The Smart Technology: Home Automation Achieves New Levels of Innovation

Home automation is the next big thing in home construction and design. The concept has already established a footprint globally. Recently, architectural companies in Pakistan have also started tapping into the world of smart homes. Some control activities such as turning off a light or disabling an alarm are rather simple and inexpensive. Other complex operations such as advanced surveillance and security controls require more investment of both technique and money. So, is it as good as it sounds? Let’s go through a few things you can control right from your smartphone, and you can then decide for yourself whether it’s worth the investment.

Lighting Management

Lighting Management Through Mobile

Yes, you no longer have to get up from that couch to turn up the lights. A simple tap on your smartphone or a voice command is all you need to do and voila, you can now remotely control the lights of your entire house all from that smartphone in your hand. Shell some more rupees and you can even alter the intensity and color of the lights. All you need is a home automation device to be wired with the lighting system you would like to remotely control, and the device can be easily synced to your smartphone. If we have a look at the latest home construction in Pakistan we’ll notice that the architects always leave a room for automation systems to be installed in electrical sockets and distribution boxes.

Surveillance Systems

Surveillance Systems Through Smart Phone

Security being a major concern in Pakistan, surveillance systems have the highest demand when it comes to home automation. Basic surveillance systems are already being widely used, especially in the corporate sector in Pakistan and advanced possibilities are being explored. Smart cameras are directly connected with your home’s internet connection, making real-time surveillance possible from your smartphone. The premier home construction in Lahore and in other urban cities of Pakistan includes pre-installed surveillance systems.

Temperature Control

Temperature Control Through Mobile

Installing a temperature control system in your home is a technology rather common, but managing it with your smartphone is undoubtedly an innovation worth attention. With a smart temperature control system installed in your home and a complimenting control app installed in your smartphone, you can remotely manage the temperature of every single room in your home. Whether it is turning on the air conditioner before arriving home on a hot day, or turning off the heating system while your kids are asleep at home, it is all possible.

Curtain Mechanism

Curtain Mechanism Through Smart Phone

Curtains are no exception when it comes to smartly controlling your home. Yes, curtain automation isn’t restricted to installing motors and controlling them with the given remote device. You can now automate your home curtain mechanism to an extent that they are completely operated through your smartphone. By managing curtains, shutters, blinds and awnings right from the palm of your hands, your life would become far more convenient than you had ever imagined.

The modern-day technologists are constantly working on making life easier for us; let’s see what else enters the list of smartphone automation in days to come.

Modern House Design Ideas for Small Patios

We often associate beautiful homes with sizeable spaces, which is absolutely not the case. Modern home designs in Pakistan are no longer the only developments attracting attention. Homeowners and professionals are equally curious to explore creatively designed spaces. Modern home décor trends are now all about utilizing the teeniest corners to their full potential.

With the unnatural hike in land prices across the country, people are now compelled to live in smaller homes and this is why utilizing smaller spaces more efficiently has become one of the primary challenges for architects and designers these days.

Where a lot of time, effort and money is spent on home décor, patios are often overlooked. Let’s have a look at a few simple, quick and cost-effective ways to make even the smallest of patios look beautiful.

Hanging Bistro Lights

Bistro Lights

Bistro lights are a great way to bring a cozy feel to your patio. To get that perfect soft light effect make sure you use milky bulbs. Using a warmer shade will add a classy touch to the aura. A wide range of ready-to-use bistro lights in a variety of styles can be easily found at any nearest electrical supplies and accessories store.

Planting a Vertical Garden

Planting a Vertical Garden

Plantation has been an evergreen technique for decorating smaller exteriors. Whether you hang spray-painted cans or specialized wall planters, they will for sure breathe life into your patio. If your residential area is prone to attracting insects, you may opt for artificial plantation.

Decorated Rocks and Pebbles

Rocks and Pebbles Decoration

Artfully placed rocks and pebbles are also a good way to decorate patios. However, plain rocks and pebbles may come off as a bit dull. A great way to add some color is by artistically painting them maybe to look like ladybirds, smiley faces or anything else that you like.

Artificial Flooring

Artificial Flooring

Floor coverings come in many styles and sizes, and help define outdoor spaces. You can either lay an artificial turf on your patio’s floor to give it a complete natural look. Alternatively, you may use panels or even a patterned rug, as per your preference.

Placing Smart Furniture

Smart Furniture

If your patio can accommodate some seating space, adding a compact coffee table with a chair or two is a great way to add some glamor to your patio while putting it to some practical use as well. If you still have some space left you could also add a small bench to complement your furniture.

You can now enjoy a cup of tea with your loved ones in your beautifully adorned patio. Have fun and we wish you a happy living.

Why Use Steel Railings Instead of Wooden Railings?

This is a question commonly asked by people who are about to invest in their home or office design, construction or renovation. According to the leading architectural firm of Pakistan, Amer Adnan Associates, the answer to this question lies in the kind of investment you’re willing to part with and what design you have in mind in regards to your space. If we keep personal preferences aside, there are other factors that need to be considered before you can make a choice between the steel and wooden railings for your house/office. For instance, budget, longevity of material, installation cost and time, and much more. The modern home construction companies in Pakistan suggest that any house that needs to become a home, it is crucial that its elements come together seamlessly to display grace, warmth and unity. This will be in respect to the structure, design and most importantly, durability. For majority of homeowners, the first home that is constructed will be a residence for at least one or two generations. So every detail has to be mapped out and thought out thoroughly.

In this article, we will focus on why a majority of architectural services in Lahore and nationwide recommend steel railings over the wooden railings.

Durability to Withstand Forces of Nature

No matter where the steel railings are installed, be it stairs or be it in the balconies; they will always be durable enough to withstand direct exposure to sunlight, rain, storms and other natural destructive forces. The wooden railings, on the other hand, would require a great deal of care and maintenance. This includes polishing at least twice a year, spraying with chemicals to protect against pesticides and constant cleaning to avoid development of mold/fungus during the humid weather. In case of steel railings, all that is required is a wipe to clean and restore it to its original form and sheen.

Economical Than Its Wooden Counterpart

Due to overproduction of steel, the steel railings cost considerably less than its wooden counterpart. They are manufactured in factories in assembly lines and always made in bulk, which is why the end price is always cheaper than wooden railings. On the contrary, the wooden railings may get expensive depending on the type and quality of wood being used. Moreover, the additional cost of skilled craftsmanship in case of details motifs and designs will cost you extra. Ideally, any material utilized in construction in Lahore or any other city for that matter will automatically have the price at the cheaper end if it is manufactured and purchased in bulk.

Easier to Install and Maintain Over Time

When it comes to installation, steel railings are far easier to install than wooden railings. The entire unit can be assembled on site with ease. Unlike wooden railings, none of its components require building it onsite. Instead, steel railings can be brought onsite straight from the vendor to be installed within a very reasonable timeframe as opposed to making a pretend workshop for wooden ones. Steel railings contain spare parts, screws, nuts, bolts, etc., all things that can be assembled and disassembled at the request and requirement of the client. It is feasible if you wish to relocate and use existing railings at your new home/office.

Ethical Responsibility towards the Planet

Apart from all the reasons mentioned above that go in favor of steel railings over wooden ones, the biggest and most critical reason is the wood used. It is usually mahogany or oak, which are heralded as environmental and historical treasures of the forests. Every time you choose wooden railing over steel, you are becoming an unintentional accomplice and contributing to deforestation which is gradually destroying our planet. The final choice, as always, remains in the hands of the homeowners who want to spend their money on every aspect of the house/office, from construction till the end which is interior design. The burden of choice remains with you.

Floorboards: A Trend that is Becoming Popular Again in 2017

Whether we take a look at home renovations or new home construction in Pakistan, 2017 is witnessing many revisions in building construction as well as decoration trends. Out of many new things that have recently made their mark in home construction trends, floorboards stand apart to make a great impression. According to a recent survey, the home flooring is all set to experience the biggest increase in investment, with an average of 29% of homeowners looking to spend more on it. They are taking a great deal of interest in the selection of floorboards with the reason being that this flooring is considered a statement of elegance for the home and homeowners. Below are three types of floorboards that have become most popular in 2017.

Dark Floorboards

Dark Floorboards

If we take a look into the past, the light or blond wood flooring was quite popular and was considered an element of sophistication and class. However this year, bolder colors are pretty much in trend because brighter accessories have made their position in the market. The gray and dark brown shades of floorboards are the hottest trends for this year.

Brushed Finish Floorboards

Brushed Finish Floorboards

The brushed finish floorboards include those which are either natural or band-sawn. If you are among the homeowners who are more inclined towards ensuring natural wood look for your floors, the best idea is to opt for brushed finish floorboards which showcase ingrained texture. We have seen many people opting for this floorboard design this year.

Cork Floorboards

Cork Floorboards

The cork flooring is increasingly becoming popular in 2017. One of the primary reasons behind the comeback of cork floorboards is their design flexibility, eco-credentials and health benefits for the residents. The cork floors do not absorb dust and they are resistant to fungus as well as bacteria. One of the interesting facts about this flooring is that it greatly reduces noise in home.

4 Home Ceiling Styles to Pick From

As you set off on a journey to construct a new home for you and your family, there are numerous things you need to choose carefully. The ceiling is one of them. The crucial element greatly adds to the interior of your home.

Whether you opt for plain, simple or contemporary ceiling design, it is important to make sure that the style you choose is in line with your home’s interior theme. If you look at modern house designs in Pakistan these days, you’ll come across some amazing ceiling designs that will leave you in the state of awe.

Today, AmerAdnan Associates will share some unique and stylish home ceiling designs for your new abode.

1: Exposed Beams Ceiling

Exposed Beams Ceiling

The ceilings with exposed beams were a norm if we get back into the seventies or eighties, however, in the modern day, we can hardly find them in residential settings. The interior designers in Pakistan and around the world have now come up with a new way of adding statement making ceilings.

They have incorporated real or artificial exposed beams in the ceilings that are painted in wood-grains pattern or in solid colors. The exposed beam ceilings give an open feel and are considered a blend of classic and contemporary home décor.

2: Coffered Ceiling

Coffered Ceiling

The coffered ceiling appears like a grid with repetitive sunken squares, triangles, rectangles spread across the ceiling. If the grid boxes are given a wood-like paint, they look more amazing.

The centre part of grid boxes in a coffered ceiling is where the interior decorators usually install flush-mount lights. It could be in plain white or any other color that is in conformity with the room’s theme.

Some interior decorators also suggest installing wallpapers in the grid boxes. The coffered ceiling is ideal for halls like dining rooms, living rooms and drawing rooms.

3: Tray Style Ceiling

Tray Style Ceiling

The tray style ceilings have been around for quite a while now. As the name suggests, the tray style ceiling appears just alike the inner side of a tray.

The simpler tray-style ceiling design could mean something like a single inverted tray, whereas a complicated one boast more detail work and cut-out designs.

The inner portion of a tray ceiling with intricate design is recessed. A tray ceiling can make a small room appear big.

4: Domed Ceiling

Domed Ceiling

To some, the domed ceiling may seem like an obsolete idea, but the modern day domed ceilings are not at all the traditional kind.

They are usually made of fibreglass or wood and offer good inflow of light from the rooftop. It is said this ceiling can give a spacious feel.

Modern and Contemporary Home Designs – How They are Different

Home Design

If you have been around the home construction and decor scene for some time, you must be familiar with the terms, modern and contemporary. These two terms are used often by professional architecture companies in Pakistan to define design trend in accordance with the era. For a layman, the two terms, modern and contemporary may be confusing because of their overlapping characteristics.

Today, we will throw light on the difference between the two home decor styles.

  • Contemporary Home Designs

Contemporary means the design trend that is used right now. Since the contemporary means current, it is dynamic and keeps changing with the passage of time. The contemporary home design trend takes inspiration from different eras which is why we cannot exactly define the characteristics of contemporary home designs. For instance, both traditional and modern artifacts are used to create a contemporary design.

If we talk specifically about the current era, we may define contemporary home design as the one that incorporates odd or unique shape large windows with harmony and open layout plan. Moreover, the contemporary homes also have natural elements such as stone used in finishing. The contemporary home furniture usually comprises clean line and in-ornate details.

  • Modern Home Style

According to leading construction companies in Lahore, the modern style home décor takes inspiration from the 1920s to 1950s. Many are also of the opinion that modern home design trend also takes inspiration from the features of 20th-century homes. In brief, unlike contemporary home design, the modern home design takes inspiration from a specific era.

For a layman, it could be a really difficult to differentiate between a contemporary and modern home design, but to make it easy, one may recognize a modern home design from its unadorned and clean features.

The frequent use of materials such as leather, linen, teak and wood also better define a modern home design. The white walls that give an expansive feeling to a house, are also a prominent feature of modern homes. Besides, bare floors and recurrent use of area rugs are among the defining features of modern-style homes.

Window Designs That Would Prevail Home Construction in 2017

Whether you are on a mission to re-do your home exterior or are constructing a home from the scratch, choosing the right windows is always crucial. It’s not about selecting the classic arch windows over the modern horizontal sliders, it’s about picking the design that is in line with the latest home construction trends.

According to architects in Pakistan and around the world, windows are among the key elements that make up your home’s elevation. Although every window design comes with its unique set of advantages, the front windows of a home need to be selected carefully.

Here we have listed 3 window design trends that will be the hot picks of 2017.

  • Horizontal Sliding Windows

These windows have been popular since the start of twenty first century and are likely to top the list of architects and property owners throughout 2017. An overview of today’s modern homes will reveal to you that over ninety percent of the dwellings have used horizontal sliding windows.

Owing to the fact that they can seamlessly merge with any home exterior design. These windows open with the sash sliding. Another major reason behind their popularity is they are easy to open and close.

  • Jalousie Windows

Jalousie windows are among the most popular choices, especially when it comes to luxury homes in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. Apart from their popularity in homes, the jalousie windows are also highly appreciated in commercial settings.

According to architects, these windows are best suited for cities with mild winters. One can install them with cedar slats and with the multiple glass options. Another good thing about these windows is the louvers of Jalousie windows open and closes conveniently.

  • Bow Windows

This home window design is works well for bungalows and helps to add a dramatic extension to a home’s elevation. For all those who highly appreciate classic architecture and want to add an architectural accent to their home’s exterior, the bow windows, also known as bay windows, can be an excellent choice for your abode.

These windows are constructed out of wood or metal frames. If you want to ensure your windows can withstand direct exposure to all kinds of weather, you should opt for the aluminium frame.