When you are planning your new home design, it is a good idea to look ahead and plan to future proof your new home. You want your new home to grow with you, and be able to fit your lifestyle for many years to come. Future-proofing your new home can save yourself a lot of money and stress, and ensures that your new home is prepared for anything that the future may hold. There are a few design tips and key areas to consider that can make sure that your new home is set to last a lifetime.
Plenty of power points in key locations
Nothing is more frustrating than finding out after moving into your new home that there are not enough power points. It may seem like a minor detail, but a lack of power points can cause a lot of inconveniences later down the line. It is better to have too many than not enough, so make sure to do your research beforehand. How many people will be living in the home? What will each room be used for? How many appliances will need to be permanently plugged into each room? There is a lot to consider, so making sure you have extra power points installed while your home is being built can help keep you one step ahead.
Put extra conduits and wiring in for future lights and features
In the future, you may want to add extra lights or special features to your home. Having the conduits and wiring already available will make the installation of these new features a lot easier and also not as costly. Your builder will be able to help you with recommendations for where you may want additional wiring, and can guide you in how to go about ensuring your new home will be able to support any future changes. Extra lighting, additional access points, wiring for security systems, doorbells, and so on are all things that you may want to consider installing in the future, so having the wiring for these ready to go can help make the installation process smooth and simple.
Look into sustainable energy (rainwater tanks and solar heating)
Sustainable energy is definitely the way of the future, and there are multiple ways to make sure your home is set up to take advantage of sustainable energy. Rainwater tanks and solar panels are the most popular choice when it comes to renewable energy and green living, and are a great way to help lessen your carbon footprint. Apart from the obvious benefits to the environment, it will also save you considerable money in the long run, so is worth investing in as early as possible.
Make sure your home is WiFi friendly
Check before you purchase your land what the NBN connectivity in your area is like; this will be especially important if you or someone you’ll be living with plan to work from home. With more and more people working from home, and the popularity of streaming services, digital video-games, and other internet-based services becoming more popular all the time, it is important to make sure that your home has a stable internet connection. It is also a good idea to opt for extra Wireless Access Points in your home to ensure that you have good WiFi coverage across every room.
What automated features are available
Smart homes are very popular at the moment, and it isn’t hard to see why. Easily being able to control multiple systems and appliances in your home at the touch of a button right from your phone is extremely appealing, and will be something that will add value to your home. Heating, ovens, and so much more can be fully automated, and can help bring that extra sense of luxury and convenience to your new home.
Voice control commands in your home
This feature really doesn’t need much explanation; being able to turn lights on or off, turn on speakers, or even close and open blinds all through voice commands is an appealing feature for any new home buyer. There are many services that can help make your home fully voice-controlled, and turn your home into a smart home. From playing music through your integrated speakers, looking up the weather forecast, discovering new recipes and setting timers, and so much more, there is a lot that you can do in your new home through voice controls.
Future proof your new home by making sure that your home is designed with not just today in mind, but also tomorrow, ensures that your home is set to last for generations to come. To decide what else to consider including in your new home, talk to your Content Living consultant today.