When it comes to furnishing your London home, it’s no longer just about having a comfortable sofa or designer table. Advanced home technology and gadgets are becoming increasingly popular, making our lives easier and taking property interiors to a whole new level.
We are already seeing a lot of UK property developers incorporating the latest home technology into their apartments, with prime developments such as 375 Kensington High Street in London’s Zone 1, offering state-of-the-art home integration systems, letting you control everything electronically from one hub.
When you’re buying a property in London, you’re buying into a lifestyle, and developers are recognising this. Even central heating is seeing a technology leap where your heating systems let you control the thermostat from a smartphone app, meaning you can alter the room temperature and when the heating turns on and off from anywhere, at any time of the day. British Gas is currently offering their ‘Hive’ technology for under £200 and there are other providers in the market offering similar gadgets.
Other developers are making sure their apartments keep up to date by introducing underfloor heating in kitchens and bathrooms, making them more in demand as luxurious home comforts continue to top the wish-list of corporate tenants. Hi-tech appliances by Miele and Villeroy & Boch are now appearing as standard in upmarket new homes. With such sleekly designed integrated kitchens and contemporary bathrooms offering high appeal, they also provide a wonderful quality of life for London’s growing rental population which is expected to grow by one million in the next five years.
Some new build apartments have electronic blinds so you can control the light you let in to your apartment from the comfort of your own bed and it’s not uncommon to see espresso makers as a standard kitchen gadget. Waste disposal systems are often thought as standard by American tenants but not all UK developers have made that progression yet. It’s convinient to have sound systems that incorporate Bluetooth technology or Wi-Fi, removing all those messy wires and cables, turing your property from clutter jungle to sleek and tidy.
It’s not just property interiors that are seeing the benefits of innovative technology. Rental apartments at the Neo Bankside development in Southbank SE1 feature an unusual winter garden which is a temperate semi-external environment integrated with the reception space. Over in the City EC2, The Heron building features a complete eco-friendly design while The Landmark development – which takes in breath-taking views over the Thames and Canary Wharf – is another scheme that incorporates comfort cooling in all its apartments. Most developers are now seeing the importance of giving homeowners and tenants more control over their environment and having the latest technology in your properties not only gives you a competitive edge when seeking a quality tenant, it can also add considerable value to your property too.
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