Turn on any home improvement channel and what do you see? Usually, it’s one of three types of shows; house hunting, home improvement and home building. Now, after reading our three-part blog series, ‘What Makes a SMART home, not only will you be to follow along with the shows but you’ll be able to talk about SMART home features with the best of them.
Thus far, our series has been dealing with the definition of SMART homes and how a SMART home can be LEED Certified. This week’s installment, however, is a little more on the fun side, especially if you love high-end kitchen and bath design as much as we do!
When we talk about the kitchens and baths of SMART home, we talk about how they are ‘connected’. They can speak to each other and to you through the wireless in your home. You will see some of the wonderful features this ‘connected’ technology brings into our daily living and how they can truly make our lives more organized, easier and save us time.
The Latest in Kitchen Technology
SMART kitchens will serve the best in technology that will make preparing meals and entertaining a breeze. Luxurious SMART kitchens will do that while keeping an eye on style and design.
There are smart refrigerators that come with video screens that display recipes, memos, and calendars and provides access to the Internet. Using these screens, people can access the radio or remotely access programming that’s being played on other TVs in the home. Going grocery shopping? You can see what’s in your fridge via the interior camera and be absolutely positive whether you need those eggs or not.
Convenience and monitoring are the keys to the SMART home’s success. Appliances with features like HomeChat allows the homebuyer to remotely check on the status of the appliances and complete tasks such as remotely starting ovens.
A countertop smart cutting board displays ingredients and weighs them on a smartphone. It also works with existing kitchen appliances that are retrofitted with adaptors specifically designed to work with this particular cutting board.
You don’t need to look to the appliances to invite SMART technology into your kitchen. You can purchase cookware that works with your smartphone to track heat and time to make sure food is evenly cooked every time.
While these accessories require no installation, builders of SMART homes offer them as added bonuses to appeal to Millennial and luxury clients who are looking for something extra when it comes to tech.
Ahhh, luxury in the bathroom is always welcome. Luxurious finishes on walls, tiles, floors, paint finishes and even the textiles can be designer but does anyone really think of technology in the bathroom adding to the enjoyment of your getaway-from-it-all soak? Read on to find out!
A SMART bathroom will showcase features such as a bathtub that sports a digital tub-filler allowing the homeowner to set the temperature of the water digitally to eliminate fumbling with the faucet to get that oh just right temperature.
The toilets are even getting in on the SMART action these days with great water efficiency and new styles that are adding to the luxurious look. Mirrors will even play the Sunday football game for you while you shave – if they have a display panel built into them.
Showers have been a rising star in SMART homes and that trend is not about to end anytime soon. Touchscreen panels allow you to program the perfect shower temperature without having to step foot inside the shower, get wet, and waster 10 gallons of water adjusting the faucet knob to that perfect temperature. These showers can also be programmed from, you guessed it, your smartphone.
Builders will add tech features such as auto shades on the windows or even auto-tinted windows that you can control via smartphone or control panel. There can also be other items such as skylights with auto tint that can be controlled the same way. Heated floors and towel racks add to the list of techi bathroom features that make up a SMART home as well.
Predictions for what the future of our homes will look like vary depending on who you ask, however, some things are certain to come to life, such as having your fridge order the food you need right from your local grocery store. Whether or not those groceries are actually going to be delivered by drones or not, still remains to be seen.
One thing is for sure, no matter the age of your home, with what we’ve shown you in our three-part series on SMART homes, we’re pretty sure there’s some feature you’ve read about here that you could incorporate into your home today.
We here at the Ritz Group would love to hear from you about any SMART home features you may have in your home today, or maybe any thath you’re planning to have in your ‘future’ home (pun intended). Feel free to contact us and let us know your thoughts.
While you’re here, take a look at some of the luxury homes on the market in the DFW area that have SMART features already available.