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4 Must Have Items for a Futuristic Home

For the technologically discerning homeowner, there is an extensive range of innovative ways to ensure that your home is as modern as possible. With the current advancements in technology, it’s becoming easier to fit out your home with amazing gadgets that once existed purely the realm of science fiction. Here are 4 of the must have items for a truly futuristic yet functional home.

Intuitive Lighting Solutions

Lighting is one of the most influential aspects in our day to day life, and it can have a huge impact on the appearance of your home. Sophisticated and intuitive lighting solutions are one of the biggest ways to modernise your living space. With everything from motion activated lights to dimmer switches and eco bulbs, there’s a lighting solution for every style and budget.

For a truly technological edge, consider the Master Plan light switch. This innovative design features a switch which resembles your floor plans, and you can control all of the lighting in your home at the touch of a button. It also shows you which lights are currently illuminated so you can control everything from one central location.

Door Bot Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera

The Door Bot is a great design due for release in mid-2013 which allows the user to see who is at their door at any time. The Door Bot uses a camera to capture footage and audio of who is waiting, and sends it to the smartphone of the registered user. The advantage of this system is that you could be at work or away from home and still able to monitor any activity at the door. The appearance is much like a phone call, with an image of who is at the door and an answer or decline option. A great example of the use of the Door Bot is to communicate with couriers or postal workers about the delivery of packages and other items.

3D Smart TV

The hub of every futuristic home is undoubtedly the smart TV. Integrating full internet access, 3D capability and crystal clear display, smart TV’s are the defining step towards an all in one entertainment system to suit every need. Leading brands such as the smart LG 3D TV include access to over 600 applications, from live weather and social media to movie streaming and more. It can also be controlled using voice commands for a truly technological touch.

Solar Window Charger

As electricity prices continue to increase, every little bit counts when it comes to saving energy. A great idea is to make sure that everyone in the family has a solar window charger. These fantastic little devices simply attach onto any glass surface, and use solar power to charge any device with a USB cable. You can even charge it while travelling in the car or attach it at work. No matter where you go, this sleek design will charge your devices without ever touching an electrical socket.

For the latest and most functional in technological design, you can’t go past these top items. Create a truly futuristic home by incorporating them into your house and discovering all the ways in which technology not only enriches your life, but simplifies it as well. From smart TV’s to solar power, these great gadgets won’t fail to impress.

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Trends in Architecture

Architecture is an industry that is usually predicated on trends. What works for a previous year may soon be considered as old or passé for the next one. The trends are usually based on people’s preferences which are dictated by the environment and the developments of various situation all over the world.

Here are some of the trends that we are seeing for this year:

Buildings to continue going GREEN:

The world has now become much more environmentally conscious. Every country has seemed to intensify their efforts to protect the environment. This effort has even spread to the way that people build their homes and offices.

For this year, we can expect that more and more architects would try to incorporate a green design. This means that they would begin using eco-friendly materials for their buildings as well as make provisions for installing systems that could help conserve waste and make efficient use of natural resources.

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Because of this we can expect more and more architectural projects to start utilizing things such as solar panels for energy, and filtration systems for storms. We could also see designs that are more compatible with natural ventilation as well as environmental light.

Some would even go to the distance of working around the natural environment instead of the traditional bulldoze everything and build on top.

Minimalist design:

Another trend that we can foresee for the year would be the rise of minimalist designs. Previously, the trend was for people to have glamorous and grandiose designs for their buildings, everything seemed to signify large and in your face aesthetics. However, people seem to be opting more towards minimized designs this year.

We can expect to have smaller scale homes with interior designs that are more focused on very little embellishments, natural finishes, and clean lines.

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Maximizing space constraints

Related to the minimalist design, an architectural trend nowadays would be to have multi-purpose spaces instead of a 1 room 1 purpose construction. We can now see guest rooms doubling as play areas or music rooms depending on the need or the situation.

This would be further enhanced by furniture that would do double duties such as couches that can convert to beds, coffee tables that can expand to become a dining table, or beds that would have storage options.

Automated systems:

Lastly, we feel that architectural design would now begin to feature more automated systems. The trend of lowered costs for automation and increased technical capability can lead to systems such as temperature, lighting, electronics, and even security, to become controllable via an application on a mobile phone or tablet. There are even some technologies which would automate adjustments based on the habits of the users.

Of course, it would be good to note that these are just trends when it comes to a building’s architecture and interior design. The actual outputs would still be dependent on the vision of the architects who would be designing the projects as well as the clients who would be actually utilizing what they have built.

Stella Harper is an architect who plans to have a burgeoning career in designing luxury homes. She mentions that she idolizes the architectural works of Steven Heyer, and uses his works as an inspiration when it’s time to come up with her own designs for her numerous clients.

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Toilet Brush and the Bathroom

When we moved to our new apartment we didn’t bring  few things from our bathroom.  It was lucky that the people who cleaned to the new apartment room we are going to move in left the bleach, soap and sponge in the bathroom though would be lucky if they also used and left a toilet brush.

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Anyway the other day we bought brush for the toilet bowl so we can clean it thoroughly  when bleach was added. My husband had told me a joke to use my hand scrubbing the toilet bow which I think to yucky. Cleaning the toilet is unpleasant job but it is very important to keep the bathroom and toilet bowl clean and sanitary.

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New Bed

We moved here in the new apartment  almost one week ago,  my husband employer hired a moving company so we can moved easily.  We didn’t move with us our bed because it is already worn out, my husband was too heavy for it.  His director bought us  a new bed, when we moved the apartment is empty. We are expecting that new bed was already delivered before we move but unfortunately it was not.

We didn’t waste our time and we started unpacking the boxes, when we felt tired we just  used the bed covers so we can sleep in the floor.  Within about one hour someone knocked in our door and we found two guys carrying our bed to be, I thought it was just  a bedding but it turns out my husband’s director also included the bed frame as my husband’s requested. The bed frame was do it yourself, the two guys prepared the bed for us, in few minutes it was ready.

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