In today’s digitally driven world, homeowners seek ways to enhance their living spaces with the latest home technology. As a residential construction professional, get ahead of the curve by using cutting-edge solutions that cater to these evolving needs when building or remodeling homes.
Incorporating home tech planning and products into your residential construction projects can boost the value of the homes you build and provide homeowners with a seamless and convenient living experience.
We’re exploring the most popular home tech product categories so you can plan for home technology during the building and remodeling process.
A reliable and high-speed internet connection has become an essential requirement for individuals and families, enabling them to stay connected, work remotely, access online services and enjoy various forms of entertainment.
Fiber-optic cables provide fast and reliable internet connections, surpassing traditional copper-based connections with speed and bandwidth. By incorporating fiber-optic networks into your builds, you can ensure that homeowners have access to lightning-fast internet speeds for streaming, gaming, video conferencing and other data-intensive activities.
Comprehensive Wi-Fi Coverage
Strategically place Wi-Fi routers to minimize dead spots and provide consistent coverage throughout the house. Mesh networking systems can be employed to extend the Wi-Fi signal range, ensuring seamless connectivity in every corner of the home. It’s increasingly important as more devices like smartphones, tablets, smart home devices and appliances rely on Wi-Fi connections.
Advanced Networking Infrastructure
Install structured wiring systems that support high-speed data transfer and accommodate emerging technologies. Builders should consider including conduit runs throughout the house to allow for easy upgrades and modifications in the future.
Security is a top priority for homeowners. Residential construction builders should offer comprehensive home security solutions that provide peace of mind and protect against intruders and potential hazards.
Install smart locks that enable homeowners to lock and unlock their doors remotely and provide temporary access codes for guests.
Video Doorbells & Cameras
Incorporate video doorbells and security cameras that allow homeowners to monitor their property from anywhere.
Integrate alarm systems that detect smoke, carbon monoxide, and intrusions, with the ability to send alerts to homeowners’ smartphones.
TV & Movies
Create an immersive entertainment experience by integrating cutting-edge audiovisual technology throughout the home, including home theater and media rooms.
Install a whole-house audio system that allows homeowners to stream music in different rooms simultaneously.
Home Theater Systems
Design dedicated spaces for home theaters, complete with high-quality sound systems and large screens.
Offer Smart TVs that provide seamless access to streaming services and integrate with other Smart home devices.
Smart Home Technology/Home Control/Automation
Smart home devices, such as voice-activated assistants, smart thermostats, security systems and lighting controls, enhance convenience, energy efficiency and security. The design of these devices allows them to connect to the internet, giving homeowners control to monitor their homes remotely. Including the necessary wiring and infrastructure during construction makes it easier for homeowners to integrate and control smart devices.
Lighting plays a crucial role in creating the ambiance and functionality of a home. By incorporating Smart lighting systems, you give homeowners the ability to control and automate their lighting preferences.
Smart Dimmers & Switches
Install Smart dimmers and switches to control lighting through voice commands or smartphone apps.
Create lighting scenes that allow homeowners to set different moods for different occasions, such as movie nights or dinner parties. Lighting systems can also enhance energy efficiency and create a comfortable ambiance, supporting the well-being of the occupants.
Integrate motion sensors that automatically turn on lights when someone enters a room and turn them off when rooms are unoccupied.
Motorized Shades & Drapery
These technological advancements have revolutionized how we control natural light, privacy and energy efficiency in homes.
Motorized shades and drapery offer unparalleled convenience and comfort. With the touch of a button or through automated scheduling, homeowners can effortlessly adjust the position and opacity of their window coverings. Whether raising the shades in the morning to let in the warm sunlight or lowering them in the evening for privacy, these motorized systems provide the ultimate control to homeowners.
Motorized shades and drapery contribute to enhanced energy efficiency. By integrating with Smart home systems, these window treatments can respond to the changing conditions of the day. They can automatically adjust to block out excessive heat during the summer, reducing the strain on cooling systems and lowering energy costs. Conversely, they can allow natural light to flood the interiors during colder months, reducing reliance on artificial lighting and maximizing passive solar heating.
Motorized shades and drapery also offer improved safety and security features. With programmable settings and the ability to simulate occupancy, homeowners can create the impression that someone is home even when they’re away, deterring potential burglars. The seamless operation of these motorized systems eliminates the risk of entangled cords, making them a safer choice for households with children or pets.
As a residential construction builder, embracing home tech planning and incorporating Smart products can set your projects apart and cater to the growing demand for modern living experiences. By considering pre-construction planning, Smart lighting, home security and entertainment solutions, you can provide homeowners with homes equipped for the digital age.
Stay up to date with the latest advancements in home technology to ensure your offerings remain competitive in the ever-evolving market at the 2024 NAHB International Builders’ Show happening Feb 27-29 in Las Vegas.