wired for life

Anyone building a new home should incorporate their technological needs into their initial design brief

 It’s no secret that technology has become an integral part of our lives. Being able to incorporate a vast array of life-enriching gadgetry into our homes is seen now as a major advantage of embarking on a new-build project,

APG Homes Estimating Manager, Steven Lake says more people are building homes wired for current and future technology.

This ranges from networking computers and smart TV through to hi-tech security systems, lighting control and home theatres and, most importantly, ensuring the home is compatible with the National Broadband Network.

Steven says it's important to think about how you want to use technology in your home and factor your plans into the initial design stage, because it isn't always possible to retrofit the kind of wiring and systems that are needed for "full functionality".

"If your home is not NBN compatible, you will not receive the full benefits of the technology that we know is coming," he says.

"Also, If you buy a smart TV and the home is not cabled correctly, you will miss out on the benefits of that TV."

Entertainment is still the major factor driving this technology trend. 

Steven says the most popular items are integrated home theatre systems and the ability to have music playing throughout the house at the touch of a button.

"If you're considering building in the future, it's worth researching the benefits of including technology during the planning phase of your new home," he says.

"Not only will this help make your life far more streamlined, but installing these systems into your home will future-proof your property and make it more valuable in the eyes of future buyers."