Tomorrow’s home isn’t necessarily “science fiction” futuristic - it’s about home value, making it more environmentally friendly, and making our lifestyles easier. To predict what home features will be most valued in the coming years, there are four rising trends that will stand out.
Becoming more energy efficient
Utility bills are definitely going to increase substantially over the next few years. This will drastically push the need for more green standards in households nationally, if not world wide.
Efficiency toilets – These toilets today even use less water than the federal standard of 1.6 gallons. This will save the consumer a bundle of money. According to the EPA, replacing pre-1994 toilets with new high-efficiency toilets will save over $90 on annual utility bills. This technology will save about 4000 gallons of water per year.
Greywater systems – According to Energy.gov, these systems currently reuse up to 60% of your household water for watering the lawn and flushing toilets. Every day, the average family of four uses about 400 gallons of water per day. The water used from tubs, showers, bathroom sinks and laundry is considered greywater. It can’t be used again for drinking, but it can be recycled for other purposes mentioned above.
Energy dashboards – This is similar to how cars share the miles per gallon, an energy dashboard will do the same for homes. Many home owners think they are not using as much energy as they did 5 years ago, and many think their home is energy efficient. But, when comparing their current energy bills with past years, they will notice their bills have gone up in cost. With the dashboard in the home, there will be instant access to information about how much energy is being consumed by the hour, day or month. This will help make informed energy choices throughout the month.
Being prepared for the rise of the crazy weather patterns
Since the weather seems to be changing significantly year to year and the surplus of storms, homeowners are often left without power for days, weeks or even months in some cases
Whole house generator – This will enable people to live just as comfortably until their power is restored. These are becoming another option when building new homes for buyers. With the amount of hurricanes, tornadoes, and other large storms throughout the US in the past years, these are more of a necessity, then a luxury.
The desire to eat healthier
People are becoming more interested and invested in their health, and are turning more to locally grown foods, or even creating their own indoor garden.
Edible indoor kitchen gardens – This garden is based on hydroponic systems that will allow people to grow their own fresh vegetables in their home. Bringing nature inside can create a much healthier living. It also beats rising food prices and reduces the energy of transporting food.
Sophisticated energy efficient appliances and fixtures
GE recently revealed their vision for homes for the near future – 2025. They are not focusing on the use of smartphone apps, but more on the appliances and fixtures in our home working harder.
Smart Faucets – They won’t be just for water. It will be more similar to a soda dispensing gun found in restaurants. A touch of its top screen and it offers filtered or carbonated water. It also makes its own ice and it can pour out vitamin water and other beverages.
Kitchen sinks – They will double as dishwashers. The in-sink dishwasher will swash small loads in just a couple of minutes.
Laundry – The washing machine will act as a combination of washing, drying and storage unit. The clothes will have specific tags that tell the machine how to sort the laundry, what temperature and which cycles to choose. After they are cleaned, they are compressed into “pellets”, that will be inventoried and store. The machine will then be able to tell what is available and makes suggestions based on the time of year, weather and what matches.
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Ben Lang is a Birmingham Realtor specializing in Oakland County Real Estate. Ben is an agent with Max Broock in Birmingham, Michigan. See what past clients have to say about Ben Lang. Lang Premier Properties looks out for your best interests when you purchase a new custom luxury home. We always recommend working with an experienced luxury real estate agent when buying a new luxury estate.