The things that Australians expect from their homes are changing every day. Once we were concerned only with the size of our yard, the straightness of our fences and the number of rooms we had for visitors. Nowadays the criteria are more complex and diverse. You may want to be make your home safer using technology, use only sustainable materials when building or optimise your property for relaxation after work.

Whatever you decide to do, refinancing your home loan is an easy and convenient way to fund your additions. To help get you started on the road to picking a modification that suits you, let’s have a look at the most exciting trends in modern homes at the moment.

Tech-free living rooms

An impressive 86 per cent of Australian households have access to the internet according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Add in 40 plus hours of internet usage at work and you can see that the average Aussie office employee spends a great deal of time staring at a monitor.

Perhaps in response to all the time we spend on screens, a recent trend of having no technology whatsoever in the living room has emerged among modern Australian households. Instead of a TV being the centre point of the room, a peaceful view or a collection of books can facilitate more relaxation and social time.

Make your home smart

On the other end of the spectrum, Aussies are slowly coming around to the concept of a smart home. To make your home ‘smart’, network technology is built into your property beside your regular wiring, to connect all of your devices and appliances.

According to Samsung, in a fully automated smart home you’ll be able to remotely control your devices (heat pump, bath, coffee machine), automate for convenience (sensor lights to the bathroom) or even beef up your security.

Not only will it benefit the environment but it will also look great.

Design sustainably

More and more Australians are becoming aware of our impact on the environment according to a report by the National Sustainability Council.

Such considerations are increasingly playing a part in the design of modern homes, as they adopt more environmentally friendly and sustainable materials.

Do a little bit to help the environment and use stone, wood and other natural materials more often throughout your home. Not only will it benefit the environment but it will also look great.

If you’ve been yearning for a more modern and trendy home, we can help make this happen, byfreeing up funds to make your renovations.

You can contact a Smartline Mortgage Adviser on 13 14 97 for mortgage advice. Or complete ourcall request form and we’ll call you!

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