Recent advances in ‘smart home” technology impact building trends. Innovative builders are incorporating comfort and convenience, all with just the touch of an app.

Say Goodbye To The Home Office. Although more and more people are telecommuting and working virtually, the space consuming home office is becoming a thing of the past. Gone are the days of bulky space grabbing PC towers and big electronic components. Cloud storage has eliminated the need for space for shelves and filing cabinets. The abundance and ready availability of mobile technology eliminate the need for large, separate home offices.

Today’s smart homes feature pocket offices or small areas specially designed to accommodate a laptop and mobile device charging station. Many kitchen designs incorporate a workspace with a wall-mounted touchpad to control household activity from drawing a bath to scheduling dishwasher and laundry appliance operations for off-peak times when low electricity rates apply.

Glorious Kitchens And Grand Baths

Home buyers demand grand, distinctive spaces with a heightened interest in master bathrooms fitted with jumbo showers with body sprays, rain heads, steam cabinets and touchscreen technology to control lighting, music, water pressure as well as room and water temperature.

Kitchens that celebrate eye-catching islands with digitally controlled cooktops, app-controlled appliances, built-in beverage centers and other smart home technology elements that showcase the kitchen’s role as family gathering place are an integral element in today’s home designs.

Elegant Electronic Wine Rooms

Once found only in the catacombs of the dwellings of the very rich, in-home, digitally controlled wine rooms gain popularity in new construction plans. Often tucked under a grand stairway or as a retreat off the main dining room, these private “man caves” are digitally equipped with state-of-the-art sound systems, alarm systems, entertainment centers, soundproofing, ventilation systems that by-pass the main house system, and humidity, moisture and temperature storage for vintage wines, liquors and fine cigars.

Owners can relax and savor a cigar without offending others in the household or draw guests an icy cold brew or hot beverage from built-in keg taps or beverage brewers.

Built-in wine rooms or owner retreats, replace the home office or den as a place of solitude to escape the flurry of household activity and the demands of the outside world.

Home Entertainment Theaters Or Media Rooms

Space once used for the “family room” or den in older construction has a new purpose as defined by today’s building trends. The home entertainment theater, also known as the media room, provides a designated space for creating a true cinematic experience complete with drop-from-the-ceiling viewing screens, the finest in surround sound, mood lighting, and room temperature controlled with just a flick of a switch on your favorite mobile device.

Home Gyms

The growing trend in physical fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle has given rise to the popularity of incorporating a home gym or physical fitness room into building design plans. In upscale designs, this area is often designed as a complete “mini-suite” equipped with a full bath, sauna, steam room and hot tub or physical therapy tub with all room functions controlled by an app activated by your smartphone.

Design features may include an infinity lap pool, digital scales, and cardiovascular monitoring with a recording feature to keep track of your physical fitness goals and progress. If you include different types of exercise equipment such as a tread climber, elliptical machine, exercise bike or stair master with digital controls, smart home technology allows you to synchronize and record the time spent daily on each activity as well as the number of calories burned in total.

Many smart homes include intercom and visually invisible camera interaction between rooms. Now you can get a full workout while monitoring that the baby is sleeping soundly, and the rest of the household is running smoothly.


With a smart home, you are only limited by your imagination. If there is a function in your home that operates electronically, your electrician or technology consultant, working with your builder, can incorporate it into your smart home design.

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