How to Build a House With Integrated Smart Home Tech

Building your own home? How about automating it? Integrating tech into your home turns your home into a convenient and efficient home. Home automation lets you control your window blinds, lighting, security, and other elements in your home remotely. You can practically fit the automation into your schedule. The digital helpers will rise with you. They’ll talk to you as you get ready for the day, prep your breakfast, tell you when to leave for work or school, and analyze the shortest route to school or work. They’ll also keep your home secure and safe while away. Sounds futuristic. Right? The latest home technology will make automation and convenience possible.

Consider the following tips if you wish to build an automated home.

Plan and Visualize Your Automated Home

Start the process with a plan. You need to picture how your needs,  your lifestyle, and what aspects of your home you wish to automate. Visualize each room and how you wish to integrate smart home tech into the rooms. Give thought to how you’d want your house to function. Factor in your family’s changing needs. Your tech requirements and needs will change as your family grows. In the end, your needs, budget, and goals will guide your smart home decisions. Keep in mind that having many new smart tech in your house also require proper cleaning and maintenance since they gather dust quite easily.

A Trusted Smart Home Building Partner

Planning, designing, and erecting an automated home requires expertise, money, and experience. Engage a home builder to make the process easier. Homebuilders usually bring specialists into the building project. Thus, your home builder will bring a team of smart home specialists. They will enlighten you on automating your home without exerting your budget. Include your home builder early on in the project to build a functional smart home. If possible, include them in the idea stage. Your home builder might have classic suggestions you might have never considered. What’s more, smart home specialists need to work with your home builders during the planning phase. This will ease a seamless and balanced integration.

A Blank Canvas Is Better Than A finished Home

Your building team needs a blank canvas to create to design a home that meets your tech needs without compromising functionality and your budget. Remember, a smart home needs a functional and reliable infrastructure. Proper installation will ease the connectivity of your devices. Thus, starting from the ground up will ease the process. It will make it easier for the team to design and install the infrastructure in the right places. Moreover, working on a blank canvas is more cost-effective and neater than cabling and restructuring a finished home. In any case, a blank canvas gives you limitless options to automate your home.

Wired Network

Wi-Fi sucks. Reliable connectivity is a must-have for an automated home. Building materials such as steelwork or insulation can block Wi-Fi signals. Thus, consider backing your Wi-Fi with a wired network. It’s also advisable to create several Wi-Fi access points. If a wired network is not an option, consider other wireless protocols that work better than Wi-Fi. An example of such wireless protocols is the Zigbee wireless technology. Zigbee runs on a mesh network, making it a great wireless option for your automated home. The mesh network spreads across many wireless nodes. These nodes boost data transmission across a massive range, hence Zigbee offers better stability.

Smart Home Manager

You’ll need a centralized home manager (hub) to connect and ease communication between your devices. Besides, if you’ve connected your devices over a wireless network, you’ll need a centralized manager to link all your devices. You can either use a cloud or a locally connected hub. When choosing a centralized manager, factor in its ease of use and reliability. Some of the top-rated automated home hubs include Amazon Echo, Google Nest Hub, Aeotec, and Apple TV 4K. They are reliable and easy to navigate.

Final Thoughts

Don’t limit your imagination. Go all out and build yourself an over-the-top automated home. Building from the ground gives you unlimited opportunities to automate every element in your home, including the bathroom. Work with a building team that will support you all through the building process. On top of that, a flawless merge between home design and smart home devices always boils down to proper planning and working with an experienced and skilled team.

About the Author

Heidi Rosenberg
Heidi Rosenberg is an architect – and a writer for different websites. She is young and ambitious, with a degree in architecture. Her mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and create their perfect sweet home. She puts a big effort into working with her clients and tries to help them in the best way she can."