Will Home Services Be Replaced By Drones and Robots in 20 Years?

Imagine it’s twenty years in the future, we’re in the year 2041 and you need a new retaining wall installed by stone mason. This home service, among many others, might be served by robots rather than humans. Imagine it!

You call up the company and a robot voice answers, “What can we help you with?”

You answer, “I’d like a cost estimate for a retaining wall.”

The robot books a time and a week later shows up to knock on your door. It may look cute, it may be ghastly, but it’s been specifically designed by scientists to be adept at stone masonry, and since it works for free of course your local stone masonry company bought it. The same would be for your local appliance repair or roofing company. Robots everywhere, doing your landscaping, your aquarium cleaning, etc.

But then there’s a scarier thought: What if all those local human-run businesses were replaced by robots too, government controlled or something! Instead of calling a company like Roofing Victoria for a shingle repair, you might be using an app to summon a robot from a major corporation. Think of it!

In a free market, whoever is the company to have a line of robotic home service experts first will be able to dominate the market, not just locally but nationally or internationally as drones from the hub base could fly in all the materials and robots to get any job done in a fraction of the time and cost it would take small, human-run businesses today.

But maybe this isn’t such a scary thought, depending on your outlook. I actually doubt something like this would happen in the next twenty years, but maybe the next few hundred years for sure. If it does happen, it’ll be sad to remember all the historical humans who were once masters of their crafts, helping other humans.

What do you think? Let me know because I’d love to chat about it.

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Installing an Outdoor Fireplace – Should You Do It?

Welcome to the blog all about cool stuff related to appliances. Although most people might not consider an outdoor fireplace to be an appliance, we do because at a friend’s summer home in West Vancouver BC they use their outdoor fireplace like an oven whenever they visit on vacation. The major difference from an outdoor fireplace and an indoor kitchen oven, however, is that when your oven breaks down you hire an appliance repair technician but when your outdoor fireplace needs repairs you usually need to hire a stone mason or bricklayer to fix it.

If you’ve never experienced cooking with an outdoor fireplace before, let this post serve as inspiration for you to install one on your own property.

3 Reasons Why Every Home Owner Should Have an Outdoor Fireplace

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  1. Outdoor fireplaces are a great collecting ground for the family to gather. The living room in homes traditionally functions as a gathering space for family members, but only because they don’t have an outdoor fireplace. When you have a gazebo around it with comfortable chairs, it’s possible to stay warm even in winter and cook marshmallows in your own backyard.
  2. If you’re one who loves company, having an outdoor fireplace will make all your friends want to come over. Combine good music with beautiful landscaping and your outdoor fireplace will be a desirable destination for events among your friends. At my friend’s backyard in their West Vancouver summer home, for example, they had a wedding there. Lot’s of preparation was needed to host a whole wedding there, though. They hired a masonry Vancouver BC contractor to widen the outdoor fireplace and replace much of their grass with paving to fit more chairs and make the area more comfortable. So keep in mind you may have to do something similar if you wish to turn your backyard into a place where friends can host events.
  3. Having an outdoor fireplace is a way to escape from all the electronics of modern society. We’ve discussed before about the problem of there being too many electronics in our world today, so let this be a solution. And let me tell you there’s nothing like being able to escape from the modern world in your own backyard. When you go out in the yard at night to look at the stars and kick your feet up by the fire, you may feel transported back into a historical time before electricity was invented.

These were my 3 reasons why you should get an outdoor fireplace, but we could continue to add more and more reasons. Reasons like they add value to your property if you sell your home in the future. But let this be enough, for these reasons were enough to convince my own household to call up a masonry contractor and get a cost estimate. Seriously consider this because they make home-time with the family all that much better, raising the quality of life for everyone in your home.