The Weekend Leader – 7 tips for building a future-proof home

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For most Indian families, investing in a house is a lifelong dream. But when you’re buying or building a home, it’s important to make sure it’s a future-proof home that can easily adapt to future changes in technology and the changing needs of your own family.

Sustainability is the process of anticipating the future and developing methods to minimize the effects of shocks and stresses from future events or breakthrough innovations that change the way we live.

From ensuring a fully Wi-Fi-enabled home to allowing for the ability to harness solar power, there are 7 tips for building a future-proof home.

Here are the top 7 things you need to take care of to ensure your home is ready for the future:

1. Wi-Fi coverage

As the Internet and Wi-Fi become an integral and inescapable part of our daily lives, make sure your home is ready for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Comparing the current situation to what it was a few years ago would easily realize how exponential the growth is in terms of IoT reach.

The smart home trend has caught on, and since WiFi-enabled devices (from a robot vacuum/mop to CCTVs) would most likely be spread throughout the home, it’s important to ensure that WiFi- Fi also reaches every nook and cranny of your home.

Finding an ideal space for the router right from the planning stage, deciding the coverage area and the network bandwidth would help you ensure that every part of your home is well connected. Investing in a Wi-Fi booster would also be a good option for homes with larger areas or without a uniform design.

2. EV charging stations

Electric vehicles have already taken and established their place in today’s vehicle market. People are generally more concerned about the environment lately, and rightly so.

To ensure you plan a future-proof home, an electric vehicle charging station has become a must-have accessory. There are a few things to consider when choosing an electric charging unit.

It is important to plan for the power requirements that would arise and to incorporate a power supply unit that could easily support the load. It is also important to choose a durable product that would be of high quality and require less maintenance. The charging unit should be located in an appropriate and convenient place for daily use.

Having a smart home controller available will make it easier to add a new device or device into the smart ecosystem in the future

3. Smart home controller

Due to the security, ease of living, and comfort it provides, smart homes have been popular with homeowners recently. They are so inclusive that they have USPs for every age group.

While the curiosity factor plays well for the youngsters, comfort and ease of use become the USP for the middle-aged crowd. The safety and assistance it provides to the elderly make it their favorite.

So, while taking the necessary steps to ensure you have a future-proof home, installing a smart home controller and smart hub is absolutely important. The smart home controller will facilitate the introduction of a new appliance or device into the smart ecosystem at any time in the future.

4. Spaces and outlets

The increase in the standard of living and the growth in the quality of life have reached an all-time high in recent years. While most people can afford the latest appliances, the challenge comes in finding a suitable place to keep them.

It is so common that even after purchasing a device, you cannot find a suitable position to accommodate it, or the position does not have the necessary power outlet for it to work effortlessly. This can be avoided by planning each space in your home with a list of appliances and furniture that need to be installed.

It would be wise to leave spaces reserved for specific devices. For example, the robot vacuum cleaner has gained popularity among the public. The ideal would be to provide storage and a docking station for it on the ground. The situation is similar for dishwashers.

Allocating space when designing and providing electrical and plumbing points for these options would be the ideal solution. It is recommended to provide a few additional sockets in each room, near the counters, the floor and at least one near the ceiling.

Home workspaces for family members can be considered

5. Work from home corner

The pandemic that has taken almost two years from our lives has taught us enough to plan for a safe future and has given us the divine option of being able to work from home. Companies that have followed the trend, seeing the increase in productivity, are now offering the possibility of working permanently from home.

Even for students, classes are conducted online and students have the opportunity to learn from their bedrooms. Looking at the trend, it seems here to stay and thus becomes an important aspect to consider while making your home future-proof.

6. The Baby Ordeal

It is a normal tendency for families to expand after building the house and then struggle to find space for a crèche for example. The safety of babies in homes is always important. Implementing current practices such as edge and corner covers and concealed power outlets in areas easily accessible to children can be a big help.

It would be best if you could make sure that the materials you choose for your home are not toxic to children or break easily.

It’s always a Herculean task to keep kids out of the closet. In addition to the added risk of getting locked in, it could also contain cleaning supplies and other items that could potentially pose a risk. Introducing magnetic locks for cupboards and wardrobes is a good idea. But it is also important to provide separate storage spaces for cleaning products and other toxic elements.

Baby safety in the house is recommended for child safety

7. Green energy

Using solar energy to power your home is not a new idea, but more and more people are opting for it lately. Therefore, when building your home, even if you don’t plan to install solar panels immediately, find suitable locations and make arrangements so that you can proceed with the installation in the future.

With the increase in energy demand, energy prices are also on the upward trend. Using solar power to meet a substantial portion of your energy consumption will go a long way towards sustainability and cost effectiveness. In addition, most places already have the option of feeding excess solar energy back into the grid.

Remember that the future is constantly changing and adapting, and it’s important to make sure your home is vibrant and ready to change.

Author Gopikrishnan V, Founder and CEO, BuildNext

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