Homes of the future are tech-enabled, but they’re more than just that. Esteemed panelists from Lamudi’s The Outlook: Philippine Real Estate Conference 2022 agreed to this premise during an insightful discussion on how homes could further evolve.
Held last August 31, 2022, at Shangri-La The Fort in Taguig, the in-person conference started with the panel track, Envisioning the Homes of the Future. Moderator and Inquirer Property Editor Tek Samaniego opened the discussion by emphasizing how the last two years reshaped our way of living. This led to a meaningful conversation about homes that serve their purpose, with insights from the Senior Business Development Director of RLC Residences, Ma. Czarina Theresa Lugue; Vice President of Sales and Marketing of IODHome Inc., SJ Kang; and Marketing Communications Consultant of Contempo Property Holdings, Joy Ablanida.
Trends Shaping the Homes of the Future
With increased time spent at home during the height of the pandemic, new design trends have emerged. This is supported by the fact that Contempo Property Holdings reconfigured one of its projects, so it’s more attuned to the better normal. Ablanida said they allocated space for an isolation room in their units at Ashana Coast Residences.
She likewise mentioned seekers’ interest in minimal design. “We also see a preference for Asian, modern-minimalist home design because it gives emphasis to [practicality] and maximization of spaces because of its linear layout and clean look,” added Ablanida.
True enough, the desire for an uncluttered home became evident during the pandemic, as almost everything needed to be done indoors. Kang said that the emergence of trends like Dalgona coffee is a perfect example of how everybody started paying attention to kitchen and home appliances. She noted that many people showed interest in multifunctional appliances after realizing their homes were cluttered.
Meanwhile, Lugue, mentioned what property giant RLC Residences did differently. She said the company focused on features that are functional in nature. They incorporated work-from-home spaces into their condo units, highlighting the need for delineation.
Bringing the outdoors in was also one of the design trends pointed out by the developers. People have turned to balconies and open green spaces to enjoy a sense of the outdoors while being confined at home.
Analyzing Smart Homes
The panel also dived into the definition of a smart home, given our increased reliance on technologies. But contrary to popular belief, real estate experts agreed that for homes to be smart, other factors must be considered. Ablanida said, “When you say smart home, it’s not 100% just that. It’s actually beyond that.” She noted that the market is more environment-sensitive; hence, the need for sustainable features.
Lugue also believed that building a smart home takes more than just using digitally-enabled devices. For example, she said that smart locksets don’t need the internet to work or recognize your pin code or fingerprint; they just need enough batteries to operate. Lugue also cited energy-efficient features as important components of smart homes, seeing the heightened appreciation for nature.
The Need for a Purposeful Home
For Samaniego, one key takeaway was to implement efficient space planning for future homes. Developers must ensure that basics and essentials in the new normal are offered first. For property seekers, Samaniego said it’s all about knowing your priorities. “The home should serve its purpose,” she added.
Lugue, on the other hand, mentioned that it’s crucial to deliver what’s beneficial for property seekers. The fact that everyone suddenly became health-conscious due to the pandemic calls for an environment that boosts overall well-being.
During the health crisis, we also saw the future of convenience—homes with multifunctional items. Kang noted that the pandemic brought us closer to technologies and made us realize we can take convenience to the next level with the right appliances.
For Ablanida, developers can deliver value-for-money projects through innovative technologies, environment-friendly materials, and responsible design and development.
Homes with great purpose, where residents can thrive and grow, will be recognized at The Outlook 2022: Philippine Real Estate Awards, happening on September 27, 2022, at Shangri-La The Fort in BGC, Taguig.
The awards night gala is co-presented by KONE and in partnership with media organizations Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inquirer Property, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Manila Standard, The Manila Times, Malaya Business Insight, Sunstar Cebu, Real Estate Blog PH, Negosentro, Property Finds Asia, Village Connect PH, and World Executives Digest.
The silver sponsors are Maximus and Gorenje, while the bronze sponsors are Inventi, BDO, RCBC, BPI, Metromart, Shopee, Zalora, and CleanSource Solution.
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