What Will Houses In The Future Look Like?
Thursday May 23rd, 2019
Innovators are constantly finding new ways for people to live and it’s no doubt that the house if the future will significantly different from the ones we know today. But just how different will it get? For one thing, many experts agree that homes in the future will be made of eco-friendly construction materials, such as the self-healing concrete that was designed in the Netherlands. The cool thing about this bio-concrete is that it uses bacteria to heal any cracks that begin to form, thereby reducing repairs and expanding the lifespan of the home’s foundation. Crazy, right? Here are some more wild things the future has in store for our homes.
Driveways with self-charging stations
Today, if you drove an electric vehicle and wanted a self-charging station in your private driveway, you’d have to get it installed or head to a public charging station. As more people swap out their gas-guzzling cars for clean, electric cars (analysts predict they’ll make up over half of new car sales by 2040), it makes sense that new homes will automatically include a self-charging station in the driveway.
Maintaining a good-looking lawn takes a lot of work. Luckily for those of us who abhor this activity, we can look forward to the robots who will keep our grass neatly trimmed and watered. The Husqvarna Automower is already a best-seller thanks to its ability to cut grass and fertilize the soil no matter the complexity of the lawn. It’s even got a built-in alarm so you never have to worry about people stealing your beloved workhorse. Blossom is another smart device in the lawn care sector. It takes care of watering your lawn by monitoring real-time weather reports to determine the best days to turn on the sprinklers.
Solar roof tiles
According to Elon Musk, the Tesla house of the future will have a solar roof. The company has already begun rolling out solar roof tiles in the roof of Californian customers. It offers four types of solar roof tiles, textured, smooth, Tuscan and slate, and they look nothing like the gridded, reflective solar panels we’ve seen before. In fact, they look just like regular roof shingles from the street level. Homeowners can customize the amount of electricity their solar roof produces to power their home (and their Tesla vehicles, of course). The coolest part is that they’re made with tempered glass that’s three times stronger than your standard roofing tiles.
With the rise of driverless vehicles, car-sharing programs, and on-demand ride-hailing apps, housing analysts are predicting that by 2030, residential garages will be less of a prominent fixture in our houses. If this is true, it would be a huge game changer in the housing industry. As it stands, more than half of single-family homes in Canada have an attached garage, not to mention that two-car garages comprise approximately 15 percent of a home’s overall square footage. If garages become irrelevant, it could open up more land for future properties, or it could mean our interior living space will grow in square footage.
It’s inevitable that the future will have more natural disasters in store, so our houses need to be built to withstand all of Mother Nature’s surprises be it hurricanes, earthquakes, or flooding. Architects have already started developing concepts for what a disaster-proof house would look like. Houses could be built on an elevated foundation to avoid rising waters. We could also see more houses being built with indestructible concrete masonry and heavy-duty hurricane shutters for windows and doors.
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