The future is not all flying cars and automated talking housecleaners that the cartoon, Jetsons, would have us believe. The modern homes of tomorrow will be slightly more embedded in realism than that, but if the last ten years has shown us anything, we have become and will become more reliant on our devices and technology even more. So what does that mean for the futuristic homes of tomorrow and how can we plan for these changes today?
More reliance on solar technology
In future, there will be more reliance on solar panels and less reliance on the electricity grid, although fear not, modern designs will maintain their aesthetic appeal so as not to clash with the overall style of your home. Solar windows, solar roof tiles and even solar paths and roads are all a thing today, and it’s not too much of a stretch to understand that each home will be generating more and more power for their own personal use.
Smarter and more varied home technology
Smart appliances are here already and are only going to evolve. We already have automated vacuums to clean our floors and our pools, and even robots to fold laundry. Many of these new machines are connected to apps on our phones such as home security, and these can be set up just by the press of the button and viewed at a glance. We can listen to music and turn on the lights with a simple voice command and thanks to devices such as Google Home, the simple tasks will be done for us. Thank goodness for electronic exercise equipment so we have an excuse to get up off the couch.
Modern automated entryways
It will be more than just the colour of the front door that you will need to consider in the future. Front doors of modern homes are becoming smarter and will unlock upon recognition, no key required. Also, a delivery area will become more commonplace as we become more reliant on delivery drivers to drop off our staples which are ordered automatically from our refrigerator and other smart devices.
Home entertainment for special occasions
Cinema rooms or entertainment rooms are back in vogue thanks to virtual reality and interactive games that you can play with friends and family. Pulldown screens or hidden screens will be preferred, however, to allow people to do their online shopping, solo video game playing and surfing of the net on their own personal devices. Reliance on the family living room will decline overall and the entertainment rooms will be only used on occasional get-togethers or weekends.
Modern home offices
As many companies are allowing their workers to work from home, today’s home offices need to make sure that they are equipped with the necessary technology to make that happen. Virtual meetings and face to face phone calls seemed so alien to us at first, but now they just happen to be a part of our daily work life. Let’s face it, dropping the daily commute for a leisurely morning and an online conference sounds so much more convenient.
Clever Kitchen Technology
Kitchen technology is at the forefront of home modernisation as we have seen with the advent of connected devices such as refrigerators. Plan to see more changes along these lines with fully integrated kitchen touchscreens and the like to help us stay connected and do our online shopping, all voice-activated of course.
Smart Bathroom Makeovers
While most bathrooms of today have nothing of note except an electric toothbrush this will change. Smart toilets that flush with no need to press a button will become more commonplace in the home as will toilets that can assess our health through our daily bodily functions (whether you want to know or not!) And smart mirrors, showers, bathtubs and sinks will be readily available to purchase so you can interact more fully with your surroundings.
Increase in granny flats and tiny homes
Second dwellings or tiny homes are becoming more popular and are being built in the backyard of the main dwelling as people are beginning to realise that bigger is not necessarily better. These are being used to house ageing parents, young adults, or even being rented outright to tenants. And just because they are tiny does not mean they lack in mod cons either. Clever storage and fully-functional gadgets will ensure that the granny flats don’t lack in any way regardless of their size.
Thankfully many of the devices and changes require only minimal adaption to a modern home rather than a complete redesign or overhaul. And regardless of how much you agree or disagree with many of the changes and trends which are being seen in the home these days, change is coming whether you like it or not.