For anyone who has ever dreamed of a Jetsons-inspired way of life, the wait is almost over. While flying cars and hover boards are still a while away, the home of the future is almost within our reach.

The home is  becoming more important than ever as home and office merge to become one and the same. Many companies and employees are already embracing this trend and telecommuting will continue to grow in popularity across multiple sectors.

With home set to become our workstation and sanctuary, it will be more important than ever that home design and functionality reflects our changing lifestyles.

You don’t have to look far into the future to see the desktop computer and home phone completely disappear within the next 10 years. It’s already happening in many households with web-enabled TV’s (IPTVs), tablet devices and of course smartphones continuing to take the place of PCs and landline phones. come on, when was the last time you answered your home phone expecting to hear some robot selling PPI?

Home automation systems will become common place in the home of the future and allow you to communicate directly with your refrigerator, washing machine or vacuum via text or email. You could consult your fridge on what you should cook for dinner depending on what its current contents are, ask your robotic vacuum when it last cleaned or tell your washing machine to start a cycle.

Crack a hinge on your vertical blinds? Print a new one. Need an extra napkin holder for your dinner party? Print one.

3D printing is expected to have a huge impact on how our homes function in the years to come.

With the use of rubber and metal-like substances in 3D printing becoming an option, this is set to revolutionise so many things. The smart home will provide owners with the templates for printing.

The modern bedroom Smart technology will be integrated into our bedding to monitor vital signs, check sleep patterns and create the optimal sleeping environment with lights, temperature and humidity all automatically controlled. Creating the perfect environment for a good night’s sleep will go one step further with every bed we sleep in, be it at home, in a hotel or at a friend’s. It will recognise us, know our sleep patterns, preferred mattress firmness, pillow preference and linen requirements to automatically reconfigure the feel of the bed to be just like our one at home.

In the future, any time for relaxation will be highly valued. What better way to take a load off than on a weightless bed? Using a magnetic force generated from the base to elevate yourself into the ultimate in comfort. It’s big enough for the ultimate power nap or to sit quietly and watch the world go by.

What about a home flotation chamber? Bathtubs are so ‘old hat’, with the promise of a “womb-like” experience. Underwater LED lighting, a built in MP3 player and innovative filtration complete the zen-like experience.

Why wait? The technology is here, have the home of your dreams now!

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