A global pandemic is bound to have a significant impact on a broad swathe of modern life. One of those still-nascent impacts is how we will think differently about our living spaces. Shelter blog, Candy’s Dirt, asked several Dallas architects to weigh in on changes they are seeing to home office spaces as a result of COVID-19.

Some of the most exciting new ideas include:

  • A front porch post office drop for packages.
  • Flex spaces that can serve as a formal dining room or home office, as needed.
  • And home offices with secret entrances, “like a bookcase wall in the home office that opens into a master suite” (every kid’s fondest wish.)

Looking into a conference room at Sebastian Construction Group’s Dallas office.

One of Sebastian’s architectural partners, SHM Architects (check out Meadowood and Bridge Hollow Court) predicts the return of the door to create separate, sound-dampened spaces. As architect David Stocker says, “There is an architectural and psychological aspect at play when you close that door and walk away.”

Art, vibrant hues and gorgeous views make the home office at Bridge Hollow Court, designed by SHM Architects, a welcome space to spend your work days.

Looking for more home office inspiration from world-class architects? Architectural Digest to the rescue! This slideshow offers an array of work-from-home spaces, from compact Park Avenue apartments to spacious Beverly Hills mansions.

Of course, we’re particularly fond of those offices in the great state of Texas, such as the Dallas penthouse with interiors created by Emily Summers Design Associates, “including the pocket doors throughout and the African teak cabinetry in Sarah’s study.”