With housing affordability becoming exorbitant, energy renewability growing in importance and modern technology capabilities expected by buyers, houses of the future will push the boundaries of design whilst optimising space efficiency.
Currently, solar panels on houses are bulky, costly and often require planning permission, making their current use limited. However, in future decades, envision compulsory wafer thin solar-paneled roofing and rainwater catchment channels between the paneling. Elon Musk has epitomised this concept, creating a new solar roof made of glass that looks exactly like a normal roof whilst being stronger than standard roof tiles. (https://www.tesla.com/en_GB/solarroof). Houses of the future will optimise self-sufficient living to its finest, with biomorphic skins on the walls that change colour depending on the weather; dark for keeping the house cool in summer and clear on dull days to let more light in.
Increasing house prices and growing populations is leading to the necessary influx of innovative ways to live in smaller spaces, think modular and portable housing designs. From transforming shipping containers to building tiny houses, the idea of designing mobile houses on a small scale promotes changing relationships with our belongings and living with just the essentials in a clever, highly usable and often luxurious way.
We already know and love induction hobs: stove tops that generate heat directly through the pan base so that no energy is lost and only turning on when the correct pan is on them, making them incredibly safe. Future appliances will extend on the technologies we currently use with a focus on making life easier. Think coffee machines built into your kitchen, allowing you to customise your perfect cuppa, poured from anywhere in your home via a smartphone app.
Tech-Free Living Spaces
The extensive new technologies can also have a negative impact on society, with most of us now admitting to spending too much time online. Getting back to basics and living tech-free is a novelty to the majority of the population now, so incorporating the simple life back into our fast-paced modern world will be a focus for future homes. The ‘tech-free living room’ is gaining ground around the world, allowing you and your family to enjoy quality time together, away from ever-present smartphones and TV screens.
With the growing issue of space becoming more and more limited, house builders and designers are instead starting to look at more interesting ways to utilise spaces and rooms for multifunctional purposes. For example, garages may be designed to convert into an outdoor living room. Similarly, we will see homes focused on flexibility for the future, with new homes built with an option to be added to or extended upon at later stages if necessary.
Redecorating your home will become a touch of a button with internal walls featuring digital wallpaper that can be changed at any time for a refreshed new look. Selecting new colours, patterns or beautiful outdoor scenes and landscapes will simply be a matter of downloading them onto your smartphone device and uploading them to your chosen wall. Plus, with the endless developments in 3D technology, you’ll even be able to use the walls of your house as a multidimensional giant cinema!