Designer    News 26 Mar 2018

Topped full of technology – UK’s first ‘Home of the Future’ is now available to buy

The first official ‘Homes of the Future’ are now available for purchase, with viewings available from tomorrow (27th March 2018).

Developed by Swedish company Trivselhus, in partnership with Places for People, the Sommar Place development in Milton Keynes follows the company’s Germany, Poland and USA smart housing developments. The new community of 39 smart properties combine sleek Scandinavian design with precise architectural finishes, energy efficient solutions and a full host of smart home technology from Apple.

Ken Forster, Managing Director of Trivselhus, commented: “It’s our mission at Trivselhus to develop family homes that have a positive impact on how people live. Technology is essential in easing people’s lives, so it is important that, moving forward, family homes are designed with smart home technology at their fore. We’re proud that Sommar Place is leading the way in tech-enabled housing developments that are affordable, efficient and future-proof at a time when technology is developing at pace. In doing so, privacy and security of homeowners is paramount, which is why it was especially important for us to offer the highly secure, end-to-end encrypted Apple HomeKit accessories within Sommar Place, which we believe to be a first in the UK.”

Working in co-ordination with its eco-focussed ethics, Trivselhus – which itself translates as the house of wellbeing – has inbuilt its Climate Shield, a superior mineral wool insulation, which the company state can reduce space heating demand by up to 40% in comparison to more traditional properties, into each and every Sommar Place property. Balancing the high-tech and eco-friendly systems with sleek, Scandi-style design, the Sommar Place homes also boast high ceilings, large windows, and plenty of local green space.

The bathroom and kitchen areas beautifully showcase the company’s balance of substance and style, with stylish Symphony kitchen furniture, A-rated stainless steel appliances, alongside an A-rated single oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge freezer and induction hob. All of which is encased in a sophisticated, contemporary design, which plays to consumers’ desire for Hygge/Lago-style schemes. Weathered wood-effect flooring sits below the crisp white kitchen furniture and capacious dining table; while the kitchen space itself is open and airy and allows the characterful interior design to flow from the kitchen, to dining, to living area seamlessly. Homeowners can also opt for Earthstone kitchen worktops, underlighting, and a variety of different door fronts for the cabinetry.

Also echoing contemporary notes, the bathroom and ensuite areas employ Ideal Standard sanitaryware, ceramic-tiled splashbacks, behind both the basin and bath areas, and a fully-tiled shower cubicle – which is available in a choice of contemporary Porcelanosa tiles from the brand’s standard range. While, making effective use of the high-tech home system, residents can also set the thermostat and towel rail to warm in the ensuite before they even wake up – making the morning routine a little easier, especially during cooler months.

And, adding further convenience to conventional routines, the smart home system can follow an automated programme even when the resident is out and about. Homeowners can create customised scenes, like ‘coming home’, which could, for instance, turn on the lights, set the heating to a desired temperature, play a favourite track, and even turn the kettle on ahead of their arrival.












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