Making Sense of Smart Living.

admin March 12, 2018

“Sorry, I got stuck in traffic.” “Everything is such a mess.” “Wish things were more efficient around here.” These are just some common laments one hears and experiences in everyday life in Mumbai. The city has organically grown into a place where space is a luxury with an uncanny natural ability to make a day go by ever so quickly with little to show for it. But inspite of all its issues, the city continues to possess a constant excitement. The spirit of Mumbai in adapting to any situation deserves a salute. It’s often used descriptor, of the maximum city is apt. However, it also should encourage us to stop and think for a bit. How do we maximise our lives here? Is there a way we can make it better planned, cultivate a bit more structure, imbibe a more responsible lifestyle? In some sense – lead smarter lives.

The day begins and ends with home. The one place we all belong to and love to come back to. So in the lead up to living smarter lives, one question that does arise is – “How smart is your home?”. The term ‘smart home’ typically lends itself to occupy a certain perception that’s driven by technology. A tech-home. Something that a James Bond might have endorsed. But a home with tech-features is just one part of the larger eco-system of a smart home. It’s not just smart homes but smart living – which comes with a few other dimensions of what I’d prefer calling – Being ‘Home Smart’.

Being ‘Home Smart’ combines different aspects of a home. Let me highlight some of these below that make up the idea of being ‘Home Smart’.

Location Smart –  This involves living at a location where distances can significantly be erased so that the rest of the day becomes more productive. Being fairly central to the city at one level and then to your own life at another, with the convenience of access to most things that matter, being of paramount importance.

Price Smart – Everyone seeks a home that meets the aspirations of a good life. Often the ‘good life’ comes with a premium tag. But on a deeper search, one will be able to recognise a few properties that are not an over-pricing luxury and are able to make luxury more accessible with thoughtful design, materials and space management.

Facility Smart – Having an amenity, for example, multiple function rooms or a theatrette makes for a good to have in a building. But having the amenity and actually using it are two very different things. Very often it just decays into something one forgets about. But unfortunately one can’t forget about the maintenance costs that are attached to it.

Design Smart – A three-bedroom in 850 sq. feels like a challenge. But an architects vision of space optimisation, minimal column use, zero wastage, high ceilings can actually make room for wonderfully designed homes that enhance one’s interaction with space.

Environmentally Smart – This includes materials used that are eco-friendly and safe. From water-proofing, electrical planning and wiring to rain-water harvesting, sewage treatment, and lighting. A safe and sustainably designed home comes with a ‘smart’ tag.

Living smart in essence is living sensibly. It involves the seamless integration of thoughtful locations, efficient design, user-centric facilities, optimisation of technologies and real pricing. It will be one significant step in maximising life in the maximum city.