Do you want your home renovations to stay desirable long into the future? If so, you need to make sure that you redesign your home in a timeless fashion that accommodates the onset of the ‘internet of things’ and the increasing awareness of energy efficiency and sustainability. Here are 5 tips for making sure your renovations are as future-proof as possible:
Consider Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency is important now and will become even more important in the future. To make sure that your home is as energy efficient as possible, consider installing energy efficient white goods, dishwashers, fridges, lighting, air conditioning and cooking facilities as well as solar panels and effective insulation for temperature regulation.
Use Natural Materials
If you are aiming for timeless interior design, using natural materials like stone (limestone, sandstone, marble, composite or other variations), wood or marble is essential. Unlike floral wallpaper and indoor wicker furniture, natural materials don’t date. For example, when it comes to deciding on material for benchtops, we recommend that you use natural stone, marble or composite stone, as it will always look fresh. When it comes to flooring, polished wooden floors will never lose their appeal.
Focus on Sustainability
Eco-friendly homes – i.e. those that are designed to reduce carbon footprint and environmental impact – are rapidly gaining popularity. When renovating your house, choose recycled and reclaimed materials as often as possible and think of ways that you can optimise water and energy saving. One of the best decisions you can make in terms of sustainability and future-proofing is to purchase a solar energy system.
If you want your home to be ‘on trend,’ we recommend that you try to incorporate these trends in a non-permanent way, so that they can be replaced when times change. You should never base your permanent fixtures on trends, as this could hinder your home’s appeal down the track. When it comes to your permanent fixtures, we recommend that you go for timeless, natural materials and classic colour schemes (like white tile with chrome tapware for bathrooms, and neutral shades for kitchen cupboards and benchtops). Neutral colours are really important if you want tiles, cupboards, floors and walls that won’t date. Opt for neutral tones like ivory, white, stone, oatmeal and various shades of grey. As far as renovating for the future goes, try to have ‘clean & simple’ in mind.
Wired for Smart Technology
Smart technology is growing in popularity (and efficiency), especially when it comes to home renovation. Using smart technology, home dwellers can control lighting, air conditioning, surveillance systems, locks and even appliances remotely from a smartphone, tablet or voice-activated assistant. The purchase and installation of smart home gadgets can add value, accessibility and futuristic appeal to your home. Note – you may have to rewire your home to accommodate smart technology, but doing so will only increase your sale potential.
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At Homes by CMA, we specialise in timeless house and land packages in Brisbane, Australia. As builders for a wide range of single storey, double storey and custom homes, we work with a number of trusted suppliers for our fittings and inclusions.< Back to News