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How to Build a Home with Futuristic Flair

By Yianna Sakabetis

The future of Australian living has landed. Here, we reveal some of the latest products to add to your wish list, from super smart toilets to energy-efficient solar panels.

Home batteries

According to Tesla mastermind Elon Musk, home batteries have the potential to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy. The change is already taking shape in Australian homes, with Tesla Powerwall having rapidly gained momentum since hitting our shores in 2016.

Now offered in packages with solar panels through Bradford Energy, the technology enables households to live largely off the grid and significantly decrease their future energy bills by using stored electricity from solar panels when the sun isn’t shining.

Smart toilets

No longer restricted to fancy hotels and Japanese washrooms, smart toilets are making their way to a bathroom near you.

The Roca In-Wash® Inspira Smart Toilet, available exclusively at Reece, brings the latest technology to your toilet, turning it into the place where comfort and hygiene come together.

Rediscover the feeling of cleaning yourself with water, there is nothing as natural. The future of toilets is here, and it’s smart.

Bluetooth-enabled light switches

Clapping to turn the lights off was the smoothest move imaginable in films during the ’70s and ’80s. While The Clapper failed to take off beyond the big screen, Bluetooth-enabled light switches are emerging as a more reliable technology.

Switches and dimmers in the Clipsal Iconic range can be controlled via an app, enabling you to control outdoor lights or dim internal lights without getting out of bed.

The range also offers a Night Walk sensor light – an LED light integrated into power points that will light the way if you get up at night.

High-tech ovens

If you’ve ever burnt yourself reaching for the roast, or spent your Saturday morning scrubbing baked-on grease off your oven walls, you’ll appreciate some of the latest features to be found in Technikaappliances.

We’re talking triple-glazed doors that keep the heat in so your food cooks quickly and evenly; super strong shelves that can withstand even the heaviest cookware; and self-cleaning functions that turn food residue into ash so it can be easily wiped away without scrubbing or chemicals. Bye, bye Mr Muscle!

Climate control

If you aren’t sweating or shivering, switching on the air conditioner is an expensive indulgence in homes with old power-guzzling models.

Conversely, the latest air conditioning technology has made climate-controlled living a more affordable luxury.

The Lifestyle range of wall mounted reverse cycle air conditioning units are Fujitsu General’s most efficient. Including energy management features such as Human Sensor Control, inverters that regulate power usage to maintain an even temperature, economy mode and weekly timers, Lifestyle models make indoor comfort easy and cost-effective.

The Fujitsu General ducted air conditioning system provides a whole home comfort solution.  Using a single system that is concealed in the ceiling, it’s quiet, easy to operate, and is an energy efficient solution to heat or cool multiple rooms, or the entire home, using the optional zone controller.

Advanced roofing

Largely out of sight, surprisingly roofs tend to also be out of mind even though they make up 30% of your home’s external façade.

However, a range of innovative new roofing solutions by Monier are making us sit up and pay attention.

Monier’s range of flat-profile tiles are modern and come in a range of colours and includes their latest coating technology CLOC™, which is independently tested to perform eight times better that standard metal, meaning your house looks better for longer.

There’s also integrated SOLARtile™ and InlineSOLAR™, which are the latest innovations in solar roofing and give you a seamless and integrated alternative to the standard solar panels that sit above the roof line.

Noise-buffers

Peace and quiet can prevail at home – even after the kids return home from school. Denser walls effectively isolate noisy rooms, whether it’s drum practice in the garage, an action movie in the home theatre, or the washing machine doing overtime.

Gyprock Soundchek™ plasterboard has a denser core which dramatically reduces sound transmission between walls and ceilings to help make your home a more peaceful place. Together with a well-designed floor plan, Gyprock Soundchek™ ensures that bedrooms and study spaces are not exposed to noise from other living areas.

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