When it comes to high-end homes, it appears the most in-demand feature is smart home technology. This move is being regarded as a level of investment for the future as much as it is regarded as being one that is of value to the present day.
Given the cost of some high-end homes, there is no real limit on the capabilities of smart technology, at least not with respect to the budget. An example of this would be the Home House property, created by Ian Silverstein, which was placed on the market for £1.75 million, with the property containing £75,000 worth of smart technology. Some of the key features were:
Light sensors for the bathroom
• Smart fire alarms able to detect the presence of carbon dioxide
• Biometric security, allowing access through the front door even if a person has their hands full with shopping
• A switch that turns of all lights in the house, ideal when exiting the property
You only need to consider the big names of the present day who are embracing smart technology to realise that this is going to remain at the forefront of modern homes. Amazon, Google and Samsung are all heavily invested with their own brands and technology. In some ways, you could argue that it is homes that need to catch up with the available technology to unleash the full capabilities of what smart technology can achieve in the home.
Smart technology can make homes more environmentally friendly
As you would imagine, there is a strong focus on using smart home technology to make a property more environmentally friendly. Two key features in a growing number of homes are solar panels and heat pumps with a ground source. The presence of these features ensures a home can sustain themselves on renewable energy sources.
There is also an increasing supply of electric vehicle charging points being provided while the use of smart thermostats has increased across the country. This is not the technology that is solely reserved for high-end properties, everyone can benefit from adding this to their home.
Smart homes must be secure
However, the biggest step forward for high-end homes may come with data sharing. There is optimism that your home may be able to act in the role of your personal assistant, helping you to run your life more smoothly. The perfect example of this would be the fridge which can inform you when you are running low on a certain item or perhaps even order them for you. This will remove a lot of stress and inconvenience for many people but no doubt it will have to be organised and run in an effective and appropriate manner.
Of course, whenever data is being shared, there is a need for security measures to be in place. This is an area that is likely to halt the rate of progress as manufacturers ensure that their devices are robust. You can guarantee that hackers will be looking for ways to infiltrate the new supply of smart technology, so the firms behind these devices need to ensure that they are equipped to deal with whatever comes their way.
The demands placed on high-end property increase all the time but it may be that it is smart technology that transforms how we view the modern home.