Smart Technology Products To Use Around The Home

Let’s get familiar with smart tech

If you’re not into smart technology yet, now’s the time to get clued up. This phenomenon is everywhere now – from our offices to our homes. In today’s blog post, we’re going to run through some of our favourite smart tech products that are going to make your life a whole lot easier. And don’t worry if technology scares you! This post explains how to get familiar with the world of smart technology and just how to use these little gadgets. Keep reading to discover the top smart tech buys available on the market right now.

Virtual assistants

Ever wished you could plan your route to work (missing out traffic) or dress for the weather without having to make a Google search on your laptop or phone? Well, intelligent hands-free devices are smarter than ever and with a virtual assistant, you’ll never need to open up an app again. The most popular products on the market also have their own smaller and cheaper version if you don’t want to commit straight away to a full-size model. Each product has its own built-in virtual assistant that can talk to you and listen back. These clever little things will answer your questions, as well as follow any commands. For example, when you wake up you can ask your assistant to play an album for you on Spotify (they have built-in speakers!). They’ll also tell you what the weather’s going to be like today and how the traffic’s looking. Your mornings just got a whole lot easier. And in the evenings, you can ask your assistant how to finish off a recipe you’re trying out or where the nearest place to pick up some milk is. Handy!

Smart thermostats

Are you a sucker for keeping your bills on track? Don’t like to waste energy or walk into a cold house? Whatever your penchant when it comes to the heating, a smart thermostat will give you much more control than you’ve ever had. Essentially, the device is like any other portable thermostat that you might have seen before. Except for this time, you can connect it up to your phone or tablet (or any other device). Here’s what you can do with one:

  • Turn your heating on or off whilst you’re away from home
  • Multi-room control
  • Turn your hot water on or off (dependant on your system)
  • Feedback on how you use your heating
  • Protect your pipes during holidays
  • Connect up to your virtual assistant!

Bear in mind that smart thermostats are different from smart meters, which simply outline how much energy you’re using.

Security cameras

For those of you who are protective of your home and belongings, there’s no shame in having a little extra security around the place. If it gives you peace of mind, it’s worth it. Granted, some of you may already have cameras in place. However, there are now smart versions that can ramp up your security even more! Basically, when you install new smart security cameras you’ll be able to hook them up to an app on your smartphone or tablet. This connection allows you to do a whole range of things from monitoring your alarms and motion sensors to checking up on the dogs while you’re at work. Some models also come with built-in path lights and fobs to enter your home.

Interested in equipping your home with smart technology?

There’s never been a better time to get going with smart tech. All the major electrical stores have great deals and bundles year-round, but this time of year is especially exciting. As Black Friday and Christmas approaches, you couldn’t choose a better time to invest in your first gadget. If security cameras, thermostats or virtual assistants don’t quite make the cut, look out for smart bulbs, speaker systems and dimmer switches to make your home ultra-modern and ready for the future. And if you are thinking of building a new home, all of this (and more!) could be yours. Please get in touch with us today if you have any enquiries about building your own home and how to incorporate smart technology into this.

Get Inspired By These Incredible Self-Build Homes

As we spoke about in an earlier blog post, self-build is an umbrella term for thinking up, designing and building a home entirely from scratch. In the literal sense, it refers to an individual building their home without the use of a company or external resources. However, in this day and age, self-build often refers to an individual using a dedicated ‘self-build’ company to help them in making their creative ideas a reality. Property developers tend to build houses in similar styles and layouts across estates. But if you’re looking for something a little more unique and tailored to you, a self-build company may be able to help.

So, now you know what self-build is and think you might like to consider it, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite projects to date. At CB Homes, we specialise in developing self-build properties using our ultimate ‘turn-key’ service – this means our customers don’t have to lift a finger. Here are just a few examples of what we can do:

Get inspired by these self-build homes

Fourways Stud

This beautiful agricultural home is located in the heart of open Cheshire countryside. Sympathetically designed to fit into surrounding buildings and geography, this wonderful project was built to strict planning and building regulations. Both CB Homes and the customer were incredibly pleased with the results of this property – it perfectly fits into its rural surroundings with a solid wood door and window frames.

Hill Top Farm

Our clients knew exactly what they wanted from their self-build. We had a few issues to contend with. These being that the plot was close to ancient woodland and access was difficult for delivery vehicles. However, we were all incredibly pleased with the finished result. Some of the incredible features include the traditionally jointed oak frame, solid oak staircase and large glazed areas. These optimise the natural light throughout the house.


The Woodlands was always going to be an energy-efficient, contemporary home. Our clients were set on their ideas from the start. We built in an air source heat pump for underfloor heating to both floors, used a through-colour render for the exterior walls and installed triple glazed windows. If eco-friendliness and mod-cons are your cup of tea, you’ll love this beautiful home. So do our clients!


Our clients could see great potential when they first laid eyes on this unique hill plot. Working tightly alongside them, our team came up with a few solutions to work around the landscape. They also had to utilise the incredible views across the Cheshire Greenbelt, of course! There are some really lovely features to this self-build. The luxurious balcony, the bridge to the rear garden and underfloor heating throughout are just a few.


Interestingly, this self-build was a downsizing project for our clients. Their existing home was a beautiful Edwardian property built on a one-acre plot within a conservation area, with connecting double garage outbuildings. We replaced said outbuildings with a sympathetically designed coach house-style property consisting of four bedrooms and a private outlook.

Like the look of our self-build homes?

Is this something you’d be interested in? Don’t hesitate. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help fulfil your self-build dreams. In the meantime, why not follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for even more inspiration and sneak peeks!