In preparation for the coming year, now is the perfect time to update your home’s architecture and add in some new improvements to bring everything up to date. There are plenty of options you can incorporate, some that are more of an in-depth endeavor and some that are really quite simple that can be completed in a day or two. Check out our suggestions below and get ready to get with the times!
- Concealed Technology: All the newest homes are being integrated with hidden technology to make life easier, from places all over the home including the kitchen, living room, bedroom, and even bathroom. For example, new Smart Kitchens provide remote control of all kitchen appliances including being able to preheat the oven on the way home from work, start the dishwasher from the couch, and lots of other conveniences from any mobile device. On top of that, USB charging ports are being added nearly everywhere you look from the bathroom vanity, to the side of the recliner. What a time to be alive!
- Dog Showers: Yep, we said dog showers. Dog people are taking over and demanding better for their furry family members! These days, dog showers are being commonplace like an additional upstairs laundry room or a formal powder room. They can be found in a laundry room, mud room, or in the garage. Adding a separate area to wash your dog not only manages potential chaos during inclement weather, but can be used to wash outdoor gear for future homeowners who may not have a dog. It’s a win for everyone.
- Detached Home Office: If you work remotely from home, you know it can be a challenge to separate your work and home life from each other unless you have a separate space to do your work. But sometimes the couch just looks so inviting… Either way, detached home offices have become a new trend in architecture and for good reason. “Leaving the house” to go to work with the shortest commute ever (just into the back yard) can really help you to balance your work and life, and can also be used as an alternative living space for guests outside the work week. Turning your traditional backyard shed into a 10’ x 12’ work space is simple by adding insulation, a window for some natural light, a built-in desk, and of course internet. Heating and cooling units are a must-have as well, and sometimes even some sound-proofing depending on where your home is located to drown out traffic sounds, etc.