The two basic requirements when building a home are upfront cost and durability. Depending on where you live, we can add elements such as insulation, weather resistance and even safety during earthquakes (critical considering the Pacific Northwest’s vulnerability). It’s also nice if the home looks good and is comfortable to live in. In the past, fashion trends that have come and gone in building have included things such as thatched roofs, bay or circular windows and conservatories.
Due to the march of technology, we can expect quite a few add-ons to become popular in coming years, and probably more rapidly than we think possible. Most of these can be installed onto an existing construction project, but you can avoid all kinds of complications by designing them from the start.
If you’re planning on building your dream home, take a look at what the following options have to offer – even if you can’t cover the additional costs right now, asking your builder to keep them in mind may save you a lot of trouble later.
1. Solar Roofing
These days, improved technology and a huge number of government incentives and financing plans have made solar power more affordable than ever. Even if you don’t wish to generate your own power, at least consider adding a solar water heater to save on your home electricity bills.
A number of tech companies have jumped on this bandwagon with varying degrees of success. Home automation is certainly the way of the future, but we’re still not sure exactly what that future is going to look like. Consult with an expert on what characteristics your new home should have, from wi-fi doorbells to automated, wireless security cameras.
3. Insulated Glazing
Whenever it’s really hot or cold out, keeping the interior at a comfortable temperature is likely to eat up huge amounts of power and cash. One of the biggest costs in installing windows comes in the installation, so consider adding glazing or other alternatives from the get-go.
4. Interior Design
Cities are becoming more crowded, and thus designers need to be more efficient with how they utilize space. Space saving measures, such as spiral staircases and sliding doors, are expected to become much more commonplace, as well as a variety of open-plan variations we’ll see people experimenting with.
5. Charging Ports for Cars
When they first came out, only a handful of people could afford them. Now though, as the technology quickly becomes more affordable, the growing movement of electric cars will impact more and more garage designs in the coming years. Prices for charging port start from only $300.
The construction process may be traditional, but time stands still for no-one. What may still be a novelty today is likely to become part of the standard package in a very short time.
For advice on the most cutting-edge home technologies, give the experts at Portland Development Group a call. It’s our hope to build homes that age gracefully into the future.