Imagine going to a store and instead of buying one appliance, you buy an entire room say a bedroom or a bathroom, custom made with all the gadgets of the 21st century.
“We shouldn’t build our houses and then after the fact come in with an IT person and install all these systems, it actually should be integrated,” said Joseph Wheeler, co-director for the Center for Design and Research.
That’s what Joseph Wheeler and Virginia tech students have been working on for three years.
They unveiled the FutureHAUS.
A home complete with bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms and office space.
It took students less than a month to build and they gave up holiday time to do it.
“Most students are off on break going wherever and we are here working on this thing. Honestly to see it all come together is absolutely incredible. We’ve put a lot of work into it and to see, you know the second we turned on this light above us and had this color, just streaming down, it’s like wow, it’s incredible. All of this is worth it,” said Walter Haim, Master’s Student in Architecture.
The technology in the house already exists, it’s just integrating it into the house to use it smarter. For example, a woman could sit at the vanity and do her makeup and with the push of a button, move it up so she could brush her teeth.
The project is meant not only for students to have hands on practice outside of the classroom, but also to inspire home builders to thing about technology in the housing market.