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Dream House | Living a cut above the rest

Published:Sunday | December 8, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Mankind moves with impatience as many companies, with the onrush of science and technology, and its manifold applications to human use, continue to dream, explore, discover and build the latest innovative items to enhance his living environment of tomorrow.

Transparent TVs you can see right through and smart mattress that alerts you if someone else is having sex in your bed are a reality right now. Researchers will, very soon, have you turning on lights, adjusting volumes on your TV by mere thought.

This column cannot be concerned only with houses that reflect the established building products of today, but must stay abreast of the revolutionary, novel, exciting ones of the future.

With this in mind, we travelled to the sold-out Home Design and Remodeling Show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (November 22-24). It was one of the largest, home improvement and design events in this part of the world. Here, we saw every type of cutting-edge product, for any and everywhere in your home; and encountered some of South Florida’s top celebrity house designers and builders.


Here are some of the products that grabbed and maintained my attention, and their companies’ comments.

1 Luxury custom LED lighting. Endless colour choices, bluetooth technology with programmable time and motion awareness. Your very presence activates it.

2 High-end, custom-designed, unique, handmade furniture with the best selected aged wood and highest quality epoxy resin available. All inspired by the wood itself.

3 Create your own unique stretch ceiling (a suspended ceiling system with a perimeter track and lightweight fabric membrane) that stretches over ceilings, and even walls. Various colours and textures, easier and quicker to assemble than any other ceiling system. Cost-effective, cheap to install, and no maintenance. It provides additional sound and heat insulation. It is also mildew-resistant and waterproof. Change the look of your room in just one day with printed images.

4 Superb quality, European, solid interior doors. Eco-friendly with natural veneers in wood and Italian enamel. Advanced technology.

5 A protective concrete coating with added decorative benefits. Applied to existing hard surfaces, the epoxy ultra floor coating is of a high-gloss finish, which resists stains, chipping, peeling, and fading. Featuring metallic, vinyl and coloured quartz. It is more durable than conventional tile, non-skid and maintenance free. It is much lower in cost when compared to replacement options, carrying with endless colours, designs, textures and patterns.

6 A simple, cost-effective way to refurbish your kitchen and bathroom. Back splashes, entire walls and countertops – digitally printed, and painted on tempered glass with LED background. It is trendy and low-maintenance, and has a number of design options available.

- Barry Rattray is a dream house designer and builder. Email: