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Housing trends center around creating healthy and connected living spaces while including technological advancements. By considering the trends, you’ll be living in a home that is likely to have better resale value while increasing your overall comfort.
Today’s smart homes are reaching genius status with homeowners buying apps and devices that take care of everyday tasks like opening blinds, seeing who is at the door and telling Alexa what music to play. Sensors, security cameras, and even light bulbs can be connected to a main operating system that allows them to talk to each other.
Smart thermostats are almost a requirement in today’s homes. Not only do these devices make your home more comfortable, but they also decrease your home’s energy costs. Modern thermostats go beyond setting a constant heating and cooling schedule. Today, these units are able to detect when you’re spending time at home and when you’re gone, setting your HVAC system up to run just when you need it to.
Home security cameras are a popular addition that many people want in their homes. With one, you would be able to keep an eye on your kids while discouraging break-ins and package theft. If you install one in your doorbell, you can see who is at your door even if you’re not home when they arrive.
Spiritual Gardens for the Mind and Soul
Most of us plant and cultivate gardens because they give us the space we need for quiet reflection. We feel happy when we’re able to grow things. To make yours a spiritual garden, select plants and outdoor designs that present a physical tie to your personal spirituality. The home trend began as Bible gardens, ones that feature plants mentioned in the Christian book. F. Nigel Hepper, of the Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England, said, “So many are good choices because they are hardy, scented, edible, and can withstand harsh climates and environments.”
While the garden trend started with the Christian religion, those of all faiths are starting to embrace it as well. For instance, someone of the Jewish faith could design their garden in the shape of a Jewish star. Another person who believes in the power of meditation may want to include a focal point featuring a Buddha statue or one in the image of Shiva. The plants in this type of spiritual garden could be focused more around scent combinations designed to make the person using it feel calm and relaxed.
If you need inspiration, check your local area to see if there is a peace garden that you could tour. The next time you’re walking through the grounds of a hospital or assisted care facility, notice what they decided to plant. Often, these types of places create outdoor healing spaces for their patients and family members.
Features that Help the Environment
A top home trend is to make changes or include features that help the environment. This may include adding rooftop solar panels or investing in energy efficient light bulbs. You can even update a home’s insulation to make it more environmentally-friendly. Solar panels give your home clean electricity. In fact, yours may even generate enough power that you could sell some of it back to the grid. They are a long-term investment depending on where you live, but you will eventually break even with them. Energy efficient bulbs are a smart investment because along with using less electricity, they also last longer. Insulation is one of the easiest ways to increase a home’s eco-friendliness. In addition to being affordable, insulation ensures that your home is using as little energy as it can.
Embracing Housing Trends
Advancements in technology make life more convenient while growing a spiritual garden will give you a place to connect to your mind and soul. By including features that help the environment, you’ll be leaving a healthier planet for future generations. Embrace housing trends to make life a little bit better.