We are fortunate enough to be living in a technology boom. Ten years ago, tech like the iPhone and motion sensor gaming were unthinkable.
The best part of it is that advancements in technology aren’t just isolated to consumer goods — home improvement is now greatly led and influenced by technology. So much so that you can now purchase certain smart home systems that will allow you to turn your bath on from your car on the commute home.
In the following paragraphs we’ll discuss how technological advancements have enabled home improvement projects to push the boundaries and provide homeowners with their dream place to live.
Computer aided design
Gone are the days when an architect had to spend endless hours with a pencil to draft out their ideas and then pick up the hot glue gun to produce a scale model of a structure. No, thanks to technology this can all be done on a computer.
You can design everything from the interior of the home to the actual structure of the building itself. As a result, you have a far better idea of what the finished product will look like.
Let’s face it, a model that looks like it has been made out of materials from the local textiles shop will do but it doesn’t compare to a computer design that allows you to virtually walk-through the building before one brick has even been laid.
A perfect example of CAD software is autokitchen, which is used by architects and designers to create a virtual mock-up of a new kitchen for a client. The software can even take the current image of a kitchen and show clients what a certain type of flooring or light fitting could look like should they decide to purchase it.
You might also want to invest in a beautiful modern sofa, but you are worried that it won’t fit in with your décor at home. Well there are now free virtual reality apps that you can download straight to your phone. All you’ll need to do is take a picture of your living room and then you can ‘drop’ your new sofa right into it on your screen.
CAD really can help to eliminate any nasty visual surprises during a home improvement project, so homeowners can rest easy knowing that they will love the finished product.
Smart home technology
As we touched on at the beginning of the article, smart home systems are becoming extremely popular.
Due to the advancements in technology it is no longer only ‘rich’ people who can afford the systems meaning that smart homes are more mainstream than ever.
Through smart home technology you can automate your home to the point that it feels like you are living in a computer. Whether you want to do something simple like control the music in different rooms from one remote or something more complex like being able to control your home lighting system whilst abroad, it is all possible through smart home technology.
Companies like Control4 have even developed their systems to the point that they are compatible with most tablets and mobile phones, so you’ll be able to literally control everything in your house for the device that you use on a daily (if not hourly) basis.
There is very much an emphasis on going green and reducing our overall carbon footprint. It has now got to the point where there are a number of systems that you can purchase to help make your home “greener.”
You can install solar panels on your roof to harness the energy of the sun to produce electricity for your home and even take heat out of the ground using what is known as a ground source heat pump. Not only will systems such as these reduce your carbon footprint, they can also help lower your monthly bills, and that can never be a bad thing.
Technology has already helped us to make great strives in the home development industry and this will only continue to be the case with tech firms always challenging themselves to push the boundaries.