Increasing Number of Homeowners Are Embracing Outdoor Smart-Home Technology

An increasing number of homeowners are embracing smart-home technology, according to a Houzz Smart Home Trends Survey.

Of nearly 1,000 homeowners surveyed, around half are introducing smart technology into their homes, i.e. devices which can be controlled by smartphones, tablets, or computers.

Renovated homes are twice as likely to use a smart system, with around 30 percent controlled via a central hub.

When it comes to lighting, 11 percent of renovated homes include smart indoor lighting, and 4 percent include smart outdoor lighting.

Homeowners are using smart-home lighting to reduce energy consumption, improve the comfort of the household, and have the ability to change the mood or vibe of the home.

You can download the full 2016 U.S. Houzz Smart Home Trends Study here.

Introducing Ikea’s New Flatpack Garden

Swedish architects, Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm collaborated with Space10, Ikea’s innovation lab, on its new flatpack vertical garden, called ‘The Growroom,’ which will allow city dwellers to enjoy the benefits of growing their own food.

The DIY garden is spherical shaped and ideal for growing plants, herbs and vegetables and is designed to be low cost and affordable, encouraging people to grow their own local and healthy food, regardless of whether they have a garden to grow it.

And the food produced by The Growroom is not only enough to feed a household, but an entire neighbourhood, with Space10’s website stating:

“Space10 envisions a future, where we grow our own food much more locally, to spark conversations about how we can bring nature back into our cities, grow our own food and tackle the rapidly increasing demand for significantly more food in the future, we teamed up with architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum to create The Growroom. Standing tall as a spherical garden, it empowers people to grow their own food much more locally in a beautiful and sustainable way.”

You can find out more about Ikea’s new flatpack garden here.