4 of the Coolest, Newest Products in Home Technology

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 01 Feb, 2016
At the recent 2016 NAHB International Builders’ Show (held Jan. 19-21 in Las Vegas), virtual and augmented reality reigned, according to Digital Trends. “The home improvement space is a fantastic place for AR and VR to take off,” said Beck Besecker, the CEO of Marxent Labs, a company building VR applications. While they build them […] The post 4 of the Coolest, Newest Products in Home Technology appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
Woman using virtual reality headset at SXSW

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At the recent 2016 NAHB International Builders’ Show (held Jan. 19-21 in Las Vegas), virtual and augmented realityreigned, according to Digital Trends .
“The home improvement space is a fantastic place for AR and VR to take off,” said Beck Besecker, the CEO of Marxent Labs, a company building VR applications. While they build them for any industry it’s apparently builders dominating their sales.
When you think about it – as pointed out in the article – “You would never buy a $50,000 car without a test drive, yet when it comes to remodeling, people do it all the time.”
When building or remodeling a home, you can make all kinds of choices in materials, but you never actually know what it looks like until it’s finished.
Here’s the difference between the two technologies: Augmented reality blends virtual reality and real life where can people interact with virtual contents in real life, and can distinguish between the two. Virtual reality is a completely virtual world, which requires the use of headsets such as the Oculus Rift.
With either technology customers can see a project from all angles or see how a paint color or a piece of furniture or an appliance will look and fit in the room. Home builders can even use the technology with existing model homes by allowing customers to tour the home from their home via an app and a VR headset.
Audio and video analyticsare a top home technology for 2016, according to CE Pro magazine . They believe this year we will see a decrease in the need for dedicated sensors monitoring such factors as temperature, motion, smoke and fire. Instead much of the monitoring will switch to audio and video such as mics that pick up the sounds of leaking pipes or gun shots, or cameras that use face recognition or monitor temperature via thermal imaging. It’s also predicted much of these analytics will be useful in determining the state of its residents including if a senior is showing signs of dementia.
Another technology CE Pro sees growing and expanding is home door technology. With such trends as homeowners renting their places via AirBNB as well as just wanting to keep their home secure the need for features directly on the door has increased. Some of the technologies include automated door locks, cameras, smart door bells, motorized shades and facial recognition — all integrated directly into the doors.
Inc. recently published a list of game changing inventions , and while few of them were home related, one is sure to change how our homes operate: Li-Fi. It’s a wireless optical technology which use LEDs for data transmission. Li-Fi is intended to be used with the LED light bulbs already used throughout businesses and homes. Now every light bulb can become a wireless hotspot! The technology comes thanks to a German physicist who first introduced it in 2011. It’s 100 times faster than standard Wi-Fi — Inc. says it can download 18 movies in one second!
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Some of these considerations may not be in the forefront of your mind, but there is a long list of aspects you need to consider when building a new home. These should help to get you started thinking about some of the most important pieces of the home building process.
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This home is being built with our client’s specific wants and needs in mind. The homeowner
requested a single family home with a modern contemporary house design. Previously, he lived
in a townhome and desired a more private, spacious residence. A main floor living with a large
space to entertain and big volume ceilings were a must on the client’s list.

The client decided building as opposed to finding a pre-existing home was a better solution for
him because he wants something specific to his needs. He already had the perfect location in
mind and it was time for him to own his dream home.

The area is ideal for this client because it allows him to live in close proximity to his hobbies and
interests and it also allows him the ability to walk to nearby restaurants or bike to the
surrounding shops. This homeowner will be close to everything. He truly loves the location!
The design concept picked is pictured below. In sticking with a contemporary influence, the
design has clean, simple lines that will result in an extraordinary modern home. We combined
elements of residential and commercial materials and design to bring our client’s unique requests to life.
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You decide that you are ready to build a custom home for you and your family. Now it is time to figure out how to finance your dreams!

Let’s start with the basics. As with any loan process, do your research. Talk to several mortgage companies that specialize or have a strong understanding/history of working with construction loans. Ask questions and voice your concerns. Companies of course want your business, but they also want to make sure they are a good fit for you and what you are wanting to accomplish. Reviews and referrals are strongly regarded these days. They want to make sure you have the best experience possible.

There are several main differences between a construction loan and a regular existing home loan. An individual construction loan may require a longer credit history  or a higher credit score as well as more money down and along the way. It is more of a process, but it is most certainly worth it. With the right builder, the more involved process becomes a piece of cake; but, that is an article for another time.

Home loans can have a 30 year term whereas a construction loan typically has a max of 1 year. “The rates on this type of loan are higher than rates on permanent mortgage loans. To gain approval, the lender will need to see a construction timetable, detailed plans and a realistic budget, sometimes called the “story” behind the loan,” as reported by  bankrate . While your home is being built, it is typical to make interest-only payments. 

If you are thinking, “I don’t have enough money to pay off a newly built home in 1 year!” Don’t panic.

A popular option is the construction-to- permanent financing sometimes called “one-time close,” a “single close,” or an "all-in-one" loan. Upon completion of construction, the remaining loan balance is converted into a permanent mortgage with terms up to 30 years. Like most loans, “the rate and other terms of the permanent mortgage are set up-front when the entire loan package is closed” according to the  National Association of Home Builders .  Construction/permanent loans are offered by many different lenders, including banks and mortgage companies and are a great option for those of us wanting to finance their home purchase over an extended period of time.

Another option is a stand-alone construction loan. This type of loan can be beneficial if you currently own your home and want a smaller down payment option.   Read more about stand alone construction loans.

There are many different loan options. What makes sense for one person doesn’t make sense for everyone. Make sure you find the right product for you and your particular project. If you want to talk over some options, contact us! We would love to hear your ideas and figure out how we can build your dream home.

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