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Some of the most creative minds in Southwest Florida design give us an exclusive glimpse into their predictions for how we’ll live.

There are many factors impacting home design now beyond aesthetic preferences. Sustainability concerns, climate, tech and—in the past year—factors regarding cleanliness, safety and space have become major drivers, too. The COVID-19 pandemic only fast-tracked the evolution of architecture and interior design. Here, nine local experts  share their predictions for how our homes will look and function in the next five to 10 years. Lofty Pursuits Office life changed radically in 2020. Now, after a year of interrupted Zoom calls and long days that blurred into long nights, many people are tired of working from a makeshift desk at home. But, Andrea Clark Brown and her husband, artist John Carroll Long, turn the idea of the home office on its head with this live-at-work space. The architect imagined this 950-square-foot loft that can sit atop the gallery or office below, allowing easy access to the business without sacrificing the much-needed distance after hours. “This allows for a comforting distinction of living domain from the work domain,” she says. “However, due to the immediate adjacency, the ‘commute’ back and forth is only a minute’s duration, and the address is the same.”    Cool + Collected Fort Myers architect Joyce Owens says Florida’s unique geology and climate will be even more top-of-mind for homeowners.
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