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Modern Home Amenities in 2023

In 2022, many custom home builds were outfitted with a range of modern home amenities that made everyday life easier and more comfortable. From voice-activated appliances to intelligent climate control systems, these new features will change the way we live in our homes. Some of these innovations are already available on the market, while others are still in development. But all of them are poised to make a big impact in the years to come. So if you’re planning to design and build your home in the near future, be sure to include some of these cutting-edge technologies.


Voice-activated appliances

With technology becoming more and more integrated into the home, many devices are now responding to vocal commands. This way, users don't need to be familiar with the technical aspects of their smart-devices -they can simply speak aloud and get what they need. Personal voice-controlled assistants in the kitchen are one example of this growing trend toward intuitive usage that requires little effort on behalf of consumers. These type of assistants can help navigate complex recipes, concoct various dishes, and keep tabs on dietary and nutritional needs for their families.


Intelligent climate control systems


Climate control systems not only mean you can keep rooms at your preferred temperature, but they also lead to less wasted energy and lower bills. With intelligent climate control, every room in your house will be a comfortable haven from the summer heat, or cold winter- no more arguing over the thermostat! You can save energy by using a smart home climate control system because it only turns on the AC or heat when it's absolutely necessary. For example, if your teenager leaves the house with the AC running full blast, sensors will notice and turn it off until they comes back. Not to mention, you'll be able to see how much energy each room is consuming so that you can regulate temperature more efficiently and have more balanced overall energy usage.


Remote home monitoring


As technology advances, more and more modern home designs are taking advantage of remote home monitoring systems. These systems allow users to control various functions of their homes remotely, from locking the doors to turning on the lights. They also provide a level of security that is hard to beat, as they allow homeowners to keep an eye on their property at all times. One of the biggest benefits of a remote home monitoring system is convenience. With just a few clicks on your computer or smartphone, you can easily manage all the aspects of your home that you would normally have to go to great lengths to control. For example, if you're out of town and want to make sure your house is locked up tight, you can do so with ease using a remote monitoring system. You can also use it to conserve energy by adjusting the temperature in your home while you're away. And if there's ever an emergency at home, you can quickly and easily access footage from your security cameras right from your phone or laptop.


Automated blinds and shades

There are many benefits to automated blinds and shades, from the better safety to the saved money. The cordless design is definitely the safest option for children and pets. By having motorized shades, you no longer have to worry about cords that could potentially lead to strangulation hazards. You can now feel safe and secure in your home without worrying about harming your loved ones. Not only does motorized window treatment improve your home's energy efficiency, but it also provides the benefit of light control. You can schedule your blinds to automatically open and close at specific times during the day in order to make the most of natural lighting. For example, you can save money on heating bills by letting in sunlight on a sunny winter day.


Automated blinds and shades are not only convenient, but they also add an extra layer of security to your home. Whether you’re on vacation or just at work, program your motorized blinds or shades to open and close at specific times to create the illusion that someone is home. If you're looking to sell your house, make it stand out on the market with motorized blinds. Most window treatments are attached directly to the home, so buyers expect them to be included in their purchase. Motorized shades and blinds have become increasingly popular in recent years for their ease of use, ability to sync with smart-home devices, and green features that boost energy efficiency. And this is an easy way to get a return on your investment when you upgrade to motorized blinds before putting your house on the market.


Home security cameras


Identity theft, home invasions, and package thefts are unfortunately on the rise. By installing security cameras in and around your custom home build, you can have peace of mind knowing that you can see who is at your door or check-in on your kids without being in the same room as them. Some systems will even let you remotely unlock doors for guests! Having a security camera will make anyone who seems suspicious think twice before entering your property. Not only will it help deter criminal activity, but it'll also capture footage of anything that does happen on your property. This footage can then be used to assist the police with further investigations. This footage can assist the police in catching thieves, and also help you get compensated by your insurance company for your stolen belongings.


Programmable lighting controls

If you're hosting guests and want to establish a certain ambiance, programmable lighting is your go-to. With the press of a button, you can set the light intensity for a relaxed mood while enjoying drinks and conversation with friends. On the other hand, if you're planning an outrageous party where you want bright lights that slowly dim as the night goes on, encouraging guests to leave at an appropriate time--you can do that too! Simply set the lights beforehand and observe your handiwork throughout evening.


One issue that many people face is a lack of sunlight exposure when they spend extended periods indoors. This can disrupt their circadian rhythms, sleep cycles, and overall wellbeing. To address this problem, programmable lights are becoming increasingly popular among lighting manufacturers. These fixtures can be linked to your lighting automation system so that they mimic the changing temperature of sunlight throughout the day. Cooler hues early in the day will help you feel energized, while warmer hues in the evening will signal to your body that it's time to relax and prepare for sleep.


Home theaters

Sometimes we all need to treat ourselves. And, what better way to do it than by installing a large home cinema screen complete with surround sound speakers and comfortable seating? Home cinema rooms are a luxurious addition to any property that makes life more enjoyable, just like tennis courts or swimming pools. In other words, you're not just buying a cinema room- you're improving your personal image and gaining newfound status and prestige. You'll become the envy of all your friends and family members, who will all be begging to come over and try out the cinema for themselves.


Like most people, we adore going to see movies at the cinema. But it's no secret that the general movie theater experience comes with a few downfalls, from sitting uncomfortably close to strangers to desperately trying to hear over their incessant chatter and chewing. If you had a home cinema room, though, you could watch movies in the comfort of your own home without any nuisances whatsoever! You can appreciate an uninterrupted cinematic experience by simply pressing a button and immersing yourself in whichever film or series you desire—all while relaxing in your own comfortable chair. If you're a movie lover, then having your own personal cinema room is probably at the top of your list.


These types of rooms are designed specifically for enjoying films and create a much more immersive experience than just watching TV in your living room. There are many reasons to get a home cinema room, the biggest being high-quality visuals and sound. With technology today, you can watch your favorite films and TV shows with huge screens in amazing resolutions, great speakers, and perfect lighting--allowing you to see them how they were meant to be seen.


The term ‘home cinema’ is a little misleading. These are not just simple rooms where you can watch movies when you want, but rather high-end home theaters that have been designed to accommodate every type of screen-based entertainment imaginable. So whether you’re a movie lover or a gamer, installing a home cinema is sure to be an enjoyable experience! Ultra-high definition graphics, surround sound, and atmospheric lighting create an immersive gaming experience like never before. With a large screen, you'll never have to worry about tiny split screens in multiplayer mode. Proving that a home theater is the perfect modern home amenity.


Home offices


In an open-plan office, it can be difficult to remain focused with colleagues chatting and phones ringing. You have more control of your environment at home, allowing you to better tailor it for productivity. With no one around to distract you, you can enjoy the quiet or play your favorite music while working—whatever helps you stay concentrated. It's obvious that the less time you spend commuting, the more time you have to work. But this becomes much clearer when you don't have to drive 20 kilometers in evening traffic. So, depending on how they get to and from work, employees can save valuable time on every home office day.


Home office days can also help your wallet feel fuller. The fewer journeys made mean lower costs for car and public transport mobility-saving you money in the process On top of this, many offices mass-purchase furniture, so everyone has the same type of desk and chairs. While this may appear to be more cost effective, it often isn't because those one-size-fits all desks and chairs aren't comfortable for many people. If your seat is too large or small for you, you're likely going to experience neck and back pain soon enough. When furnishing your own office though, you can pick ergonomic chairs and furniture that fit your body better, support spine health naturally, and decrease stress on areas like your joints, neck, and back.


Some places of business are very particular about how employees decorate their workplace and what personal items they have. Companies have been known to disallow pictures, plants, cartoons, sports memorabilia and other objects that make an employee's space more comfortable and less sterile. You might not be able to show your personality at work, but there’s no reason why you can’t create the perfect workspace in your home.


"What am I wearing today?" - This question is a thing of the past. When working from home, you can dress, style and behave however you want because in the end, it's all about getting the job done. Plus, you get to design your own office however you please." And with a home office, you'll be prepared for anything life throws your way - whether that's working from home during a pandemic, after breaking your leg, or caring for a sick family member.


Many major cities witnessed a significant drop in air pollution during coronavirus lockdowns. With less people commuting and businesses closed, that’s remarkable. Telecommuting even one or two days from your home office each week can help lower your carbon footprint, safeguard the environment and diminish pollution. Furthermore, by working from home you are creating a healthier environment not just for yourself but also for your loved ones. To elaborate, people often go to work when they have a minor cold and by commuting less frequently, you're decreasing the chances of coming into contact with harmful germs. In other words, you're taking preventive measures against falling ill - something that becomes even more important after a global pandemic.


A home office is not only a valuable asset, but it may make your home easier to sell in the future. If potential buyers often work from home, they'll see your already-prepared designated space as a huge selling point.


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Now that 2022 is in our rear view mirror, many people are looking ahead to what 2023 has in store. We've taken a look at some predictions for modern home amenities that will be popular in the coming years. Some of these include voice-activated technology, smart appliances that can be controlled remotely, and devices that are designed to be energy-efficient.


It's clear that homeowners will continue to seek out ways to make their lives easier and more comfortable, and more environmentally-friendly, and with the ever-growing advancements in technology, this is definitely something that can be expected moving forward. Are any of these amenities something you want to include in your custom home build? Contact us before you knockdown and rebuild and we'll help you through the process!

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