Smart houses put home management at fingertips – The Tennessean
Many people already manage everything from their businesses and bank accounts to their social lives with their smart phones, and now home builders are offering the ability to manage new houses the same way.
Theyâre betting that many customers will embrace the idea of never having to rush home to turn on the lights or even get up off the couch to reset the thermostat.
All it takes is a touch of the screen.
âThese are things that make the home smarter,â said Christina James, sales and marketing manager for Lennar, one of the largest builders in Williamson County and other Middle Tennessee communities.
The company is offering its smart home technology in Spring Hillâs Abbingdon Downs subdivision, with features including lighting controlled by an app on your phone and digital thermostats, she said.
The companyâs Abbingdon Downs welcome center is located at 1001 Keeneland Drive in Spring Hill.
Lennar also offers smart homes in Murfreesboro and plans to offer the technology in a new subdivision being launched in Nashville, James said.
Lennar customers can choose technology that lets them unlock the front door with a touch of the screen, eliminating the need to rush home to let in a child without a key or a service person.
Other home builders offer smart technologies of their own. Goodall Homes, which builds in Franklinâs Waters Edge and Rizer Point subdivisions and in Nolensvilleâs Bent Creek neighborhood, offers the ability to control lighting, thermostats and music from a digital device. Buyers can also choose video surveillance of their property.
âYou can program the thermostat anywhere from your phone or tablet,â said Regent executive Erik Jones.
âAnywhereâ could mean miles away, or it could mean sitting on your couch, said Regent President David McGowan.
âIf your home is zoned (with separate heating and cooling systems), you can sit in your living room and control the thermostat in another part of the house with your smart phone. Or you can shut off the airflow in part of the house with electronically zoned vents,â he said.
The company builds single-family homes, condos and townhomes in Franklin, Nolensville and Spring Hill and in Nashville and Maury County.
Not all of Regentâs technology is interactive. Some functions take place automatically, just like breathing. The companyâs new homes are tightly insulated and sealed for energy efficiency. To keep the air inside fresh, an electronic monitor senses when the house needs to take a breath and quietly draws in fresh air from outside.
Demand for smart homes is growing among buyers of all ages, according to Lennar. The company cites a survey conducted in 2016 by Coldwell Banker, the real estate company, that found homes with smart technology are preferred by 61 percent of millennials, 52 percent of Gen Xers and half of the baby boomers who responded.
The reaction was strongest from parents â 59 percent of them wanted smart technology in the house.
âWe have entered a realm where home buyers are demanding smart homes. This is a shift from the previous thinking about what constitutes a move-in ready home. Itâs a defining moment for real estate,â said Sean Blankenship, chief marketing officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate.