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Remote Work and the New Home

Ever since the world stopped on its tracks almost three years ago, a lot has changed. Lockdowns severely limited movement, so work—unless absolutely necessary—was done almost entirely within the four walls of one’s home. This made us discover something: as remote work could be a part of our lives, our homes are due for a major upgrade.

Shifting Priorities

The traditional home is divided into rooms suiting different purposes. The living room is for entertaining, the dining room is where the family eats, and the bedroom is where people sleep. But when the lockdowns started in the first quarter of 2020, the functionality of our rooms were thrown out of the window. Workspaces and classrooms were delegated to where there was space. The bedroom, which served as a sanctuary for rest and relaxation, wasn’t exempt to the rule. For those who had very little space to work with, that left them no other choice. Homeowners usually sacrificed space for a good location, but the lockdowns made people realize that space is a necessity, especially with the rise of home-based jobs.

Apart from enough space, remote work-ready homes should also have adequate sunlight. With remote workers spending much of their time indoors, their daily dose of Vitamin D is in danger. As reported by the Harvard Business Review, working in a place that lets in natural light and has a view of the outdoors is considered the number one must-have for a good workplace. In a 2018 survey of 1,614 North American employees, HR advisory firm Future Workplace said that access to natural light and views of the outdoors is far more important than gyms, nap rooms, and other office perks. Lack of natural light also has negative effects. According to the same survey, 47 percent of employees say that they feel tired due to the absence of natural light or even a window with an outdoor view.

Blazing-fast internet speeds are another requirement for remote and hybrid workers. Because their jobs are mostly done online, fiber connections are a must. New homes should be ready for connections as soon as residents move in, and these connections need to be reliable. Patchy network coverage is a no-no.

New Solutions

The real estate industry is tackling this massive shift today. Century NULIV, the newest brand by real estate innovator Century Properties Group Inc. (CPGI), is focused on premium low-density homes. Century NULIV is building spaces that will fit the remote and hybrid work setup. Century NULIV Townvillas at Acqua, Century NULIV’s maiden project, consists of 22 homes that all value space. With floor areas that range from 227 sqm to 312 sqm, home offices can easily be set up in one of the rooms. Bedrooms can finally stay as bedrooms. Century NULIV Townvillas at Acqua is designed with new-generation homeowners in mind. With generous windows, natural light is abundant in most areas of the home. Lot areas include a backyard that can be converted into a mini garden, and lush landscaping allows for great views even in the middle of the city. As for the internet concerns, homeowners need not worry—homes are ready for fiber connections as soon as residents move in.

Changing times bring changing priorities, and Century NULIV is ready with an answer.

Reference:
Meister, J. C. (2018, September 5). The #1 Office Perk? Natural Light. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved February 15, 2023, from https://hbr.org/2018/09/the-1-office-perk-natural-light