In the aftermath of the First and Second World Wars, the UK embraced modern architecture.  Slums, and cramped, unsanitary living conditions were replaced by higher-quality housing with more green space.

It has been more than a century since the end of the Great War and our domestic needs and desires have changed, never more so than over the past six months.

No one will forget the experiences of sharing ‘office space’ with children and balancing work with home schooling.  Dining tables have become desks and video conferencing has all but replaced face-to-face meetings.

Our individual experiences in lockdown have highlighted the divide between good and poor-quality housing.  Parents in flats have stoically entertained children when they could not access playgrounds or parks and those lucky enough to have a garden or live in the countryside have enjoyed endless hours in the sun.

While we are still adjusting to the ‘new normal’, there will undoubtedly be elements of the world, pre-COVID which we do not wish to return to.  The pandemic has provided an opportunity to rethink the way we live.  Could it be a driver for change in the way we approach housing design?

Natural Light

As many of us are now spending more time at home, we are discovering the pros and cons of our domestic spaces.  Our homes have been designed for a traditional way of living, for practicality and to suit our changeable weather.  Yet not, we are becoming more aware of factors such as natural light – not least from a health and wellbeing perspective but also its impact on the way we live and work.

Traditionally, bricks and mortar far outweigh glazing.  Often the light from these glazed areas can only penetrate a small proportion of the room, causing some corners to remain gloomy even on a fine, bright day.  As a result some of us are having to turn on the lights during the daytime.  This, of course, is using electricity.  It may be a small cost per day but ordinarily, we would be out of the house and not driving up domestic energy bills.

As more of us work from home on a regular basis, we will become aware of the cost of doing so.  While our carbon emissions will be greatly reduced due to less vehicles being on the road, we must be mindful of the reality of fuel poverty as energy prices rise.  This is likely to impact our home improvement decisions in the future.

Glazed Entrance Doors

The boom in home improvement is proof of the UK consumer’s desire for change and we must respond to this.  Alongside a change in attitude toward traditional window design, we are likely to see an increased demand for glazed entrance doors as a way of combatting poor natural light.

During the pandemic, Distinction Doors launched three new decorative glass options for its 9D Quarter Glazed cassette – Kara Zinc, Edwardian and Mini Blind.  The introduction follows the successful launch of the snap-fit projected cassette earlier this year and subsequent customer demand.

The new decorative glass options offer customers greater design flexibility while the cassette ensures consistency in colour and superior aesthetics.  The decorative glazing is proving a popular choice for the company’s Stable Door and five other door styles, as consumers seek practical and stylish ways to brighten their homes.

Energy Efficient Doors

To offset the rising cost of energy and workplaces in the home, it is likely that homeowners will increasingly consider the thermal performance of a product before investing.  Combine this with the notable shift in consumer behaviour – buying fewer products chosen more responsibly – and there is a real opportunity for fabricators and installers of high-performance, quality composite doors.

Distinction Doors offers the most energy efficient composite door on the market. The door leaf achieves indicative energy ratings between A and C, with A delivering the best performance levels.  The company’s decorative glass is also triple glazed and laminated, as standard which contributes to the overall thermal efficiency of the doorset.

We are on the precipice of great change with COVID-19.  As consumers prioritise quality, health, and wellbeing we must respond with products and services that are fit for this ‘new’ purpose – in both the replacement and new build markets.  Our ability to adapt to this change will determine how we thrive post pandemic.

To understand how Distinction Doors can help you adapt, contact