It’s often been said that “the future is here!”. Well, the developments over the past few years have truly showcased to us on a consumer level the level of intelligence our homes are capable of having now in ways thought unachievable even fifteen years ago.
Smart devices can be found within every room in the house, each serving a different purpose to weave a cohesive home environment that’s just as unique as you are.
Our Google Nests and Amazon Alexas are just the tip of the smart home iceberg, as asking for weather updates is just the beginning. Let’s deep into how smart and connected your home can be as you plan your next renovation.
Remember when “clap on, clap off” was more of a joke or novelty? Now we’re asking our smart speakers to turn on and off our lights, but the level of customization available to us is incredible! With smart lighting setups, we can create several different, customizable presets to light up our rooms in a number of different ways, depending on the occasion. Bright, exciting lights for parties and soft, low lighting for those intimate movie nights.
Helping you monitor your home’s climate from anywhere in the world, you can rest assured that your energy bills are completely within your control. While they offer you complete control, their primary benefit is learning the needs of your home’s heating and cooling, and accommodating when it pulls the energy to keep your home climatized to lower your energy bills, sometimes up to 25% yearly. Never worry about forgetting to adjust the thermostat as you head to the airport. A quick check on your phone is all you’ll ever need.
Never worry about writing the grocery list. Smart fridges offer real-time views of what’s inside, in addition to being able to sync with your phone to view the virtual list everyone is able to contribute to on the door’s touchscreen. Follow recipes on the screen and even have the fridge alert you to possible unseen problems such as circulation issues that could require maintenance! These fridges are also capable of adjusting their temperatures to ensure they are as energy-efficient as possible, helping you bring down your energy bills further.
Smart Coffee Tables
Get ready for the new focal point of your living room, fresh out of science-fiction. Smart coffee tables, with their sleek, touchscreen-protected glass top, offer you storage, built-in Bluetooth speakers, USB charging ports, traditional outlets, and even chilled drawers to hold drinks. Have your coffee table be the visual and electrical centrepiece of your smart home.
Are you ready to start renovating your home to better suit your changing needs? George Martin of Well Balanced Designs is one of Vancouver’s leading Design-Build experts, with over 46 years of experience in construction and renovations. He is familiar with Vancouver’s building types and materials, from basement suites to laneway homes and Yaletown condos to Westside single-family homes and larger homes on the North Shore. Schedule a call with George today to discuss your needs.