Advents of modernity have undoubtedly effected our lives in one way or another. Social media platforms have allowed for cross-continent communication and made staying in touch with loved ones easier – yet in some ways they have removed interpersonal contact that is so important in our daily lives. Businesses can thrive, expand and make their voices be heard – and you, as a person can benefit from all these realizations.
Other ways you can benefit from our generation's technophilic tendencies is within your own home. Now, as smart appliance and technologies have become so vast and readily available, their prices have become more affordable as well. Allowing for the general public to have smart homes has been, perhaps, one of the greatest advantages of technology in the 21st century. Below we have listed ways in which you can create a smart, high-tech home environment – whether it's for saving energy, cutting costs, or removing banal activities from your list of things to do – and allowing your home to takeover for you!
Lighting is one of the most exploratory and easy ways to integrate technology into your home. Most of these high-tech options will include energy-saving tactics for you as well! Self-timer lights, dimming lights and solar lights that are programmed when to turn on, and in which rooms, are all important elements of this list that are affordable and easy to install.
Consider solar and self-timing lights in the areas of your home which you don't frequent so often. Solar lighting options are also best for interior/exterior areas, making them the most versatile option on this list. Dimming lights are great in bedrooms and dining rooms, where a particular mood is usually sought.
Smaller lights throughout your home can even be considered a safety feature – like the stairway lights pictured here!
Audio visual additions to your home seem like a more experimental option on this list – and that they are! From home cinema systems to game consoles, speakers, headphones and heating – your options are just about endless with audio visual technology.
Want to turn your lights on or off with the clap of your hands or sound of your voice? That is possible. Want the television and accompanying speaker system to turn on and the lights to dim when you say
go? That's possible as well. Audio visual systems usually require professionals, or those that are more technologically-advanced to install them, but that is okay, because the rewards you will reap will last forever!
When homeowners think of technology in the home, the first area on their mind is typically the kitchen. From smart appliances that read your recipes out loud and ovens and stoves that turn off automatically to cooling storage that adjusts its cooling or heating according to specific produce, it's no wonder why these items are so often considered!
For a basic smart kitchen, we suggest you start with safety features – ovens, stoves, microwaves and even lights that will turn off after a certain amount of time unused. To step it up a notch, consider heated flooring for those winter nights in the kitchen cooking, convection ovens, commercial-style refrigerators and one appliance that will combine a toaster oven and microwave all in one.
To consider the best high-tech options for your kitchen, it's best to speak to a specialist on what can fit, and what is most beneficial for your family. Typically, diagnostic services are free!
Depending on where you live and the climate you deal with, installing technology in your garden might seem like a waste of money. However, high-tech features in your garden can make it a space that you can enjoy year-round.
Think about solar lights to line the exterior landscaping, self-watering mechanisms that make 'forgetting to water your plants' a thing of the past – maybe even consider heated concrete to remove snow and ice during those awful winter evenings so you can continue to grill for your family during every season.
Other, more extravagant high-tech options for your garden could be an outdoor kitchen, complete with a barbecue, oven and stove that adjust naturally for correct temperatures, as well as hot tubs and faux-grass to keep the green look alive throughout the dull fall and winter seasons.
High-tech additions are possible no matter what area of the world you live in – check out this amazing modern, yet rural example!
Climate-control and high-tech heating mechanisms for your home are some of the best ways to spend your money. Not only will this save you money in the short-term and long-term, but when it comes to reselling your home, it will bring the value of your home up considerably, as these are often sought-after features.
It is also beneficial for your health to keep the temperatures in your home consistent! Plenty of heating and cooling specialists will be willing to help you install energy-saving heating options. Now, the costs for these services might seem like a lot up front, but the amount saved in just a few months to a year will be double, if not triple the amount of the original down payment!
There are so many ways to cut down on construction costs when planning your new home. We will list them succinctly below:
problem lots – these are lots that are typically cheaper because of a location issue – maybe it's against a hillside or near water. These lots are typically harder to sell, so you will find them at a cheaper price!
Don't spend money on things you don't need – splurge only on items that you need, and of course, structurally-based items shouldn't be skimped on either
Keep a close eye on your home through every step of the construction process – make sure each area is on-time and at-budget!
Build according to your neighborhood and what you can afford – don't think you have to have the largest home in the area – it will be a waste of money, take a lot of time, and more than likely be an eyesore when considered with the other homes
Still want an amazing home, but want to stay on-par with your neighborhood? Beautify the private areas of your home, like the back patio and garden areas!