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Adoption of new technology has always been crucial to the success of architectural design and construction. Ever since the invention of the wheel, humans have been developing new and creative ways to improve their processes and their outcomes. Today, the increased accessibility and popularity of technological enhancement in our daily lives has also had a noticeable effect on the architectural and construction industry.
Here are three technological advancements that are shaping home design and construction today:
Virtual reality, or VR, is not just for art and video games any more. Architects and designers can use VR technology at every stage of the planning and building process. Using a VR headset allows anybody to view and explore a conceptual home before it is actually created. It also allows you to look more closely at specific features in order to address issues that may not be as easily visible in a 2D drawing. This lets designers, contractors and prospective homebuyers visualize the completed project in a much more efficient way.
VR technology has also become extremely popular among real estate agents and brokers for showing houses on the market. This allows the potential buyer to visit a home from their home, improving safety and efficiency of the entire buying process.
3D printing technology has made a major impact on home construction. 3D printers allow you to transform digital designs into tangible 3D objects, like scale models or texture samples. With especially large printers, it is actually possible to fabricate entire building components like walls and foundations in a fraction of the time it would take traditional construction methods. 3D printing also allows for quick fixes and upgrades. You can manufacture designs or shapes that are usually more difficult or expensive with better efficiency, consistency and reduced cost depending on the building material used.
Smart Home Features
The demand for smart home products continues to grow as technology advances and becomes more accessible. Even features that have been widely available for years, such as digital thermostats, are examples of home automation systems addressing homeowners’ everyday needs. Security systems that connect sensors to your mobile devices are common in luxury homes but become increasingly common in new construction of all kinds. You can use voice commands to accomplish a wide variety of tasks with a smart speaker or other devices. Sometimes, smart home systems will learn your preferences and habits in order to adjust to your lifestyle.
Other forms of home automation like robotic furniture are also on the rise. Transforming furniture that can change depending on the desired function can make the most out of limited space, either via voice command or the touch of a button. In addition, home furnishings that adjust or move according to the user’s preferences with minimal or no physical effort allow for increased convenience and accessibility.
There are many advantages to using the latest technology in your home. Beyond satisfying the desire for the “latest and greatest,” new technologies can reduce costs, streamline construction processes and help the environment. As demand increases, so will your number of options, ensuring you can make the best potential choice for your home.