CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to EDP Norfolk today CLICK HERE

The home of the future is closer than you think

PUBLISHED: 16:35 29 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:36 29 June 2016

Photos courtesy of Control4

Photos courtesy of Control4

©2013, Control4 Corporation. All rights reserved. Control4, the Control4 logo, and the 4-ball logo, are registered trademarks or trademarks of Control4 Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other names and brands may be claimed as the property of their respective companies. Photos may not depict actual product. All specifications subject to change without notice.

Think a smart home is something from sci-fi? Businesses like Norfolk Smarthomes offer entire networks of devices for your home as well as the services to install them

Photos courtesy of Control4Photos courtesy of Control4

The clock strikes seven. A cold, grey morning light seeps its way into your bedroom. You wake, but not because of a harsh, jarring alarm clock. You wake because of the gentle increase in volume of music, and because the blinds slowly wind their way up the window.

By the time you’re in the shower, the coffee’s already on downstairs. At seven thirty, the kitchen lights glow warmly. As you wander from room to room getting ready for work, you pull out your smartphone and switch from your music to the radio to catch the morning news. The broadcaster’s voice bubbles happily from each room.

Photos courtesy of Control4Photos courtesy of Control4

As you head off for work, a single button on your phone does everything for you. Lights? Off. Television? Off. Radio? Off.

Then maybe you’re watching a movie late at night. There’s a knock on the door you don’t expect, but the screen on your phone and the camera on the outside wall tell you exactly who’s there. And as you hit the hay later on, a single button locks down the house. Lights off, doors locked, blinds down, heating down, alarm on.

Photos courtesy of Control4Photos courtesy of Control4

Once upon a time, the smart home was the realm of science fiction. A seamlessly integrated network of devices and media platforms was something that seemed best at home in Star Trek.

But as society accelerates towards the ‘Internet of Things’ at record pace, a smart home is readily available to you or me. Electronics companies can now set up entire media and control centres throughout people’s homes, allowing the homeowner to do everything from heating up water to checking security cameras from the palm of their hand.

This scenario isn’t just for the young or the tech-savvy. Imagine a person in their older years or with a disability that restricts their movement. Imagine having everything they need to control within easy reach – a universal remote for the entire home.

Everything is controlled from a single mobile app, which swiftly becomes the homeowners control centre. Music volume, switching from Netflix to Amazon Video, dimming the lights, locking the doors, is all the remit of the app on a phone or a tablet. This makes remote access nice and easy too, with users able to check on and control their homes from anywhere in the world.

A smart home doesn’t have to span the entire house, either. Smaller systems can limit the technology to a single room, giving the user plenty of flexibility to build to their needs.

Either way, the days of intricate and isolated systems are over. Your home wants to keep with the times, and as the world becomes more homogenised and boundaries blur together, it’s only fitting that your house does well.

Businesses like Norfolk Smarthomes offer individual products and entire networks of devices as well as the services to install them. For more details on making your house smarter, visit them at norfolksmarthomes.co.uk or call them on 01379 450125.

More from Homes & Gardens

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

If you’re looking for a beautiful bespoke kitchen in your home, here are some of the best Norfolk has to offer

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A converted Victorian Temperance hall in Cromer has made a spectacular family home

Read more
October 2018
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Welcome to one of the most handsome small towns in the country

Read more
September 2018
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

As we head into Autumn, the change in season is all around us. From the leaves on the trees turning burnt orange and fiery red, to dark mornings and nights bookending our days. As we put the clocks back an hour to battle the darkness, here’s some top tips on how you can keep your home warm and costs down this Autumn.

Read more
Friday, August 31, 2018

Rural energy provider, Calor, gives some top tips for homeowners wanting to make their houses cosy and warm in time for the colder months.

Read more
Monday, August 6, 2018

We take a peek inside a much-loved family holiday home in Cromer

Read more
August 2018
Monday, July 30, 2018

It is one of the most sought-after areas in Norwich - so what makes it so special?

Read more
July 2018
Monday, July 30, 2018

Tony Hall discovers an exciting new house with spectacular sea views across the wild Norfolk marshes to savour

Read more
July 2018
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Norfolk rose nursery Peter Beales is a world leader in its field and is celebrating 50 years of growing beautiful blooms

Read more
July 2018
Sunday, July 1, 2018

Residential property company heylo recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging its commitment to fair treatment and support to the Armed Forces community, including regulars, reserves, veterans and their families. The signing took place in a ceremony held at Wellington Barracks

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Like us on Facebook

Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search