Everything you need to know about hybrid living and connected houses

Hybrid lifestyles have become a defining feature of living since the start of the pandemic. Thanks to the impact of lockdowns etc we now see our homes very differently and priorities have changed. Smart homes are also much more in demand today – one recent survey found that two-thirds of UK residents now want a digitally connected property that is capable of helping improve their lifestyle and save time and effort in the process. Given the focus on hybrid living and connected houses, what do you need to know about this innovation going forward?

Hybrid living spaces are the main objective now

Traditional models of working and living have been overturned by the pandemic, as businesses have been challenged to find new ways to establish continuity without a workforce on-site. This has created a whole new world where there is real potential for hybrid living, with a blending of the spaces where we live, work and play. It has meant a big perspective shift for consumers too. The demand is now for homes and spaces that are smarter, more energy-efficient and built around the priorities of the occupants, as opposed to the ideas of the developer. Mixed-used development is a great example of this, as it is one environment where there is a clear balance between work and play. Many mixed-use build-to-rent developments are now being created with hybrid living in mind, combining functionality with comfort and homeliness and including features such as work-from-home lounges, roof terraces with sun loungers and even on-site work-from-home caravans with connected appliances and seamless setup.

Consumers want to enhance their lives today through connected technology

From appliances to the IoT there are many different factors to consider when it comes to connected houses. Firms like Samsung are leading the way in terms of introducing increasing volumes of technology to make homes more connected. One project has involved 3,000 apartments, all kitted out with the latest in smart home tech. The site is due to expand to more than 8,000+ properties shortly, making it one of the biggest in the country. Some of the examples of tech that makes connected houses work include:

  • Fridge freezers with built-in cameras that allow a user to see everything that is in their fridge and track food freshness
  • Appliances that play music or allow web access from their panels
  • Connected ovens and dishwashers
  • Smart washer dryers

The idea of buildings that don’t just provide shelter but also support lifestyles is still relatively new but there is already significant demand from consumers looking to invest in equipment, appliances and networks that will enhance their lives.

Connected technology is designed to make life easier, whether that is using the data from your fridge to inform a more effective weekly shop or being able to switch your washing machine on from the car. Combined with hybrid living it is defining a new way forward for us all.

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