SycamorePleasanton.com

Elissagaray Ranch
1121 Dominique Drive, Tracy, CA 95304
(925) 701-1563
Kristi Corbett
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ElissagarayTracy.com

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73326 Warhol Lane, Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 984-9026
Casey Erickson
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SagePalmDesert.com

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We’re so excited about the great June events in NorCal this weekend! The summer season will be filled with lots of family fun in the Bay Area.

Put your dancing shoes on tonight because OTR is performing at Concert in the Park! Head over to downtown Pleasanton from 7PM to 8:30PM and enjoy a mix of rock and R & B tunes from the ’70s to present day. Before the concert, pick up dinner from one of the local restaurants downtown and have a picnic in the park during the concert. Get more info on this music event here.

Go on an adventure around the world tomorrow in Livermore! Dancers from the Livermore School of Dance present It’s A Small World at Bankhead Theater tomorrow at 11AM.
Get tickets here.

A fun crafting fair is coming to Retzlaff Vineyards in Livermore this weekend! Head over to the annual Black Sheep Gathering – an event filled with the best in textiles and yarns from weavers of the Northwest – this Saturday, June 4th from 11AM to 4:30PM. Plus, sip on wine and enter to win great prizes. Learn more here.

Learn bike safety skills in Pleasanton tomorrow! Hit the streets during Family Bike Rodeo with your little ones (grades 2 to 6) tomorrow from 11AM to 2PM at New Leaf Community Market. Find out more here.

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We love summer! Check out some of the fantastic events happening in Livermore and Pleasanton this Saturday and Sunday.

Have a great time with your family this weekend in downtown Pleasanton at Sunday Funday! Enjoy shopping and dining deals, entertainment, children’s activities and more this Sunday, August 16th from 1PM to 4PM. Learn more here.

Fenestra Winery is throwing it back this weekend in Livermore! The Hot August Nights (And Days!) Wine Event features select wines at their 2005 prices this Saturday, August 15th and Sunday, August 16th from 12PM to 5PM. For more info, go here.

Some big band music is coming to Pleasanton this weekend! A one-hour, free concert by Nightlife is happening at the Pleasanton Public Library this Sunday, August 16th at 2PM. Get more details here.

 Save the date for Grammy winning artist Peter Frampton & Cheap Trick on Tuesday, August 25th! The night of music is coming to Wente Vineyards in Livermore at 8:15PM. Ponderosa Homes is a proud sponsor of this event, so don’t miss out on an amazing evening of tunes. Get tickets here.

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A Musical August

August 7, 2015

There are a lot of musical events happening in the Bay Area this weekend. Check it out!

We love summer nights in the Bay Area! Sizzling Saturdays is happening tomorrow night in downtown Pleasanton. Enjoy live music, entertainment and special offers from local businesses and restaurants from 6PM to 9PM. Click here for more info.

Let your feet tap to the beat this weekend in Livermore! The Jazz All Star Quintet with legendary pianist Dick Hyman is hitting the stage on Sunday, August 9th at 3PM at the Bankhead Theater. Get tickets here.

Celebrate the lives and work of women songwriters this weekend in Pleasanton! Pamela Rose presents Wild Women of Song this Sunday, August 9th at the Firehouse Arts Center at 2PM. Buy tickets here. 

Save the date! Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers are filling the air with tunes this month in Livermore! As part of the summer concert series, the musicians are performing on Wednesday, August 19th at 8:15PM at Wente Vineyards. Ponderosa Homes is a proud sponsor of the event, so don’t miss out! Tickets available here.

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The Arts in August

July 31, 2015

It’s all about the arts in Livermore and Pleasanton this weekend. Take a look!

A FREE music event is happening at the Pleasanton Library this weekend! The Noel Cantura Band is peforming their jazz, blues and funk sounds on Sunday, August 2nd at 2PM. Learn more here.

A sneak peek into the Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre’s upcoming season is happening this weekend in Pleasanton! Enjoy a fantastic performance, appetizers and drinks at their Gala Fundraiser on Sunday, August 2nd at 4PM. Click here to learn more.

Enjoy the visual arts this weekend in Livermore! The Livermore Cultural Arts Council Art Exhibit opens at the library this Saturday, August 1st. Click here for more info.

Ponderosa Homes is proud to sponsor the summer concert series at Wente Vineyards in Livermore! Grammy award-winning artist Sheryl Crow is taking the stage this Monday, August 3rd at 8PM. Buy tickets here.

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