5 ways technology is changing home design
The most recent research from scientists who study early civilization suggests that humans first controlled fire around 1 million years ago. Archaeologists and anthropologists point to South Africa’s Wonderwerk cave as the site of the oldest controlled fire. This research is important because it suggests the staggering impact of fire on the homo erectus Human being.
This enabled our ancestors to keep warm and cook, aiding digestion, increasing calories and enabling brain growth, “Fire enabled these early humans to ward off predators and venture into harsh climates. It also had important social and behavioral implications, encouraging groups of people to get together and stay up late.,” according to this The source.
Fire was also the first example of “technology” altering the design of the house.
Of course, contemporary stoves and chimneys have come a long way over the past million years, but technology is still influencing home design more than ever.
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Technological changes in home design
Many home design and construction experts have noticed an accelerating effect of technology on their craft – driven, unsurprisingly, by the COVID pandemic. When families were forced to work, play and entertain from their homes all day, every day, new demands were placed on the rooms in homes.
Like this Wall Street Journal article note: “Now developers are beginning to incorporate more comprehensive working and learning plans into the rooms they design for new homes. Some clients have more idiosyncratic ideas. From high-tech places to move to spaces entirely devoted to other dimensions.
Indoor sports centers, virtual reality rooms for playing in the metaverse, garages housing electric vehicles, soundproof rooms and antimicrobial tiling for maximum hygiene – all are examples of the impact of technology on home design. In addition, most rooms in newly built homes, such as the Beautiful House “Whole House”, have multiple uses.
Here are five ways technology could impact home design.
A virtual leap into the metaverse
One of the hottest entertainment concepts on the planet isn’t really on the planet. It’s in a virtual space called the metaverse. Companies of all sizes are spending billions of dollars to profit from this commercial and entertaining “gold rush”. The idea of a “metaverse” was introduced by American science fiction author Neal Stephenson in his 1992 novel, Snowfall. In the novel, the characters use the metaverse as an escape from a futuristic and largely dystopian world.
When online gamers strap on their virtual reality (VR) headsets and begin hand-to-hand combat with forces of evil that humanity has never faced before, they don’t think about what the metaverse IS or IS NOT. They’re just having fun fighting evil. Of course, it’s all fun and games until someone stubs their toe on the coffee table! Home builders are adapting floor plans to the popularity of this virtual reality.
According to the WSJ article.
“VR gaming systems are included in many fully furnished homes sold by the company. Customers haven’t inquired about the metaverse yet, ‘but I see it’s something in the future,’ says Robb Daniels, owner of FHB Hearthstone.Some of the VR rooms have surround sound speakers and vibration sensors in the floors to maximize the virtual experience.Daniels compares the technology to the vibrating pads that some theaters use in the seats, triggered by the bass in the movies.
Phone EV Home
Much to the chagrin of combustion engine ecosystems, electric vehicles (EVs) are coming, and coming fast. It changes the way homeowners view their garage. On the one hand, there is no more oil and grease on the floor. Also, there are no carbon monoxide or other emissions since there is no exhaust pipe on the vehicle. This means that the role of the garage has changed from a storage place to a vehicle charging station. The perception and design of the garage will change as new electric vehicles are purchased.
The Journal article notes that some electric vehicle owners are already flooring over the concrete in their garages and adding additional storage space. “It almost becomes an extra room in the house,” says Lisa McClelland, senior vice president of design studios at Toll Brothers Inc., a luxury home builder. With this pristine condition, it’s not a big leap to get the EV-inspired concrete garage floor covered in Acme’s durable and beautiful coating. Luxury Vinyl Flooring.
High-tech recreation rooms
New technology means improving your golf handicap has never been easier, albeit a bit expensive. IIndoor golf simulators that were once too expensive for most single-family homes are popping up more often now that prices have fallen, according to the WSJ.
“While the full immersive experience can cost upwards of $100,000, entry-level simulators that use infrared laser or radar tracking to read a golf ball’s speed and spin and translate it into a virtual courses projected onto a screen are available for $6,000-$10,000 Nets can be attached to the sides of the setup to prevent balls from flying into different areas of the room.
“On some systems, game consoles can be connected to the projector to play your favorite games on the big screen. Many double as entertainment systems for children.
Podcast “Live from the Family Room”
Soundproofing rooms, once only found in professional recording studios, are now part of working and playing at home, especially in homes with several generations in a household. Podcasts, training videos, TikTok shorts, digital meetings, and a wide range of other presentations are all driving demand for soundproof rooms. Home designers and builders are responding to this demand with new options, while taking advantage of the well-known soundproofing benefits of homes with exterior brick construction.
Safety First – Antibacterial Tiles to the Rescue
The pandemic has changed the way almost everyone viewed household germs and that will likely continue when COVID is just a bad memory. Along with the entire family home, 24/7, high-traffic areas such as kitchens and bathrooms were “Petri dishes” for cultivating a variety of microbes, some dangerous. This was particularly problematic if there were younger children – famous for crawling on the floor and then putting their fingers in their mouths – in the family.
This situation and the intense concern for safety has led to the development of products that reduce the number of pathogens that can spread in the home. These include the PROTECT® Ceramic Tile Products with Microban®, available from Acme Brick. There are a wide variety of colors and textures for these tiles, which makes the decision to use them simple for interior designers and builders.
Change is inexorable
American media theorist and author Neil Postman, who was known for his distrust of technology, said: “Technological change is not additive; it’s eco-friendly. A new technology doesn’t just add something; it changes everything. We can add that change is also inexorable.
For residential architects, interior designers, builders and their clients, technology will always fuel the fire of design.
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