Custom Home Design Trends: Looking to the Future of Smart Homes

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August 31 Custom Homes, Residential, Custom Home Design

At Hyline Construction, we are always looking to the future of smart homes in Vancouver and how it is becoming increasingly important for Canadians to come home to a house that is taking care of them and not the other way around. Through implementing smart home features into our custom home designs, we are able to offer customers a platform to monitor security and control their home environment over the Internet from anywhere. All of our smart home design trends are designed to monitor security, sustain energy, and save time.

The Future of Smart Homes

According to the 2018 CES, the future of smart homes is in the fusion of health care and home automation, as our homes will soon be able to track and assist in our health and well-being. Some of the design trends smart homes will have to offer include:

Smart Home Environmental and Wearable Sensors

Environmental sensors installed throughout the smart home and wearable medical grade sensors will work together to create an optimum living environment specific to each homeowner’s needs. These types of sensors will communicate to one another in order to analyze data and make appropriate, homeowner-specific decisions and suggestions for change. In custom homes, new appliances and fixtures, such as showers, sinks, toilets, fridges, etc., will also come with sensors that are able to gather data, communicate, and compare.

Smart Home Environmental Sensors

Environmental sensors are a network of sensors used to capture environmental parameters within the smart home. Some of the things that environmental sensors will monitor include:

  • Chemical and carbon dioxide levels
  • Temperature and humidity
  • Pollen, dust, and mold particles
  • Noise and light

Smart Home Wearable Sensors

Wearable sensors are designed to continually monitor a smart home homeowner by:

  • Measuring respiratory rate, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and body temperature
  • Detecting weight management issues, diabetes, and even cancer
  • Interpreting medical grade add-ons

Smart Home Automatic Adjustment Features

Once a smart home has accumulated information from both the home environment and the homeowner, it will automatically adjust the environment or make suggestions to the homeowner. Some of the things that a smart home will be able to adjust are:

  • Temperature and airflow may adjust if the person’s wearable device indicates an elevated body temperature.
  • Humidifiers will activate if the air is too dry, aiding people with asthma.
  • Air filters will make accommodations to improve air quality, which is vital for people with different allergies, and will track changes over time.
  • Light sensors can detect low levels of light in a room as the sun sets and can be set to turn the lights on as the room darkens when the homeowner is at home.
  • Ovens can detect when something is burning and turn themselves off.
  • Indicators will be able to notify their users when any readings are off (i.e. if they are dehydrated they may be prompted to drink water).
  • Devices can remind people to take their medicine.
  • Devices will be able to alert a third party if there is an environmental emergency, such as a fire, within the home.
  • Medical professionals or loved ones can be contacted in case of a physical emergency, such as a heart attack.

Why Consider Making Your Custom Home a Smart Home?

Smart homes of the future will subtly adjust relevant environmental factors to optimize the homeowner’s well-being and elevate the overall home life experience. Smart homes could also be the difference between a patient receiving care in their own home or in a specialized care setting. By closely monitoring the homeowners’ readings, making environmental adjustments, and giving alerts where necessary, as well as transmitting any pertinent information to health care providers, smart homes will allow disabled people and chronically ill patients to live a more independent life in their own home. Smart homes could also afford opportunities which will allow the elderly to stay in their homes longer. Extending independent living would in turn, lower health care costs, which is especially important at a time when the baby boomer generation enters into their aging years.

If you would like to learn more about the future of smart homes or about custom home design trends, or if you interested in one of our custom building services for residential or commercial properties, please contact Hyline Construction at 604-889-5242 or by filling out a contact form on our website.