Future Home: How We’ll be Living in 10 Years’ Time / houzz

With property prices on the rise, more of us working from home, and technology permeating practically every corner of our lives, it’s a question on many people’s lips. We’ve asked futurist Morris Miselowski to tell us his predictions about where and how we’ll be living a decade from now.

How will we be living?
Attitudes towards property ownership are changing. For baby boomers (those born between 1954 and 1965) owning a property was evidence of a successful life. Their children aren’t interested in that. For today’s twenty-somethings, success is judged by how many likes you have on your social media accounts – success is about adventure and experience, not assets.

With many priced out of the property market, people will be renting long term rather than looking to buy. They’ll take the opportunity to lead a more nomadic lifestyle: they’ll travel more and be happy to pack up their lives and accept that job across the other side of the world.

The trend of downsizing and moving closer to the city will continue, particularly among baby boomers, who are living longer than ever. Expect to see an increase in compact Four- to six-storey inner-city dwellings near transport lines (convenience will be key). These homes will be in mixed-purpose builds, often above shops and cafes. There was once a real stigma attached to living in the flat above the shop, so this just proves how much our attitudes have changed in a generation or two.

In 10 years’ time, moving to an inner-city abode will be a lifestyle choice – these homes will be easier to maintain than the traditional quarter-acre block in the suburbs that previous generations valued so highly; few will want a huge, high-maintenance home.

Smart kitchens
The kitchen will see some of the biggest changes in the future home. In 10 years’ time it will be a multi-purpose space that shifts smoothly between cooking, dining and entertaining.

Benchtops will come into their own. Today, they are static objects, but in 10 years’ time the average kitchen benchtop will perform myriad functions. Touch the surface and it will transform from prep area to induction cooktop or technology station. It will perform time-saving tasks too, such as measuring ingredients and choosing the correct cooking temperatures.

The kitchen will be a fully connected space that can monitor the progress of your cooking, connect to social media to discover what your guests like to eat, and tell you whether the milk in the fridge is still fresh.

Less drudgery
There will be a focus on smart surfaces that reduce the amount of work you have to do around the home, such as self-cleaning cutlery and china as well as surfaces that tell you when it’s time for a deep clean. Cleaning of floors and windows will be done robotically.

The rise of multi-generational homes
As property and childcare costs continue to rise, the trend for multi-generational living will rise with them. Three generations living under one roof will not be unusual. Homes will be designed to accommodate this, with features such as two or more living spaces (or a separate granny flat), a separate kitchenette, and a large communal space where the family can spend time together.

Ambiguous spaces
With more of us working from home, our properties will be in use 24-7. We will expect our homes to adapt to our changing needs throughout the day. Floor plans will be flexible; walls will move and ceilings will rise, allowing us to configure the space as we want it and turning our homes from meeting spaces to chill-out zones in an instant.

Flexible furniture
With floor plans shrinking, we won’t be able to accommodate as much furniture, and what we do have will need to perform more than just one function. Multi-functional designs, such as the Ori robotic furniture system, which is a compact, adaptable unit designed for apartments containing a bookshelf, bed, table and more, will become increasingly popular.

Your home will adapt and change shape throughout the day according to its usage.

Intuitive technology
Technology will feature increasingly in our lives, and will be smarter than ever. Already we’re moving from touchable devices to voice-activated ones and, in 10 years, intuitive devices that do the thinking for us will be the norm. With access to your diary and emails, your phone already knows more about you than just about anyone else, and soon it will be able to make predictions about you based on your movements then tailor your home to suit.

You’ll walk through the door and your home will automatically create a customised environment to suit your needs, including setting the perfect temperature, opening the blinds and suggesting what to have for dinner based on what’s in the fridge. This sort of technology has already begun to enter our lives with the arrival of Google Home and apps such as Nest, which can recognise when you’re 10 minutes’ from home, then switch on the kettle and open the garage door.

Your home will also be able to distinguish between the different people entering your home and create environments to suit them too.

While the influence of technology in our lives will increase, its presence will be more seamlessly integrated. Wifi, for example, has already begun to be integrated into the walls of new builds, giving you perfect connectivity anywhere in the home.

Be your own decorator
Technology will also give you new ways to explore products and make shopping decisions. Already, apps such as Planner 5D allow you to don virtual reality glasses and walk through a space to see how it looks with different furniture set-ups and various colours on the walls.

The care factor
Our homes will be able to monitor our health and take care of us, allowing us to stay in them longer. They will remind us when to exercise, when to take our medication, how many calories we’ve consumed that day, and make suggestions for healthy meals based on what’s in the fridge.

Blurred lines
With more of us living in urban areas, we’ll see greenery integrated into our homes in increasingly creative ways, such as vertical gardens both inside and out, balcony gardens and communal vegetable gardens.

A passion for the handcrafted
Our increasingly transient lifestyle will give us greater access to different countries and cultures, but less ability to transport big pieces with us. Large pieces of furniture, such as sofas, beds and tables, will often come with the property you rent. As a result, we’ll be investing in transportable pieces, such as unique artworks and handcrafted soft furnishings that stamp our personality on the spaces we inhabit.

Tell us
How do you think we’ll be living in 10 years’ time?

reprinted from Houzz



Your tomorrow home…

future houseFood, water and shelter are three of our base needs and the question of shelter and homes and what they may evolve into was the topic for my chat this week with David Dowsett of radio ABC Wide Bay.

Our houses and home of tomorrow will definitely provide shelter, they will definitely be things that we have and cherish, but their structure, composition and contents are all likely to evolve.

On the back of a detailed research piece I recently concluded on the Future of Homes and a series of keynotes I’ve delivered to some of Australia’s premier building and home fit-out businesses, I explored the homes of tomorrow and what we may have and want in them.

The first major shift is our connection to our homes. Historically homes had more of a utilitarian purpose, built for shelter, warmth and food and up until the 1960’s it was predominantly the domain of the female as she prepared and tended to her family and the family used it much as a wayward stop to rest, refuel and come together.

Its other primary purpose in this period was for social status, the facade and street appeal being important and specialist reception / lounge rooms, often with plastic covered furniture, reserved for VIP guests and in which children were never  allowed.

Homes over the last few decades have become more about family usage, with large kitchens, open spaces, fewer walls, hotelesque bathrooms and en-suites and indoor / outdoor rooms high on people’s house wish list.

As we travel forward our connection to our homes will deepen and change.

For economic, social and cultural reasons many of us will be living in multi-generational homes. We will also increasingly be working from home or using our homes as a base to work from and when not physically there, we will be digitally connected to it, constantly able to reach inside and remotely turn on and off appliances, allow others temporary access to undertake repairs under CCTV conditions and engage with those that are there through a myriad of devices and on a myriad of objects.

Houses will become smaller in size as we move to a 20 homes per acre standard for many built up suburbs, as against the quintessential Australian dream of one (1) house on a 1/4 acre block. In this smaller spaces we will look for even more multi purpose rooms that can morph and change purpose as circumstance and needs change.

We will see less physical walls, more movable walls and objects that can act as barriers or dividers or provide multi usage purposes. Furniture will be more often be built specific to suit the rooms requirements and size and will do double or triple duty as they change guise and purpose to suit changing needs.

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In this new world of home, we will also be retuning to home delivery with milk and bread more often coming to your door and services such as Uber bringing a car to your door to transport you to where you need to go and Airtasker bringing people to your door to complete your chores and tasks that you don’t want to, or can’t complete yourself.

Envisioning your future  home or picking out furniture, fixtures and accessories will also become easier as builders,  interior designers and retailers start to use digital 3D immersive walk through’s, using devices like Google Glass and Oculus Rift allowing home owners to try before they buy.

There’s lots changing on the home front including 3D printing of homes and interiors and a completely alive digitally connected house of objects, walls and furniture, so take a listen now and then let me know what you’d like to see in your Home of the Future.