When it comes to creating home designs that people will love, the livability factor can be as important as the look and feel of a property. Things that make living in a property more convenient, and give a house some extra ‘perks’, can really add to both the desirability and the value of a build.
Home security can be one area where making the right choices in the design can add value. While people can of course add their own security features when they own the property, often features added during the build process can be fitted more discretely, and can create the most suitable security solutions for the home. Additionally, people looking for a new build often want all the key features ready to use when they move in, so having built in security can be more appealing than having to make their own arrangements later on.
It is also worth considering that homeowners can benefit from lower home insurance premiums when they have strong home security measures in place, and this too can be seen as a benefit by people looking for a new property to buy. Homesecuritycompanies.net the leading authority on home security, say that good security is a factor many people underestimate the importance of when selling a new home.
So, what are the best types of security to consider when designing a new home if you want to make the end result as desirable as possible and add value to its price?
Alarms are an excellent form of home security when they are designed to be convenient to live with. People generally prefer intruder alarm systems that aren’t overly sensitive (nobody likes their alarm going off every time their cat jumps on a surface in the night). Intruder alarms that can be set remotely and also cancelled remotely are a must these days, and thanks to ‘Internet of Things’ technology, it can be easy to consider online alarm systems that can monitor a property and notify the owner (or authorities) of any abnormal activity.
Alarm systems can range from simple motion and proximity sensor based systems through to incredibly complicated smart intruder protection systems. How high end and how bespoke the system you choose for a property should be will depend a lot on both the level of luxury you are looking to create, and the type of property. Properties with a lot of doors and windows, for instance, can benefit from having custom alarm systems that can monitor for breaches of windows, conservatories and other potential intruder entry points.
Alarm systems can be standalone security solutions, but can also integrate with other smart digital security equipment, such as CCTV systems and security lights.
Motion activated security lighting can be a fairly simple, cost effective form of home security that can be appealing to homeowners and add to property value. Of course, this style of home security is only really a consideration for properties with outside areas, such as gardens or driveways. However, for homes with any access directly to the outside (unlike for homes within complexes), security lights should be thought of as a must have.
LED floodlights are the most commonly used in security lighting systems, as these are energy efficient, and reliable. A lighting system that serves as a security light as well as being useful as a normal outdoor LED can offer some great flexibility if the home is to have outdoor areas such as decks, patios or gardens where the homeowners may want to spend time or entertain in the evening.
If you want to use security lighting alongside a CCTV system, the design becomes important – you need to ensure the lights provide the best illumination in the areas covered by cameras. This makes it easier for the system’s user to tell from live footage what is going on outside their home, and also allows the system to gather the best possible evidence should there be an incident.
CCTV can be a real asset, especially in high end homes. With CCTV, there are now plenty of different options for both the interior and exterior of a property, and these can, if your design allows for it, provide constant monitoring and save recorded footage to the cloud. This can allow the user to monitor their home wherever they are via a secure web connection, and also means they won’t have to worry about running out of data storage space should they need to review footage from a previous date.
Cameras come in lots of different varieties, and while wireless cameras can be a good option for DIY home security, if you are building security into a new home, a wired solution can be better as battery life won’t be an issue for the users.
You can put cameras just about anywhere with the discreet designs available, however it is important to consider the most important places, such as entry points and outdoor areas. When positioning cameras, consider whether they will be able to get a good picture of someone’s face if they are entering through a major access point. Consider lighting too. Night vision cameras are of course an option, but you can normally get better footage by combining security lighting with the camera locations.
CCTV can also be a great security measure to include in designs for domestic buildings with communal areas, as it can enhance the sense of safety for people who need to use these spaces. Apartment lobbies, stairwells, elevators and roof gardens, for example, can be good places to have a centrally monitored CCTV system.
As you can see, these kinds of digital security measures can be very effective at making properties feel safer, and therefore hold greater appeal to buyers and potential residents. Adding security features is far easier when they have been considered during the design of the home, too. For this reason, whatever style of property you are working on, it can be well worth making provisions for some of these security measures, or having a full home security solution that integrates them all.