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How we’ll be living in 2020

How do you think we’ll be living in the future? Michael Holmes, spokesperson for The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show, shares his thoughts. Would you buy smart clothes with a ‘Find My Child’ tracking system?



We’ve seen a lot of advances in technology in recent years, and it seems to be advancing at an ever increasing rate.

With voice controlled bluetooth devices (like everyones new best friend, Alexa) wireless charging, electric cars, VR, AR and smart technology which enables you to control your whole home from the palm of your hand; it seems like the future is a lot closer than you think.

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But where do we go from here? What’s the next step for making further progress in technology?

Michael Holmes, spokesperson for The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show (30 June – 1 July 2018, Sandown Park, Surrey, has shared his predictions for how we’ll be living in 2020.

Michael Holmes

Michael says:


Smart clothes will measure your movement, heart rate, breathing patterns and temperature, thereby constantly monitoring your health and fitness and diagnosing issues before you even notice.

Smart clothes could generate solar electricity and store it in batteries.

Smart clothes could assess UV exposure and help prevent sun burn.


Smart fabrics may also be able to adapt to your body’s temperature and moisture levels etc. so maximise comfort.


Smart clothes will be able to identify your exact size and ensure that clothes you order will fit your height, weight, size and body shape perfectly.


Smart clothes could include tracking for children so you can opt for ‘Find My Child’ on your smart phone!

The internet of everything will link every device in the house, and even our clothes, so everything will be able to communicate and our environment will adapt accordingly.

Ceilings and/or walls will be screens so you can project what’s going on outside, or another view such as lovely sky on the ceiling. The wall can also be a smart TV/computer monitor, also linked for comms like Skype etc. Security will be integral with this, so the property will know who is there and who should/should not be there. Central locking is already an option but likely to be more common.

Climate control will be commonplace for year-round manageable comfort.

We are likely to be living in multi-generational households – a trend we are already seeing.

The letterbox may change as we all receive more out of hours’ shopping/deliveries so somewhere secure to drop off everything as part of the property may be popular.

New developments should have combined heat and power, locally generated electricity, with the by-product of heat sold for hot water and heating on a metered basis.

Underfloor heating is becoming ubiquitous and will continue to spread its popularity, as will built in entertainments/technology.

What do you think about these predictions? How do you think we’ll be living in just 2 years time?

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park



Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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