Yesterday’s luxury is commonplace today. For instance, what was once reserved for the elite, rapid home delivery of home goods, or black car service has now been made available for the common urbanite.
Some real estate amenities are eternal — a sweeping view of a golf course, for instance, or a cozy fireplace. Others, though, might prove unexpectedly faddish: What seems like a must-have today could vanish in the developments of tomorrow.
Technology is not only changing the way we access the world, but is expected to change the way we build, utilize and live in our homes, and luxury homes are no exception.
Once home theaters were thought to be only for the affluent, however, it’s no longer enough to install a supersize screen and digital projector with recliner seats, any home owner can turn a room into a home theater, but now luxury homes have the ability to offer their own personal IMAX Theater. Even 20 years down the road luxury home owner will have the ability to have television screens that roll up, levitating speakers and voice command audio systems.
Where might high-end customization of luxury homes lead? Imagine whole walls covered in electronic paper whose colors and patterns could change in a moment, furniture that could rearrange or transform itself at a voice command from dining room to den to ballroom in the same space.
Jessica Banks, a high-end furniture maker that founded Rock Paper Robot, uses principles of physics to make furniture that appear to do the impossible (her signature piece is a levitating table). She says, “Versatility, customization and modularity: that’s what I think the future is about. And I’m banking on it.” Right now, that consists of making a chandelier that can spread light out or focus it in based on the mood it senses in a room.
Innovations in technology at their core are designed to make our lives easier and more efficient—saving us valuable time. Another important focus on luxury homes of the future will be health and wellness.
Many luxury estate home owners are bringing on a staff house healer. These New Age handymen walk around homes with dowsing rods to detect any on-site energy problems. Once the building’s psychic ailments are diagnosed, the healer will treat them with crystals, flowers or perhaps some sage-burning. For example, the concrete used at a recent new construction home during the groundbreaking was mixed with energy-positive crystals to give the building both literal and spiritual foundations.
It is likely that we will start to see things like, floors with built-in reflexology by way of special heated stones to relieve stress or hardwood flooring built with cork underneath to cushion impact on the body and also muffle sound. And imagine shower heads with Vitamin C inserts to neutralize chlorine and other harmful chemicals or advanced indoor lighting, including daytime-sensitive automation to promote better sleep and more alert mornings.
This is just the beginning, saunas that have infrared heat that mimics the sun to ease joint pain while speeding oxygen flow around the body or a gym that is decorated with pixilated birch-forest walls, while a spattering of wooden stools ground the electromagnetic fields produced by the whirring machines and a rooftop meditation nook built with electromagnetic frequency-blocking insulation.
Yes, this is what the future holds.
No longer will the master suite be the trophy asset of your home. You no longer want to walk unceremoniously into a master bedroom and see the bed — creating privacy is more important than ever.
The elaborate showcase kitchens are another amenity on the endangered list in high-end homes. In part, it’s because delivery services such as Blue Apron or Amazon Prime Now will minimize the need to store anything but the bare minimum at home, coupled with such new amenities as centralized cooking and catering within a development.
The luxury home of the future will likely have an “appliance garage,” which will replace the open-plan showcase kitchen. An “appliance garage” is a place to put your espresso maker, juicer, and anything that might clutter the countertop or cause smells, a bit like a mini version of the chef’s kitchen.
Security will likely be more important than ever, stepping up to almost military grade tactics. Set-ups like facial-, voice- and behavioral-recognition technology into an un-hackable and secure keyless-entry system.
And lastly larger dedicated play spaces for children to grow learn and play. Designers and architects are incorporating knock-their-socks-off kids’ amenities to lure in buyers. It’s no holds bar for these kid zones, anything from designs made to mimic an African safari, complete with an enormous treehouse to large playrooms equipped with low toilets to help with potty training.