The design of luxury homes is in “smart” fashion.
Big screen TVs roll up vertically and hide in a cabinet. Smart toilets welcome visitors with classical music, while automatically opening the lid. Smart ovens can be controlled from anywhere in the world.
All of these examples illustrate some of the latest smart home automation innovations available for ultra-efficient and comfortable luxury living environments while reducing energy costs.
“Technology is proliferating in every aspect of our lives and in every product,” said Sun West Custom Homes owner Dan Coletti. “It’s starting to go into the simplest things.”
A luxury builder in Vegas for over 30 years, Coletti has seen technology evolve and change significantly as it advances into every room of the home.
The pandemic has further reinforced the need and desire for technology to augment remote learning, work, and healthier living environments. Circadian lighting systems and powerful air purification units that circulate and clean the air are among the advances.
As technology advances, interfaces become more user-friendly. Homeowners who once had to spend hours learning automation systems can control home functions from the palm of their hand anywhere in the world.
“In the past, customers, especially older customers, got frustrated with any type of home automation because it was difficult to use,” said Darin Marques, Founder of Darin Marques Group at Huntington and Ellis. “Now, with smartphones, everyone is used to it.”
Smart home automation is becoming a sought-after feature along with other luxury comforts, such as swimming pools, spas and theaters.
This, in turn, according to Marques, improves the perceived value of a property.
“It would be really hard to put a dollar amount on it,” Marques said. “The most important factor he adds is the ‘wow’ factor. If you can get someone into a house and with the flick of a switch, turn on the lights, the music, open the sliding doors, and turn on the fireplaces, that creates excitement.
Real Estate Millions has found several smart homes featuring the latest innovations in building technology and home automation. These include the New American Home, the Henderson LIVV Homes development and the Blue Heron Homes.
new american home
One of the prime examples illustrating technology trends in the housing industry is The New American Home, which will be featured at the National Association of Home Builders’ International Home Builders Show when it returns to Vegas in 2023 after a two-day run. years in Orlando, Florida.
Las Vegas contractor and architect Michael Gardner, director of Henderson-based studio g Architecture and Luxus Design Build, is building the two-story, 7,575 square foot NAH in Ascaya, a luxury community in Henderson. He said the aim of the house is to incorporate the latest technologies and showcase new advancements.
The four-bedroom, three-bathroom property features a fully integrated Crestron system. Controlling all home features through a Crestron Home app, the system provides control through multiple inputs, including smart device, mounted panels, and designated remote.
Gardner is in talks with South Korea-based LG, a global manufacturer that produces a wide range of home appliances and electronics, to install a major television innovation.
“LG came out with a rollable TV,” Gardner said. “It rolls up vertically and you can slip it under a bed or into furniture. It’s a cool innovation, especially for Vegas. You can swing a TV back and forth to maximize the view of the Strip.
The LG TV is expected to release this year with a price tag of $100,000.
Technological advancements in construction methods are leading to higher levels of energy efficiency. The standard Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rating for residential construction is 100. Integrating technology in tandem with improved construction methods, Sun West topped the HERS rating for the 2019 NAH and 2020.
“We hit 45 on a house with tons of glass,” said Coletti, whose company designed and built the houses. “We are always twice as efficient as the code requires.”
The 2020 NAH introduced smart appliances into the kitchen using a variable gas cooktop that automatically monitors the flame and a Wi-Fi enabled smart oven.
“It was the first oven to have Wi-Fi connection capability,” Coletti said. “You can operate it using a phone from anywhere in the world.”
Marketed as “Custom Living Powered by Artificial Intelligence,” LIVV Homes plans to break ground in March on NEO, a hillside community in Henderson with 84 semi-custom residential sites. Later this year, Magnus with 93 residential sites is expected to break new ground in southwest Las Vegas.
“There is no home on the market that incorporates AI deep learning and these types of algorithms,” said Steve Escalante, executive vice president of business development at LIVV Homes. “These will be the first truly AI-powered homes.”
Escalante describes its cutting-edge luxury design as “A house with brains”.
“It’s very unique and it’s never been done before,” Escalante said. “We are very lucky to be a technology company and we are also in real estate. We have found a way to bridge this gap.
Sensors built into the main functions of the home monitor transmit information to a central “brain” which creates algorithms based on lifestyle. These algorithms gain knowledge the longer the owner lives in the house.
“What that means is how the house is going to behave when you’re in it, how it’s going to behave when you’re not there,” Escalante added. “The more you live in your house, the more the house will know how you live and it will react. It’s something you would see in “Star Wars” or “Star Trek”. ”
The integrated system is controlled by the user-friendly LIVV app via smart device or voice activation.
LIVV accommodations are scalable. Therefore, as technology continues to evolve, the home remains relevant. Even now, according to Escalante, LIVV teams are developing the next versions of the software.
In partnership with the Department of Energy Net Zero program, LIVV homes are designed to achieve maximum performance and energy efficiency. Enhancing the energy-conscious and technology-driven lifestyle of its target owners, LIVV has worked with Tesla to offer each of its owners a new Tesla Model 3 four-door sedan.
“We’re creating this whole lifestyle,” Escalante said. “You buy from a LIVV community, you don’t have a car or electricity bill. It’s better for the environment.”
Blue Heron showcase house
Blue Heron applies technology in its custom luxury homes as an integral part of the overall design.
“We don’t view technology as an add-on gimmick,” said John Tuvell, business advisor in Blue Heron’s elite division. “It becomes an integral part of the experience of our architecture.”
Tuvell noted that 90% of Blue Heron customers want home automation systems, controlling all home functions. Additionally, they want an integrated infrastructure to easily upgrade technology as it evolves.
“Home automation is becoming a necessary part of modern life,” Tuvell said. “While it was once considered ‘fun to have’, it’s now the key to a more efficient and healthier life.”
Blue Heron’s Obsidian model presents a great example of technology integrated into the overall design.
“All Zenith living spaces take advantage of home automation features,” Tuvell said. “The system uses sensors placed throughout the home to accurately measure the temperature in each main living space.
“In addition to the ability to change system settings from anywhere via a personal device, or throughout the home via touchscreens,” Tuvell continued. “The system adapts to your lifestyle and automatically adjusts settings for maximum comfort and efficiency.”
The company’s show home, Vegas Modern 001, in the exclusive double-gate Dragon Reserve in MacDonald Highlands, features an innovative custom home design using the latest technology. The 15,000 square foot estate sold for a record $25 million last year. Highlights include integrated touch screens in the galley, a digital den, retractable vanity mirrors and a revolutionary energy management system.
“The technology in our show home is state of the art,” Tuvell said. “But it’s pretty underrated. You don’t see a bunch of panels, switches, sliders and knobs. »
Lighting systems, according to Tuvell, have made significant progress. The VM001 system features an advanced circadian lighting system. It can reproduce full-spectrum sunlight that adjusts throughout the day.
“We’re talking about changing the hue of the light to match what’s happening in Mother Nature,” Tuvell said of the dynamically adjustable smart lighting system. “We are tied to human circadian rhythms. It’s subtle, but it makes a difference. »
Security is another area that is evolving thanks to artificial intelligence. Demonstrations on the VM001 site showcase the sensitive system that tracks objects on the screen using a green box.
“It can make a difference if a pet or an unwanted visitor is wandering around the property,” Tuvell said. “It can also analyze things like a swaying tree branch and not set off an alarm.”
The Ridges Mansion
Technology plays a huge role in Alice Chen and Graeme Laronge’s 10,000 square foot home at The Ridges.
“We live in a world of technology that rules the future,” said Alice Chen. “Therefore, creating a space to work from home was essential.”
A unique high-tech feature of the home is the master suite and basement powder rooms. There, three smart Japanese singing toilets automatically lift the lid for guests when they enter the room and play quiet music. The toilets are equipped with heated seats, night lights, an automatic flushing system and self-cleaning functions.