Homes of Tomorrow Will Be Like This

Homes of Tomorrow Will Be Like This – (Part 3) – Technology & Climate

By Kev
At Apr 26, 2017

Function over style always leads home design!

Fashion, trends and architecture.
A relationship that has barely altered over the course of the last few thousand years!
In a world of constant change, it seems that the details of home design simply ebb and flow.
Very little has fundamentally changed through-ought the evolution of home design.

Whatever an architect puts down is inevitably ‘temporary’ unless there’s a root, underlying demand for functionality.
Without that core need, the designs are nothing more than ‘fads’.

Over the last century, the industrialized world has been pressurized into taking home design as an increasingly important science.
Land and the availability of space, limitations of energy, water scarcity and a sudden and dramatic shift of workplaces, have all lead to the emergence of a smarter home design.

The McNally design team is leading the way with innovative designs and elegant custom homes using the power of functionality.
Of course, beauty naturally follows, when our homes work perfectly for the owners and guests!


Modern technology releases the power of the kitchen’s importance!

Long gone are the days that the family gathered around the TV on an evening.
Free from the need to connect through cables, Smart TVs can be installed in any location with a power outlet and decent WIFI connection.
Pre-occupied more than ever by our smart phones, the living rooms of yesterday are less used than ever before.
Mealtimes however, have always been the anchor point of family life, and well designed kitchens that double up as family and casual dining locations are in hot demand.
As teens drift in and out of social media, parents catch up on their emails, the kitchen seems to be the cool spot that offers everyone a chance to achieve what they need.
It’s a well known fact that easily accessible food gets consumed more readily.
A well stocked refrigerator ensures that kids graze on healthier food, in the presence of others!



Repurposed Materials are arriving in style!

Reclamation and recycling methods are finally making widening the options in recycled construction.
The appeal reaches far beyond the obvious environmental benefits though.
New, exciting materials are emerging, and people really want them in their homes.
Safe, recycled glass counter tops are not only kid to the planet, they offer a twist on nature’s own work, but with added color!

Glass Counter Top

Water Conservation Systems make progress, but humans are the answer!

So far, it’s safe to say that the water reclamation cost/benefit ratio just isn’t quite there yet for most homes.
As climate change takes effect and population densities rise, there’s more pressure than ever on water supply infrastructures.
We read it often, but unless it affects us directly, we never quite grasp the impact that water has on our lives.
Some states are feeling the strain on natural resources more than Florida does, but their innovations will benefit everyone at some point.
From ‘good practice’ at a personal level, we can make a huge impact upon water consumption.
We know that you have read so much about water conservation, but the Central Florida Water Initiative has some really interesting points that may impress even the most knowledgable of us!


Space, the final frontier!

Space is without doubt the greatest challenge when creating the perfect luxury custom home.
Nobody seems to want to ‘reduce’ space!
Gone are the days of vast, bland and uninviting rooms.
Families require comfort, privacy and flexibility, but always a touch of charm and interest to add a senses of character to any given room.
Having spaces that can meet a wide range of needs is essential, and cool features like this foldaway Murphy bed/Office desk are so practical.
Making that flexible room space work hard for you, relieves pressure on other rooms within the home!

Let us build you that incredible dream home, right here in Central Florida!
Whether it’s a luxury vacation rental investment home, or a primary or secondary family residence, our expert team can guide you past any concerns that you may have!


Homes of Tomorrow Will Be Like This – (Part 2) – Growing Outdoor Spaces!

By Kev
At Mar 28, 2017

Follow this link to HGTV – Top Outdoor Living Rooms

Outdoor Living Spaces will expand and integrate

One of the basic roles of any dwelling is to protect us from the environment.
So why are people exploring their balconies, gardens and yards more than ever?
3 Factors could explain the epic rise in the desire for better outdoor living spaces.

  • Better materials
    Creative flooring offers the opportunity to create the same natural looking surfaces, both indoor and outdoors.
    For years, designers have tried to integrate indoors and outside spaces, but only recently have the materials been affordable to us all.
    The result is a harmony that makes the yard a desirable, low maintenance place to relax in style.  A sheltered haven perhaps, or a safe play zone for kids to play.
  • Reduced yard space for new homes
    Lot sizes are generally reducing in size, and builders are maximizing the living spaces to suit the family needs.
    Once builders would simply grass the exterior and leave the yard design to you.
    Now that yards are smaller, their limits actually become an ‘enabling constraint’!  In other words, a challenge that works out for the better!
    It’s hard to sell a home with a useless tiny grass yard.
    But a super cool landscaped outside living area can easily be created, adding a wow factor without a jaw dropping expense.
    Fire pits, low energy lighting and stunning landscaping make that problem yard, the most desirable place in the home!
  • Owners spending more time at home
    With almost half of all US workers estimated to be working from home in 2017, there’s more demand than ever for homes to offer high quality leisure space.
    Telecommuting (as it is known) is on the rise, and workers are advised to designate areas of the home as ‘off limits’ during their work day.
    Without that discipline, the whole home would feel like an office, making those outdoor living spaces a vital element of the sense of freedom.
    Nothing beats the sounds smells and visuals of the great outdoors after a day behind the computer.

Planning consent is required for the most adventurous outdoor room designs, but the patience, effort and occasional compromise, can pay off.
Nothing can beat the sensation of enjoying the fresh natural light and air, with the benefit from carefully designed protection from the elements.

Let us build your amazing dream home, complete with an amazing outdoor living space, right here in Central Florida!
Our expertize and creativity has always been the key to our success and we’d like nothing more than to share it with your family.


Homes of Tomorrow Will Be Like This – (Part 1) – Renewable Energy

By Kev
At Mar 23, 2017
Solar Roof Tile Systems

Click the Image to view the official Tesla website (new browser window)

Renewable Energy Will Finally Make Progress (Some Decade Soon!)

The pressure on energy consumption has never been so great and the outlook clearly shows that consumption must be supplied from renewables.
Homeowners are receptive to the concept of ‘free’ energy, but the capital costs, and emerging technologies aren’t favorable just yet.
Two important factors will ‘push’ renewables; need & affordability.
Fuel is still very cheap right now, even though supplies of fossil fuels are tough to extract.
The issue however, is that regions like California simply can’t meet demand as population density outstrips the electricity grid’s capacity.
Couple that capacity shortfall with increasingly extreme climate change and energy demand trends are set to grow.
It’s those ‘energy stressed’ regions that will have no other choice than to drive the demand for realistic renewable energy systems.
Not surprisingly, California based pioneers Tesla, are leading the way to an affordable solar solution.
As soon as Elon Musk’s team (and competitors) perfect renewable energy products, with longevity, forward compatibility, efficiency and realistic capital costs, the market will rapidly embrace solar energy en mass.

Solar Energy and Florida – A Match Made in Heaven?

On the face of it, Florida, enjoys an abundance of that gorgeous golden resource.
With over 60% of the average yearly daytime delivering solar energy, the Sunshine State boldly wears its nickname with pride.
But according to NOAA statistics, Arizona and California really max out with around 90% available sunshine.
We can expect those states to rely more on solar as their AC units demand more energy during warmer and warmer yearly average trends.

But will solar ever be attractive?
The aesthetics of solar panels has left a lot to be desired over the years and many signature communities have strict controls that prevent many of the conventional systems from being used.
As the image below indicates, the solar winds of change are a coming!
Tesla are on the right path if they can produce solar roof tiles in the required volumes, with assured quality and the right price.
Many doubt they will, but their CEO has the drive to make the extraordinary happen!