The Evolution of Luxury Homes - Technology's Role - Written by Guest Blogger Greg Geilman

Posted on 2 Aug, 17 by Media Relations

The evolution of luxury home design has been directly impacted by technological advancements and their role in daily living. While once upon a time, an automated clothing carousal in a walk-in closet was a high-tech design element, today's luxury homes are smarter, sleeker, and feature innovative technology for every living space. Step into a luxury home today and you can see an array of technological marvels, from integrated smart products to high-tech items designed specifically for the indoor or outdoor pool.

Wi-Fi Enabled Cooking Range  
The kitchen often is the hub of home, a place for the family and guests to gather. While integrated smart-tech for the appliances like the refrigerator has become more common, expect to see high-end ranges with this as well. The Dacor Discover 48-inch Dual-Fuel Range features a Android-powered, Wi-Fi enabled range for the ultimate merger of tech and elegant design. The iQ cooking app not only offers recipe ideas and cooking tutorials but it allows remote control access via your smart phone or other devices to adjust temperature settings or even double-check to make sure you've turned off the oven.

Automated Shade and Light Control
One of the key components in the evolution of luxury homes is environmental awareness. More luxury homes today feature green tech to help increase the overall energy efficiency of the living space. Automated shades and light controls now use advanced technology to provide comfort plus maintain the home's energy efficiency. Shade control systems and smart lighting can be integrated into every room of the home with everything run by remote, app, and/or installed touch-pad panels controls.

Smart Window Film
Another green feature that combines beauty and eco-friendly design is smart window film. Many luxury homes have an abundance of windows to provide gorgeous natural light and access to stunning views – something that nearly all home buyers would like to add to their wish list. However, privacy can become an issue. While automated shades certainly are one solution, SONTE offers high-tech, smart window film as an alternative. It fits over existing windows and allows you to change the clear glass expanse into opaque with a single touch using their app. It's Wi-Fi enabled and even can be paired with other smart devices.

Tech for Home Spa Experience
Enjoying time away at the spa is the ideal way to de-stress, but why not take advantage of the latest technology to create a truly luxurious spa experience in your own home that can be enjoyed any time. The iSteam 2.0 features state-of-the-art technology for a spa-like, steam-shower experience every day. Its app allows you to access the controls remotely, create custom pre-sets, and monitor its ambient temperature. It can pair up with as many as eight devices and has an optional Bluetooth audio streaming capability plus four in-shower speakers to create a full sensory experience.

Hydrofloors Movable Swimming Pool Floors and Disappearing Pool Covers

  Switzerland - chalet closed pool - stunning mosaic floor in a room with a view of the mountains

From Twinscape®, discover Hydrofloors® designed exclusively for your home pool. The unique design maximizes space and elegantly fuses technology with aesthetics and functionality. With movable flooring for the pool you can transform the space for dual purpose — can you imagine being able to park a car over the pool? The Hydrofloors® system can also be programmed to stop at any level so it is possible to convert a mid-depth pool used for swimming laps into a child-friendly wading pool ideal for when the grandkids visit. In addition to movable floors, consider integrating a pool cover that "disappears" when it's not needed. Disappearing Swimming Pool Covers from Twinscape® are another way to create a high-end,flexible pool space. They're energy-efficient and help keep the heated pool temperature consistent when not you're not using it plus they retract into the existing floor to "disappear" when you're ready to swim. Both the Hydrofloors® and Disappearing Swimming Pool Covers from Twinscape® are custom designed to fit your luxury home and personal needs.  (

Switzerland - Chalet with pool open - beautiful mosiac tiled floor slides down to become the pool floor and reveal the step entry system

With the technological advancements of just the last two decades, home design has enjoyed a transformative evolution. Who knows what the next 20 years will bring?

About Greg Geilman
Greg Geilman is a Los Angeles native of over 40 years and President and CEO of South Bay residential.  Being a part of the top 1% of Realtors Nationwide is a true testament to Greg's experience and passion within the industry.  Greg served on the Board of Directors as the Technology Director for Leadership Manhattan Beach and on the Board of Directors for the South Bay Association of Realtors. Greg is also currently on the Professional Standards Committee with the South Bay Association of Realtors.  With his experience in technology, he is perfectly suited to look at the role of technology in the luxury home.  For more information on the company, go to

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