Technology evolves so quickly these days. Tiny homes are becoming more luxurious and environmentally friendly. Someone just bought a home in Texas using only Bitcoin. And future homes will consist of flexible walls with three generations living under one roof. At least, that’s according to futurist Morris Miselowski.
Although baby boomers pride themselves on owning property, their children grew up through the 2008 stock market crash caused by inflated mortgage lending terms. According to Miselowski, because of this, today’s millennials find happiness in experiences, adventures, and sharing these things on social media. Since property prices will continue to increase, millennials will rent for most of their lives.
Even though they’ve been taught by their parents that one of the ultimate goals is home/land ownership, millennials love the idea of being able to break their rent contract and move across the world for a higher-paying job. The idea of freedom at a moment’s notice is more enticing to today’s young adults than tying up all of their savings in property.
Millenials who are ready to spring for a house will buy more modestly than their parents might have; it’s easier to maintain an inner-city townhouse than it is to clean a larger house and property in the suburbs. There is a reason why tiny homes like the Minim Home and Alpha Tiny Home are becoming so popular.
Imagine if all your kitchen appliances were like the Toyota Smart Oven. Your future kitchen counter will be a mini-computer. It will become an all-in-one machine that helps you keep track of groceries, measure ingredients, and even transform from a counter into an induction cooktop. The integrated kitchen will work all day in the background so you don’t have to do much to prepare dinner.
But Miselowski thinks that smart surfaces won’t only be in the kitchen. You’ll find them all around your future home, reducing the amount of work you need to do. Cutlery will self-clean, surfaces will tell you when it’s time for a deep cleaning, and robots will handle cleaning your floors and windows.
With property costs increasing, many millennials are delaying having children. When young adults do decide to have children, it’s not uncommon that they have their parents help look after the kids. Per Miselowski, homes will be designed accordingly; they’ll come equipped with an additional living space (like an in-laws suite or similar) with a separate kitchenette, and a large communal space for the whole family to get together.
Technology All the Time
With more young people working from home, future homes will be in use 24/7 in most cases. Much like the Modulos Modular Desk for today’s offices, we’ll expect our house to adapt to our changing needs through the day; flexible walls will move, allowing ceilings to rise, so we can configure our space exactly as we want it.
When you get home, the temperature will be ideal, blinds open, with dinner suggestions ready for your review. Your home will recognize everyone else walking through the door, and set up your kids’ room to their favorite settings. After everyone has entered the home, it will secure itself through smart surveillance and locking mechanisms. And if someone entering happened to be sick, your house will let you know. The Nest Secure is amazing, but I don’t expect it to tell me I have the flu just yet.
Not only will our walls be flexible, our furniture will be multi-use, functional assets to our homes. This will help keep the square footage low. Wi-Fi will be built into the walls so there’s no pesky router to take up space.
Devices will become intuitive, not just voice-enabled or integrated. Your emails and diary will inform your devices for your daily agenda. They’ll make predictions for lunch on the way or where you should meet your client for coffee.
Personalizing Future Homes
Apps like Planner 5D already allow you to use VR to see how an area looks with different furniture and wall colors. You’ll be able to use VR from home to buy new, flattering outfits and sample home goods before buying.
Homes will feature more green, open spaces. Vertical gardens, balcony gardens, community vegetable farms, and more will be prioritized. Your house will probably have similar capabilities to the Autonomous Cultivation Controller or the OGarden so you don’t have to worry about watering the plants.
Our homes will be decorated with all of the souvenirs from years of traveling. Sofas, beds, and tables may come standard with your property, rather than ordering them or picking them up from a furniture store every time you move. Rather, we’ll have more art pieces, handcrafted furnishings, and transportable items with us.