Financial Times – 6 trends for tomorrow
Home is like the water a fish swims through: so familiar that it often goes unnoticed. Light switches are flicked without looking, and furniture edges navigated with blind precision. Lockdown challenged this passivity. As the great expanse of life was concertinaed between four walls, those trapped inside felt less like fish in water than sardines in tin. Around the world, homes that had previously been just fit for purpose were suddenly unfit, and neighbourhoods once deemed ‘convenient’ were found lacking. We enter 2021 with a vaccine, and a vision of normality Is creeping over the horizon. But many people’s homes will emerge from the pandemic transformed. In the UK, there has been a whirlwind of activity in the property market since the first and strictest lockdown was lifted in May. On July 8, the day Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, announced a stamp-duty holiday, property portal Rightmove reported Its busiest day ever for site traffic.