Monthly Archives: June 2016

BUILDING HIGH-TECH HOMES FOR THE FUTURE

Technology is everywhere these days. In our Fairfield County, CT office we’re using advanced software to provide more accurate estimates, we communicate and share critical building documents and information via our phones and tablets, and with our Architects we can deliver virtual, 3-D renderings to aid in the home building process.

Future Proof

Technology has become just as pervasive inside the home. We’re incorporating highly advanced technology into the new homes that we build, as well as into large renovation projects. These jobs are getting the latest automation, entertainment, and efficiency equipment. And the building materials that we’re using are state-of-the-art. It’s impressive to see how far home building has come.

Incorporating the latest advancements during construction is not only smart for meeting today’s homeowner sensibilities, but it’s also a great way to future-proof homes. Although some of the latest high-tech equipment could be considered a novelty, before long homeowners will come to expect them. Building with the future in mind can help make the home more livable as families grow, and can help maximize resale value.

Automation, or “smart home” technology, is in virtually every room of the house. Today’s innovations can help you automate your lighting, alarm, thermostat, appliances, and much more. And a central hub, and/or your smart device, can operate the entire system. Building a new home is a great time to install this type of equipment; however, a lot of smart home tech is flexible and can be retrofitted during a renovation or addition.

Entertainment and computing have gone extremely high-tech. When it comes to outfitting an advanced entertainment suite, the sky is the limit. Quality wiring can provide optimal internet speed and TV picture quality. A few examples would be prewiring the living space with dual jacks with coax and a Cat 5e cable at every coax location. For optimal picture quality and reduced interference, use tri- or quad-shield RG6 coax cables with a 77 percent high-density braid or higher.

Technology can play a major role in energy efficiency and environmental impact. The goal is to use less power, keep hot and cool air in, and use materials that are sustainable and non-polluting. To help achieve maximum efficiency, we encourage the use of the latest insulation and window technology, solar power, and the latest appliances. And we’re incorporating, when possible, materials such as low- or no-VOC products and recycled lumber. Water usage is also a consideration. Low-flow appliances and tankless water heaters use considerably less water.

Building in this era is exciting. Technology is doing so much to make our home lives more comfortable, cost effective, and entertaining. More importantly, advancements are helping to reduce the burdens and pollutants that threaten to damage our environment.