When it comes to the housing market, there are two major trends: building your own home and having a modern smart home.
So why not combine the two?
If you’re building your own home, don’t add smart technology as an afterthought. It increases the value of any home and will be an excellent asset! We’ve put together some tips for you to consider if you’re about to build and want your home to be smarter than ever…
Plan What Style Of House You Want
The style of the house could have a big impact on any design but even more so if you’re looking to build a smart home – so make sure you think about how you want your home to look.
A modern, sleek design is a good choice, since the smart devices you install will fit in with the overall aesthetic. Modern design, modern technology – it works!
However, if you have your heart set on a more traditional-looking abode, don’t worry! Many smart devices can be installed in a way that hides them or at least makes them more discreet. Just make sure you plan ahead!
Get The Right Architect & Builder
It’s important to get the correct architect and builders on board from the start. Getting it right from the beginning means that everything is as it should be right from the planning stages.
Meet with a few different options before deciding who you’ll hire. Make sure you ask to see some examples of their work, as well as some customer testimonials.
Equally as important, think about how well you actually get on with the architects and builders that you talk to. These are going to be the people building your dream home. Having a good personal connection – and more importantly, a good working relationship – is key to ensure that you get what you’re looking for.
Choose The Best Site
The place you choose to build your home is incredibly important, since it can have a big impact on your budget.
Obviously, more expensive land means a more expensive build. No brainer. However, you should also think about the facilities that are already in place when you’re looking at sites.
Going for a prime development site means that most of the utilities, like electricity and water, will already be hooked up or be close enough to not be a huge expense.
A final thing to think about is another big one – internet! If you’re looking to have a smart home, an area that has poor connectivity can really throw a spanner in the works, so find out beforehand if your site is in a good area for broadband.
Pick Your Smart System
This is the key aspect to consider when looking to set up a smart home. And possibly the most fun!
Ideally, you’ll want to have everything connected to your smart system: heating, security, entertainment, maintenance.
Most of the best systems can be controlled using a phone app remotely, even if you aren’t home, so when you’re considering your options, make sure your smart system has this as a feature.
Choose Service Plans
Many smart devices will need compatible service plans to hook up to, such as entertainment packages such as Spotify or shopping services such as Amazon Prime.
It’s important to check which services are compatible with which devices before you make any final decisions on what exactly you’re having installed.
Do your research beforehand to make sure you have everything you need and nothing you can’t actually use!