Home ownership is a quality long-term investment that families can live in while the value increases over time.

A relatively strong regional economy in the GTA coupled with low borrowing costs can make home ownership a great investment. And, at Toronto’s 2016 National Home Show it was clear that homeowners couldn’t agree more.

This year, the show’s focus was on integrating technology and sustainable living into a beautifully designed and decorated space. With over 700 exhibits, as well as a bevy of exciting celebrity guests and the newest home trends on display, there sure was a lot to see!

FutureDreamHome

The FutureDreamHome shone the spotlight on some of the latest home trends, while allowing visitors a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how a house is built. Combining beautiful architecture and design, while focusing on sustainable living and incorporating cutting-edge technologies as well as the latest building techniques and materials, this dream home did it all.

Panoramic, oversized windows gave a nod to nature, allowing the outside to come in. Plus, the latest and most stylish furnishings, appliances and products were on display, including a bathroom with a volcanic limestone bathtub and a granite apron sink, as well as a custom kitchen featuring solid walnut cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and lots of glass detailing. Key natural fabrics and materials used throughout the home included silk, wool, natural stone, nickel and gold leaf.

Best Buy Smart Home

A first for the National Home Show, the Best Buy Canada Smart Home featured a beautifully designed “typical” home decked out with the latest in smart home technology, including wireless technology, security solutions, smart light bulbs, smart thermostats, smart appliances and entertainment. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the exhibit was not just the amount of smart home technology available to the average consumer, but how many of these new technologies can work together with the simple tap of a tablet or Harmony Remote!

This exhibit demonstrated how easy it is to seamlessly integrate technology into our home, and it seems safe to say that we can expect the smart home to become even more connected in the years to come.

Tiny House Tour

Tiny House Construction Company presented a 200 square foot tiny home that could be toured, and the exhibit drew over 4,000 people a day. For many, the tiny house movement is an appealing alternative to traditional home ownership and the associated costs. In fact, the tiny houses built by Tiny House Construction Company range in price from $40,000 to $70,000. The exhibit touted the many advantages of smaller living including more efficient use of space, less maintenance, less debt, and a reduced environmental footprint.

While many are attracted to the prospect of tiny living and there are some unregulated areas in Ontario, it is generally illegal to live full-time in a tiny house in this province. If the interest in this exhibit is any indicator, we can expect the tiny house movement to continue to gain momentum in the future.


Originally published:
Friday, April 15, 2016
Mark McLean – Toronto Sun