As a big advocator of new homes, I always like to think about what’s coming in the future. Builders generally rely on new building methods and innovative design to entice buyers to purchase a new home.
Although I’m really waiting for a jetpack, so that I can take a quick flight around the neighborhood, the innovations below are still very cool. Some of them are already in use today, or are coming in the near future.
As weather becomes less predictable and more of an issue, home builders are using design techniques to combat it. The coast of the future might be dotted with dome-like structures, since they are much more impervious to tropical storms than conventionally-shaped homes. The eight large openings on the ground level of the Eye of the Storm in Sullivans Island, South Carolina, allow floods driven by a hurricane to rush through the building without affecting the upper two floors. [Source: newscientist.com]
As real estate and land become more scarce, it will be up to home builders to begin creating lot spaces, even where no land exists. Koen Olthuis founded Waterstudio, a Dutch architecture firm that specialises in structures adapted to fluctuating water levels. Waterstudio has built a number of functional floating homes in the Netherlands. [Source: newscientist.com]
As homes become more “green”, people aren’t just thinking about less energy use. Some companies are focusing on using recycled products to build the home itself. Sustainable design is nothing new, but the use of actual shipping containers is new. At any time, there are 17 million of these containers in active use, and old ones are being broken down all the time. Wouldn’t it be better to reuse these in a home? [Source: designcrave.com]
Corian may be coming back into style again if designers have anything to do with it. Unlike marble, it isn’t hard to shape Corian into interesting forms that could create an art piece in your kitchen. The concept Z Island pictured here was created by Dupont Corian and artist Zaha Hadid. [Source: cnet.com and designws.com]
Of course, technology will play a big part in the future, and the home is not exempt from the tech treatment. Recently, Microsoft showed off several new innovations in their recent “Future Home” project. They included small form factor kitchen computers that are voice activated and can recognize the food you pull out onto the kitchen counter. They also highlighted computers that appear on your dining table that interact with your phone. My favorite was the teenagers bedroom, which contained interactive wallpaper that can be changed on the fly. [Source: microsoft.com and news.bbc.co.uk]
These are only a small portion of the innovations that are in store for new homes. What new features are you looking for?
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