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.

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.

Bean Bags: Are they an Alternative of Home Sofas?

bean-bags

Bean bags have gained quite much popularity in the recent years across Pakistan. Their use is not just restricted to homes but they can also be spotted in several offices these days. Globally, the bean bags became immensely popular in 1970s but unfortunately, they fell out of favor in 1980s for being uncomfortable.

However, they have been re-introduced lately with new designs and fabrics, which are comfortable and durable. To put it plainly, a bean bag is a versatile seating option that comprises dried beans, expanded polystyrene, and PVC pellets. They are immensely popular among all age groups as they have many uses and are available in different sizes and colors.

The ergonomic design, modern manufacturing technique, and appealing colors make them coveted pieces of furniture, which completely sets them apart from traditional chairs and sofas. Owing to these features, both interior designers and architecture companies in Lahore love to embellish interiors with vibrant bean bags.

So What are Bean Bags Made of?

The bean bags are made out from a variety of fabrics. The four most popular fabrics are:

1: Faux Leather

As the name clearly suggests, the faux leather bean bags are made of PVC that offers you close to the real feel of leather without worrying about the price tag. The faux leather with leather grain embossed into it makes one feel as if they are sitting on the real leather.

2: Faux Suede

If you are looking for a bean bag that is extremely soft, then faux suede bean bags is what you need. These bean bags mimic the velvety underside of a real animal hide. Another good thing about faux suede is it’s easier to care and maintain. Above all, they are inexpensive and ultra-comfortable.

3: Polyester

In case, you wish to enjoy the day in the open, then outdoor bean bags, made of 100% polyester, is the way to go. They are water resistant and can be easily wiped clean. They come in a rainbow of colors and are also an ideal choice for kids’ bedrooms and playrooms. The polyester bean bags can be placed in a garden, terrace or on the rooftop. But, make sure when they are not in use, they must be kept indoors.

4: Cotton

The cotton bean bags are colorful, soft, strong and practical. They come with different removable colors for kids as well as adults. These cotton covers are easily washable and are the most popular choice for kids’ rooms.

Types of Bean Bags You Can Find Today

When it comes to the shapes and styles, you may find an extensive variety of bean bags that include the chairs, couches, oxford cushions, retro classics, sofa beds, giant, tri-gamers, deck chairs, loungers, stools squares and more.

Coming back to the question, are the bean bags an alternative of home furniture? Well, they are not! The bean bags have their own utility as they are a relaxing furniture and cannot replace the formal one.

A Look at the 21st Century Bathroom Accessories

There is no doubt about the fact that our trips to the bathroom are mostly utilitarian. You’re in, and you’re out (barring those occasions when things go horribly awry). For many of us, it’s best if our bathroom experience remains ordinary but the modern-day technology has resulted in some fantastically functional bathroom accessories that can make your life much easier by improving your bathroom break tenfold. To help you add flair and functionality to this overlooked area of your home, we at AmerAdnan® Associates have rounded up some nifty additions that will make your next bathroom trip totally seamless.

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1: Heated Towel Rail

There’s nothing more annoying than having to wipe your face with a towel that is already soaking wet. A wet towel is not only irritating but is also unhygienic. According to dermatologists, one must make a very gentle use of a clean and dry towel after face wash, as the wet towel placed in the towel rail carries germs that can cause various skin diseases. This amazing accessory makes use of electricity to keep your bathroom towel dry all the time. With its built-in heating system, the moment you place a wet towel on it, the heated towel rail takes about ten minutes to dry it up. It is for this very feature architecture companies in Lahore suggest their clients install this accessory in their lavatories.

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2: Jet Towel Hand Dryer

We all know the traditional electric hand dryers are nothing more than just cozying up your hands, as every time, you end up drying your hands with the pants. But with this latest innovation called the Jet Towel, it’s now possible to dry up your hands in a matter of seconds. Having this amazing accessory in your bathroom can make your bathroom trip a lot more convenient.

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3: Automatic Soap Dispenser

Also known as the touchless soap dispenser, this hi-tech bathroom accessory is a must have in your 21st century home. The modern automatic soap dispenser does not require you to press a button for dispensing the soap. Instead, it makes use of a sensor that automatically detects as you extend your hands towards it. Besides, it dispenses a moderate quantity of soap to make sure that there’s no wastage. Owing to this, more and more interior designers in Lahore are now using them in both commercial and residential projects.

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4: Automatic Paper Towel Dispenser

The automatic paper towel dispenser integrates a sensor that automatically senses the palm of your hands and dispenses a paper towel swiftly. At times, when drawing a paper towel from a manual dispenser, we get excessive paper towels, which results in wastage. An automatic dispenser ensures there’s no wastage of paper towels and your bathroom experience remains more relaxing than you have expected.

We hope these four twenty-first century bathroom accessories took you to a virtual bathroom tour you had never experienced before. If we’ve missed anything, please feel free to let us know in the comments below.