We can’t accurately predict what homes of the future will look like, but there are some design ideas that are growing in popularity that seem likely to be hot trends in years to come. Making these improvements to your home could add value if you plan to sell your property in the future. Alternatively, it could be a way of simply giving yourself a head start – growing legislation suggests some of these features may become compulsory one day. Here are just four improvements that will help you to future-proof your home.
Integrate smart technology
The concept of a smart home is becoming increasingly popular – this involves using smart technology that can be controlled remotely on your phone. Smart heating and air conditioning are one of the most efficient examples of this technology. If you need to adjust the temperature you can simply do it using your phone rather than having to reach for the thermostat. You can also add smart lighting, which you can control remotely. There are also many appliances such as ovens, washing machines and fridges that can display stats on your phone. This could allow you to check how much longer the washing machine cycle is or even which foods are in your fridge.
Switch to renewable energy
More homeowners are eager to save money on their bills and save the planet by switching to renewable energy. Solar power is one of the most popular forms of renewable energy – installing panels on your roof could be a good investment allow you to generate your own electricity simply using the power of the sun. You can also use wind power by installing a home wind turbine – this won’t be effective enough to run your entire home on, but could be a good supplement to solar panels. As for heating, you could switch to electric heating and use solar panels or consider a biomass boiler that uses wood pellets.
Modern homes are all being built with excellent insulation. This prevents as much heat from being lost through walls, windows and the roof, keeping your home warm longer so that you don’t have to turn on the heating as often. Loft insulation is the most popular and effective form of insulation – if your home’s attic isn’t insulated, this could be your first worthwhile improvement. Other forms of insulation include double glazing, cavity wall insulation, pipe insulation and floor insulation. Some older homes may even be eligible for a grant that could help to lower the cost of insulation installation.
Install an EV charger
With electric cars becoming more commonplace on the road, it could be worth installing an EV charger outside your home. This is most worthwhile in urban areas where electric cars are most popular and are thought to eventually replace petrol cars. EV chargers could allow owners of electric vehicles to charge their cars overnight, rather than having to find a charging point somewhere.