I’m showing several newly-built homes in Monroe, NY, today. They all feature amenities that, 20-30 years ago, were reserved for the homes of the very wealthy. Today’s buyers expect cathedral ceilings in the entryways and family rooms, gas fireplaces, big windows, very large master suites with walk-in closets and master baths with beautiful tile and whirlpool tubs. They also want basements with 8’ – 9’ ceilings to use for living/recreational space, not the old-style cellars once used for storage and maybe laundry. I wonder which of these features will be outdated in 20 years and which will continue to be built into the homes of the future?
Technology is changing so rapidly that 20-30 years from now, we will be living lifestyles that look very different from our lives today. We already have the ability to use Smartphones to program automated home systems that can change the thermostat, open or close blinds, turn lights on or off, and more, no matter where you are.
My local technology expert told me that instead of using sheetrock and acoustical tiles for sound-proofing, noise problems will be solved using devices that generate electronic waves. Walls may be uniformly painted white, and a color, photograph or painting will be projected onto the wall. Imagine how easy redecorating will be! These decorating systems could even change the colors with the hour of the day.
Imagine getting an email from your house to let you know that your son has come home from school or your lawn sprinklers turn off when they sense rain, or your home saves you energy costs by powering down lights, music, heat or air-conditioning when no one is in the room. In our age of technology, imagination has no limits.
Deborah Warner keeps up to date with the latest technology for homes and energy-saving features, while providing an extra personal touch in her service to sellers and buyers. Click here for a free consultation on selling your home or finding your next one.
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