If you are looking to buy a new home or build a modern contemporary home, something that you should look into is how to future proof your home. By this, we mean, how to prepare your home for the future utilising certain technologies and finishes.
As technology continues to take over, we run the risk of living in obsolete homes that cannot accommodate a change of lifestyle – unless we incorporate features in them that allow us to keep up. Eco-friendly, functional and efficient designs are going a long way in today’s ever-practical society. While there are many new fads in technology that are here today, they might be gone tomorrow, so it is important to look towards the future so that your home remains technologically relevant for years to come.
Smart Homes: The New Smart Phones
We are in the age where we can control everything from our fingertips, and the appliances and comfort of your home should be no different. By connecting through your smart phone or tablet, you as a homeowner can easily control things like home surveillance, locks, lighting, heating and air conditioning. The best part is that it’s not even too expensive to install many of this smart technology, but you’ll add functionality and value to your home.
Green is the New Black
Energy efficiency is ever popular in building new homes and future proofing. In the long run, choosing energy-efficient appliances and machinery will cost you less and will last much longer. Trade in out-dated tank-style water heaters for tankless versions and replace traditional toilets with low-flow models. Opt for insulated windows that will help control the light and heat in your home so that you spend less on air conditioning and heating.
In addition, you can be more eco-friendly and reduce your overall carbon footprint by making use of recycled materials whenever possible. Use reclaimed timber for panelling or furniture and 100% acrylic, low VOC paints. Opt for solar panelling for energy instead of relying on the grid. Future proofing is all about sustainability and self-sufficiency.
Plan for Old Age
The fact of the matter is that because of modern medicine, our elderly are kicking around far longer than they did in past generations, so it is important to take this into account when planning out your new home designs. Whether you are making room for an elderly parent or just planning for your own old age, consider creating a home with adaptable living spaces. A spare room now might be converted into dad’s bedroom in a few decades. In addition, look for a one-storey home so that debilitating stairs hinders nobody. Another way to future proof with elderly in mind is to have large entryway doors. This can accommodate wheelchair entry as well as making moving easier.
Each Rawdon Hill home is built with the future in mind. We are a forward thinking group of contemporary home designers and builders, and we future proof each of our new homes so that they are relevant for years to come. Contact us today to learn more.