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There’s no denying that technology is advancing at lightning speed. As it does, items like our phones, cars and TVs are smarter with the purpose of making our lives easier. So, it only makes sense that we should do the same for our homes. Loading up your home with smart technology is an easy way to make day-to-day life run smoother. 

When planning and designing your custom home, it’s a great idea to factor in smart technology. This way you’ll not only build your dream home, but you’ll ensure it comes with all the bells and high-tech whistles you could hope for to future-proof it for the years to come. Here’s how to make your custom home a smarter home.

Connect your lighting to smart tech

By connecting your home lights to smart technology, you can switch on or off your lights directly via an app on your phone. Realised you forgot to switch off the bathroom light this morning, but now you’re in the office? No problem. Simply switch off the light from the app. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, so long as you have an internet connection. 

The ability to remotely control your lights will likely cut costs from your energy bill. Through an app you can even schedule your lights to turn on automatically, which comes in handy if you’re planning on going on holiday and want your home to appear occupied. 

Make your home security smarter

If your goal is to ensure your home is secure day and night, installing a smart doorbell is a great first step. A smart doorbell includes a camera that sends a live feed through an app, so you can be notified when someone is at your door. You can even answer the door remotely and talk through the intercom – a bonus for accepting deliveries when you’re not home.

Other smart security features include controlled entry to your garage via an app, keyless house entry or even limited-time smart keys for when you have overseas visitors or even a pet sitter who needs temporary access to your home. 

Kit out your kitchen

 The kitchen is often the heart of the home, but now it can be the brain too. From smart ovens that send alerts to your phone when the timer is up, to fridges with intuitive temperature control, there are countless smart appliances you can include in your kitchen to make cleaning, prepping and cooking a breeze.  

Imagine your coffee machine syncing to your morning alarm, so you can wake up to the aroma of a freshly made cuppa. Or enjoying a perfectly reheated meal because your smart inverter microwave has the capability of targeting the individual parts of your meal that need defrosting and heating up. These moments are made possible thanks to smart tech.

Have more control over entertainment

Make your custom home into the party pad of your dreams with entertainment smart tech such as Smart TVs, voice-activated smart assistants and integrated technology. A simple, “Hey Google/Siri/Alexa, turn on party music playlist,” will transform your living room into a dance floor in no time. To increase volume, pause, play or skip music – you need only ask.

By integrating technology like Google Chromecast or Apple TV with your Smart TV, you can easily link your phone or computer for remote streaming. Get your travel photos from your phone up on the big screen for a family slideshow, watch your favourite YouTube videos, or cast a tab from Chrome directly onto your TV from your phone.  

Set up smart scenes

You can set up smart scenes via your smart home app. A smart scene is when you’ve grouped together multiple smart devices so that you can control them all at once with one instruction. For example, one instruction could be “Leave Home”, which at the press of a button turns off all your lamps, lowers the heating, locks the doors and turns off your TV.

Smart scenes are an excellent way to control and manage energy consumption from electronics and appliances. Phantom power is eliminated and overall energy usage is reduced. Not only will this cut costs from your energy bill, but you’ll also achieve a more sustainable lifestyle by avoiding excessive energy usage.

 At Roda Developments, our focus is on crafting forever homes and investment properties that stand the test of time. Ready to get started on your custom home build journey? Contact our friendly team today to get started with Roda.

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