The future has caught up with the home building industry.
Many Australians are now demanding to be less Mad Men and more The Jetsons when it comes to what their home looks like.
A recent survey conducted by the Master Builders Association of Australia outlined some interesting results when it comes to what we are looking for in our homes.
Technology and automation in the home is no longer a luxury – it’s a must have.
Four out of five respondents in Master Builders’ latest Survey of Industry Conditions reported increased interest across the spectrum of buyers.
Master Builders’ deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell said it has never been more important for builders to keep up with demand.
“People increasingly want their homes to provide comfort, security, energy efficiency and convenience, even when we’re not there,” Mr Bidwell said. “The survey showed people building new homes are most likely to request smart technology for their home lighting, in creating smart kitchens and ensuring their home security systems are top notch.
“People want a home that is unique to them, not just something off the shelf, and investing in smart technology is a great way to add that personal touch.”
It’s not just smart technology that’s becoming a must have in homes today. Other areas and lifestyle choices are determining how we design and build our homes.
Not surprisingly, survey respondents reported kitchen island benches and butler’s pantries remain in high demand, as has been evident already in this year’s Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards winning entries.
Other respondents reported space to accommodate ageing relatives, along with ensuites in all bedrooms and solar power systems and panels, were increasingly high priorities for those building.
The number of bedrooms was also a revelation.
“While four-bedroom houses make up the bulk of residential demand [36 per cent], there’s definitely still a market for three-bedroom homes [25 per cent],” Mr Bidwell said.
Builders are responding by changing the plans of homes and allowing for the fitting of technology into homes. We now demand homes that rely on technology to be even more advanced and efficient.