Why every new build should be a smart home
Take a tip from Amazon, who have invested in a prefab smart home design that could change the way we think about tech in our homes. A complete home automation system instinctively knows what to do when, with limited input from you once schedules have been set up. By getting the infrastructure and systems installed in your self build professionally, you can create a home that can be controlled from one central app with buttons that can do more than one job – turn on both the lighting and music for example.
While many standalone smart home devices may stop being supported and become obsolete in a relatively short period of time, some integrated smart home systems can last longer and adapt to your needs as they change, with ongoing support from your installer – though this will cost over time. This approach makes sense if you’re creating a family home you’re planning to live in for a long time.
Another benefit of a smart home is that it can be designed to be as energy efficient as possible. You could even consider installing solar panels or the cabling to add them later, or an electric car charging point.
What smart home tech can you add?
So what should you think about including and how much could this add to the cost of your build?
The core elements are lighting, heating and security but there are many other things in your home that can be automated, such as access to your property or smart window blinds that can regulate the temperature, and you can add entertainment systems like multiroom audio, but these extras all add to the cost.