If you’re a landowner or prospective landowner in Oklahoma or Arkansas and are considering building a custom home from the ground up, there are a few things to consider before you start. One of the most important considerations in this day and age is how to incorporate smart technology into your home.
You’ve probably heard a little about smart homes and home automation, but how do you know what to include? It’s easy to get caught in the rabbit hole of research and be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options there are when it comes to smart home building. That’s why we’ve put together this list of innovative – but not over the top – ways to build your home of the future. Taking up a few of these ideas will not only improve your lifestyle in your new home; it could improve its selling value in the future.
Start With Safety & Security
Smart technology has a lot to offer when it comes to ramping up your home’s security system. By syncing your smartphone with your security system, you can receive notifications when certain activities occur, such as certain doors being opened or sensors detecting movement. If you’re often busy at work or on the go, having a smart security system can give you the peace of mind you need.
You can find out who’s at the door, even if you’re not home and decide whether or not to unlock it for them by distance. That way, instead of worrying over the possibility of intruders, you’ll know right off the bat that it was just your guest whose flight came in earlier than planned. You can even be notified if your safe or jewelry drawer is opened.
Safety is another key aspect of smart home planning. Did you forget to turn the stove off? There are features that will turn off your stove for you if it’s left unattended. Moisture detectors can alert you to leaks or floods in the basement. The possibilities for improving home safety are virtually limitless.
Plan Ahead for Medical Emergencies
It’s not often that medical emergencies happen in the home, and this isn’t the most fun thing to think about when planning your smart home. Still, it’s important to be prepared for any and all health-related crises, and implementing new tech is a great way to mitigate these potential issues. Smart home technology can allow you to implement medical alert systems and telehealth systems so you can videoconference with your doctor.
Creating a home for the future doesn’t have to be all about emergency preparedness, safety, and security. Though those are all crucial, set some of your budget aside for a little luxury and self-indulgence. Connect your stereo to your system so that it starts playing a pre-set playlist the moment you walk inside (after having unlocked the door using your phone of course). Have the thermostat set the temperature to your ideal level before you arrive so you can relax and unwind once you get home. You can even have your toaster begin heating up or your latte maker preps your morning blend the moment you step out of bed or the shower.
Like what you hear? Ready to get started on your custom future home? Work with your expert local home builder, Parker Built Homes, to guarantee quality craftsmanship and innovation.