5 Important Tech Features for New Homes in 2023

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Home technology has become more commonplace, especially in new homes. With nearly half of all households using some kind of smart device, it’s important to consider which tech features could be the expectation in new homes in 2023.

1. Smart thermostats

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What was once a luxury is now a given. Smart thermostats have so many benefits for homeowners.

  • They can automatically adjust temperatures based on homeowner activity, providing a more seamless living experience.
  • They can allow people to adjust temperatures from thousands of miles away, which can protect them against things like frozen pipes and water damage while they’re on holiday vacations.
  • And they can help people save money by maximizing system efficiency. That often means lower energy bills and fewer breakdowns to HVAC systems.

2. Alternative energy, specifically solar and batteries

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Outdated electrical grids, rising energy prices nationwide, and emerging homeowner desire for greener energy are all converging factors. Electric-car charging stations and solar panels are becoming more common.

As a builder, it’ll be crucial to consider how integrating elements of alternative energy can affect your designs. For example, you may need to consider things like “Where can a homeowner put a charging station or off-grid generator?” as you continue creating incredible home designs.

3. Whole-house charging options

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On the smaller (but no less significant) end of the electricity equation, easy-access electronics charging ports are becoming the norm. This could mean more outlets altogether—to account for electronics charging and traditional appliance use—and more strategically placed USB ports, such as in bedrooms, home offices, and even outdoors.

4. Integrated home security systems

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From video doorbells to nursery cameras and more, homeowners expect to be able to see any part of their house at the click of a button.

While many of these elements aren’t built into new homes yet, the growing popularity of home security could affect home designs.

5. Drought-tolerant living spaces

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Some of the most popular areas for new homes are also smack in the middle of drought-stricken areas. Places like the South and Southwest are growing boomtowns that are also facing water crises.

This could mean that home builders need to consider how their homes use, conserve, and reuse water in the coming years.

For example, certain cities have been outright banning turf grasses in new-construction homes. This may require home builders to consider incorporating elements of xeriscaping in their designs.

In more extreme cases, water rights issues (especially in the Southwest) could force homeowners to vastly reduce everyday water use. Home builders may need to consider how water capture and water treatment systems (e.g., reusing rainwater or wastewater) will affect designs as well.

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