In the next generation, the demand for smart homes allows individuals to create a flexible work-life balance that’s useful for every human.
Alexa, Play me a song. Yes, people now talk to machines and machines do reply. Crazy right? This would have sounded crazier ten years back. But, not now. Ever since technology has changed our habits as mentioned in our previous article on co-living, the only way to go forward is to break the communication barriers between human and tech. This happened first through Smartphones by having touch commands and later by having voice commands.
Internet of Things or as tech people say it as IoT, traditional homes are becoming more of smart homes. As per layman terms, a smart home is a residence that uses Internet-connected devices to enable the remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems, such as lighting and entertainment, in this case, it will be Air-conditioners, Phillips Hue Light and Amazon Alexa.
Hold on, we know we are bit deviating from an architect’s point of view. As per research, Smart Homes are the future and one of the frequent challenges faced by the end user is the difficulty in adopting these devices in a traditional home, rented apartment or in accommodation.
Lennar Homes say The Wi-Fi certification, the smart devices in our homes, and then the activation and service by Amazon, which really represents that next step of living.
For Architects and Interior designers just like appliances, paint colours, countertops, and flooring have always been key decisions, smart home technology is now becoming an equal consideration by designers to meet the demands of homeowners.
To make a functional smart home as a reality the smart home engineers will work with architects and interior designers to ensure the wiring is available for control panels and switches and that there is adequate space for the ‘rack room’ or control room for the system. Not only must space be allocated but frequently additional cooling and back-up generators are required to keep the rack room operating efficiently.
Smart Homes are fast developing and are in demand, as per statistics, 32% of all homes already had some smart home technology in 2018, and more than half—53% will adopt it by 2022. As per an independent study by John Burns Real Estate Consulting found more than 40% of new-home buyers purchased homes with smart tech features in 2017; and that about 60% of new-home shoppers said they are willing to pay more for smart features.
Let us know your thoughts on this article by commenting how you as an architect will resolve the challenges that a smart home demand in a traditional building says like a building which is aged more than 20 years. We would love to get on a discussion.