By: Christel Silver Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
For most of us, we are thinking of a rectangular dwelling maybe with a front porch, front lawn and a garage. But the experts predict that climate change and population growth as well as the improving technologies will redefine the look of future homes. And they will most likely be smaller – and more economical.
The evolution of the home moves from shelter to hygiene to security. First homes were built to provide shelter and insulation then later water and sewer were added. Now, we are seeing advanced technology with simple sensors and networking capabilities that provide security to the home.
Look at the Lennar’s Next Gen® model, which are two houses in one! Imagine having privacy and closeness, as well as independence and help nearby when needed.
The homes will become a natural extension of you. Rather than the occupant adapting to the home, we’ve entered an exciting new phase where the home works for those who live inside it. Just imagine what sensors will be able to do: Parents can have peace of mind knowing that the children arrived safely at home and exterior sensors will make the home more secure. The list of potential applications is endless.
Imagine that thermostats can sense temperature on windows and the exterior to place an automatic control on the energy, air conditioning or heating.
Have you noticed the new toilets have two ways to flush? One can significantly save on water use. Sprinkler systems can sense whether water is needed. As technology advances, homeowners will benefit and enjoy many features future homes have to offer.
The home of the future will have its own power generator by applying a thin film of solar technology to every window in your home. We are using already film to block out the sunlight to save energy. Future robots will take over some chores.
Refrigerators can tell you already how many eggs are left. You can talk to your phone and get an answer – this technology will interact with the appliances in your home even more so in the future.
It is already a plus if the house has an office with wireless access. Future homes will all have home offices as well.
In the future the value of a home will be measured by the monthly cost of living. The buyer will look at the cost for heating, cooling and maintenance, so better construction and better insulation will be the key. People will spend money to build improvements to lower utility bills.
In the near future, experts predict “smarthomes” will go further than just standalone devices. Smart interiors will be built into the very structure of our homes.
About Christel Silver
Christel Silver is a full time Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty servicing the East Coast of South Florida. In 1985 she was licensed in Maryland and Washington DC as a Realtor and later as a Certified Residential Appraiser and Associate Broker and has been in Florida since 2001. The National Association of Realtor’s (NAR) President appointed her (2010-2014) as the President’s Liaison to Germany, where she grew up and worked at the Justice Department for 17 years prior to coming to this country. The Germany Real Estate Organization (IVD) has an agreement with the NAR and she is an International member of this organization. Christel is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), and a certified speaker teaching CIPS classes. Ms. Silver served the Florida Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Chapter as President, as Regional Vice President helping Chapters to grow, and as a member of the Board of Directors for two years. She served previously as an ambassador. She has recently been named NAR President’s Liaison to Germany and Director for RAPB GFLR South County Board. Fifty percent of her business is in the International arena. For more information visit www.silverhouses.com.