Are technology features the new norm in homes across America? Clayton Homes, www.claytonhomes.com, Maryville, Tenn., is one homebuilder that is on track to offer its customers a number of new smart-home features—although it is taking a slightly different approach than some.
Last month, the residential construction company presented its new Gen-Now Concept Home to Warren Buffet and shareholders at the annual Berkshire-Hathaway meeting. The home is technologically advanced with integrated devices and appliances. Clayton Homes says a number of these features will be available in other Clayton Homes models.
So what is inside this Gen-Now Concept Home? Think sustainability, tablets, and smart appliances, to name a few. The company says the home will have environmental and security settings that can be controlled from a tablet or smartphone.
Additionally, tablets will be able to be mounted on the wall and can be used as an information hub to control the home. Beyond home control, the house will also feature smart-appliance integration with programmable thermostats, stereo systems, automated blinds, and keyless entry.
While this is one example of a homebuilder embracing new technologies, a number of residential construction companies have identified the trend and are putting new systems in place for customers. The challenge is technologies are advancing so rapidly that homebuilders need to consider how to future-proof a home in case existing technologies continue to evolve.
For now, it seems the ‘smart home of the future’ is now here, with homebuilders such as Clayton Homes making strides to introduce new technologies to homebuyers. This is good news too, as tablets, smartphones, and smart appliances are becoming prominent features of the American lifestyle. Homebuilders that don’t consider how such technology will impact new homes might find they can’t offer customers what they have come to expect in their everyday lives.