When ​it ​comes ​to ​technology, ​there’s ​no ​shortage ​of gadgets ​on ​the ​market ​to ​make ​your ​house ​“smarter”.

Over ​the ​last ​several ​years ​the ​concept ​of ​“smart ​homes” ​has become ​more ​popular ​as ​home ​buyers ​look ​for ​these features. ​A ​smart ​home ​offers ​options ​for ​your ​security, accessibility, ​efficiency ​and ​convenience.

Here’s ​everything ​you ​need ​to ​know ​about ​smart ​homes, and ​why ​you ​may ​want ​to ​consider ​purchasing ​one.

What ​is ​a ​Smart ​Home?

A ​smart ​home ​is ​a ​residence ​that ​can ​have ​appliances, lighting, ​heating, ​air ​conditioning, ​TVs, ​computers, entertainment ​audio ​and ​video ​systems, ​and ​security systems ​that ​are ​capable ​of ​communicating ​with ​one another.

These ​features ​can ​be ​controlled ​remotely ​from ​any ​room ​in the ​home, ​as ​well ​as ​from ​any ​location ​in ​the ​world ​by ​a smartphone ​or ​an ​internet ​connection.

Many ​smart ​home ​options ​can ​be ​added ​by ​the homeowner ​after ​purchase, ​however, ​if ​you’re ​buying ​a ​new build ​you ​have ​the ​power ​to ​have ​many ​of ​them ​built ​into the ​home ​from ​day ​one. ​This ​can ​make ​a ​big ​difference with ​the ​comfort ​and ​convenience ​and ​the ​resale ​value ​of your ​home ​later ​on.

There ​are ​multiple ​smart ​features ​you ​can ​consider ​when ​it comes ​to ​your ​new ​home. ​Here ​are ​a ​few ​of ​the ​most popular ​ones:

Smart ​Lighting

Imagine ​coming ​home ​late ​at ​night ​and ​having ​the ​lights turn ​on ​with ​one ​quick ​push ​of ​a ​button. ​With ​a ​modular switch, ​all ​the ​lights ​in ​your ​home ​can ​be ​controlled ​from the ​switch, ​your ​smartphone ​or ​even ​just ​using ​your ​voice. Lights ​can ​be ​pre-programmed ​to ​come ​on ​or ​turn ​off ​at ​set times ​which ​is ​helpful ​when ​you ​know ​you’re ​coming ​and going ​from ​the ​house.

A ​high-end ​smart ​lighting ​system, ​like ​Deako, ​uses Bluetooth ​technology ​so ​you ​don’t ​need ​wifi ​to ​control ​your settings.

Smart ​lighting ​helps ​save ​money ​on ​your ​electric ​bill ​by ensuring ​lights ​are ​only ​being ​used ​as ​needed ​and ​adds peace ​of ​mind. ​When ​you’re ​traveling, ​or ​know ​you’re coming ​and ​going ​at ​odd ​hours, ​lights ​can ​be ​timed ​so ​your house ​isn’t ​dark ​and ​looking ​like ​nobody ​is ​home.

Keyless ​Entry

You ​can’t ​dispute ​the ​ease ​of ​keyless ​entry. ​We’ve ​all ​been there, ​rooting ​through ​our ​bag ​or ​jacket ​pocket, ​arms ​full ​of groceries, ​trying ​to ​find ​the ​house ​key ​so ​we ​can ​get ​inside.

Most ​keyless ​entry ​systems ​offer ​integrated, ​self-monitored, security ​that ​can ​be ​customized ​to ​your ​needs. ​Most ​keyless entry ​systems ​are ​linked ​to ​your ​smartphone ​and ​provide alerts ​when ​the ​alarm ​is ​triggered.

There ​are ​also ​some ​even ​more ​advanced ​features ​such ​as the ​touchscreen ​deadbolt ​offered ​by ​Schlage, ​which automatically ​relocks ​if ​you ​forget ​to ​do ​it. ​Or ​an ​alarm

triggered ​by ​door ​activity ​that ​will ​be ​tripped ​if ​someone ​is trying ​to ​forcibly ​enter ​the ​home.

Imagine ​the ​freedom ​of ​knowing ​you ​could ​monitor ​and control ​your ​home ​security, ​even ​when ​you ​aren’t ​there!

Soft ​Close ​Cabinets

While ​it ​may ​not ​seem ​like ​something ​that ​is ​a ​“must-have” for ​your ​home, ​there ​are ​so ​many ​benefits ​to ​soft ​close cabinets.

Not ​having ​to ​ever ​hear ​someone ​slam ​a ​cabinet ​or ​drawer again, ​is ​probably ​the ​first ​benefit ​that ​comes ​to ​mind ​with a ​soft ​close, ​but ​it’s ​just ​the ​start.

For ​example, ​when ​you ​slam ​a ​drawer, ​the ​contents ​often go ​flying. ​In ​a ​household ​with ​children, ​soft ​close ​cabinets are ​an ​additional ​safety ​feature. ​Tiny ​fingers ​won’t ​get pinched ​in ​cabinet ​doors, ​and ​since ​they ​cannot ​be slammed, ​you ​won’t ​have ​excited ​little ​people ​clanging about ​just ​for ​the ​fun ​of ​it.

Lastly, ​having ​soft ​close ​cabinets ​actually ​lengthens ​their lifespan. ​With ​less ​stress ​on ​the ​hinges, ​pulls ​and ​rails ​and the ​cabinets ​and ​drawers ​always ​being ​closed ​properly, your ​kitchen ​will ​see ​less ​wear ​and ​tear, ​keeping ​it functioning ​beautifully ​for ​longer.

In-Floor ​Heating

While ​this ​may ​not ​be ​something ​that ​comes ​to ​mind ​as ​a smart ​feature, ​it ​definitely ​is. ​In-floor ​heating ​is ​energy efficient, ​and ​has ​a ​positive ​impact ​on ​your ​heating ​bills.

Your ​floor ​retains ​the ​heat ​for ​longer, ​so ​you ​need ​less ​heat overall ​in ​the ​room. ​Heat ​is ​also ​distributed ​evenly, ​unlike heat ​the ​comes ​from ​vents.

Key ​Benefits ​of ​a ​Smart ​Home

The ​personal ​benefits ​of ​different ​smart ​home ​features ​will vary ​depending ​on ​how ​you ​live ​day-to-day. ​Here ​are ​four benefits ​that ​can ​have ​the ​biggest ​impact ​for ​your ​home and ​lifestyle:


There’s ​no ​denying ​that ​the ​ability ​to ​control ​certain features ​of ​your ​home ​while ​you ​aren’t ​even ​there ​is extremely ​convenient.

That ​convenience ​is ​generally ​one ​of ​the ​biggest ​reasons buyers ​look ​for ​smart ​homes. ​The ​ability ​to ​streamline things ​throughout ​the ​house, ​and ​easily ​access ​different things ​like ​a ​hard ​drive ​to ​watch ​your ​movies ​in ​any ​room make ​the ​convenience ​of ​a ​smart ​home ​unbeatable.

Security/Peace ​of ​Mind

Everyone ​wants ​to ​feel ​like ​their ​home ​is ​a ​safe ​space ​and security ​systems ​are ​nothing ​new. ​In ​today’s ​smart ​homes, the ​security ​systems ​can ​be ​very ​advanced. ​In ​addition ​to motion ​sensors ​and ​security ​cameras, ​there ​are ​keyless entry ​options ​using ​things ​like ​fingerprint ​technology.
Having ​the ​ability ​to ​ensure ​your ​home ​is ​secure ​when you’re ​not ​there ​offers ​confidence ​that ​your ​house ​is protected.


Accessibility ​technology ​has ​come ​a ​long ​way. ​Voice command ​systems ​can ​do ​things ​like ​control ​lights ​and ​lock doors. ​For ​people ​with ​mobility ​issues, ​the ​ability ​to ​control heating ​and ​cooling ​or ​blinds ​is ​very ​convenient. ​With ​so many ​options ​for ​accessibility, ​your ​home ​can ​be customized ​to ​meet ​the ​needs ​of ​everyone ​living ​in ​the house.


We ​all ​know ​about ​energy ​efficient ​appliances, ​but ​when ​it comes ​to ​smart ​home ​technology ​efficiency ​goes ​beyond just ​a ​few ​appliances. ​By ​having ​everything ​in ​your ​home connected, ​it ​means ​you’re ​able ​to ​monitor ​everything ​for maximum ​efficiency.

Whether ​you’re ​adjusting ​lights ​when ​a ​room ​is ​already bright ​with ​natural ​light ​or ​lowering ​the ​thermostat ​during the ​day ​when ​nobody ​is ​home, ​making ​small, ​ongoing adjustments ​can ​have ​a ​positive ​impact ​on ​your consumption ​of ​things ​like ​energy ​and ​natural ​gas. ​The more ​efficient ​you ​can ​make ​your ​home, ​the ​more ​money you’re ​putting ​back ​in ​your ​pocket ​every ​month.

There ​are ​plenty ​of ​other ​smart ​home ​features ​on ​the market ​that ​we ​didn’t ​mention ​above, ​so ​when ​it ​comes ​to deciding ​you ​want ​a ​smart ​home, ​research ​is ​key. ​When talking ​to ​your ​builder, ​find ​out ​what ​they ​offer ​as ​part ​of the ​house ​purchase ​and ​confirm ​the ​benefits ​of ​the features.

Westcott Homes offers modern living and smart design for today’s active families, in neighborhoods with room to grow. Our flexible floorplans, durable Pacific Northwest exteriors and luxurious interior details add up to a home you’ll delight in every day, and for years to come.