3 Trends To Enhance Your Home Theater Design And Technology

3 Trends To Enhance Your Home Theater Design And Technology

Upgrade Your Entertainment In Your Chicago Home The frigid Chicago winter is upon us, which means you’re about to spend a lot more time indoors. The next few months are going to be full of home entertainment: binging Netflix shows, catching up on the year’s biggest movies, getting lost in the digital worlds of video games. Whether you’re looking to create a dedicated home theater or turn your living room into a multi-purpose media room, you have a lot of options when it comes to design and technology elements. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the biggest trends in home theater design and technology. These tips and upgrades will enrich how you engage with media in your Chicago home, making it easier to endure the harsh winter season. SEE ALSO: How Sound Meets Style in Your Design Plans  Create A Hybrid Media Space What are the viewing habits of the people in your household? They probably vary dramatically, and a hybrid media space accommodates everyone’s individual needs. To go from casual TV viewing to a more cinematic movie experience, mount a flat-screen TV flush against the wall for the former and have a projector screen drop down in front of it for the latter. For the Netflix lovers in your home, your go-to TVs should be Sony’s Master Series OLED 4K Ultra HD Smart TV. They have a Netflix Calibrated mode that was designed with Netflix professionals to provide the same level of detail as the monitors used in Netflix’s studios. The surround sound system in this room can be used to create an immersive audio environment for...
Why Should Your Design-Build Firm Partner With Barrett’s?

Why Should Your Design-Build Firm Partner With Barrett’s?

Learn The Benefits Of Working With A Professional Smart Home Installer As integrating smart home automation becomes the standard for new homes, design-build firms need to learn how to utilize this technology without causing too many headaches for workers and homeowners. The issue is that the world of smart technology is vast and constantly expanding, and it is difficult to gain in-depth industry knowledge when your firm is already so busy. That’s why working with a smart home installer like Barrett’s Technology Solutions is a great solution for your business. We pride ourselves on collaborating with designers, builders, architects, and other trade professionals in Naperville and the surrounding Chicagoland area to find the exact smart solutions they need for their projects. Keep reading to learn how partnering with Barrett’s takes the stress off your staff so they can focus on what they do best. SEE ALSO: Builders: Are You Prepared for Your Smart Home Projects?  One Company For All Your Smart Home Needs There are a lot of different smart technologies out there, and rather than going to different dealers for each separate component, you can count on Barrett’s as your one-stop resource for your entire smart home project. Whether your client is looking for smart lighting control, a network of surveillance cameras, or in-wall speakers for every room, Barrett’s has the expertise and the manufacturer connections to help you get exactly what you need and create a design and installation plan that makes the process run smoothly. We’re a smart home installer that takes pride in our ability to stay organized and work efficiently as we multi-task. This...
Why Are Motorized Blinds An Essential Smart Home Feature?

Why Are Motorized Blinds An Essential Smart Home Feature?

Learn The Benefits Of Motorized Blinds For Your Hinsdale Home At our Technology & Design Expo in July, representatives from the smart lighting company Lutron explained to visitors about motorized blinds and shades that are taking the smart home industry by storm, rapidly growing in popularity in residential markets after becoming a fixture of commercial spaces. Offices, stores, and restaurants have been taking advantage of motorized window treatments for years, and Barrett’s is proud to partner with Lutron to bring smooth, whisper-quiet blinds and shades to homeowners in Hinsdale and the greater Chicagoland area. Why has this smart home device seen such a popularity boost in recent years? Because it hits three critical aspects of automated technology: beauty, comfort, and convenience. Keep reading to learn why motorized blinds and shades are a must-have technology for your Hinsdale smart home. SEE ALSO: Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades Enhance Your Home’s Design Much of your home’s atmosphere comes from the lighting, and motorized blinds and shades give you more control of your home’s appearance by regulating how much natural light enters your space. Program your window treatments to automatically adjust throughout the day to match the sun’s movement, or set specific scenes that reposition your shades and change your smart lighting configuration at the same time. The treatments themselves are elegant and fully customizable to match the décor of your home, and there’s a wow factor when you pull out your smartphone and push a button to have all of your blinds change their position simultaneously. Because you have such precise control, you can get creative with how...
Discover The Wonders Of A Smart Home Theater

Discover The Wonders Of A Smart Home Theater

Incorporate Smart Technology In Your Home Theater Installation When planning for a dedicated home theater, most homeowners think about the most obvious components first: audio, video, and seating. This makes a lot of sense because these components play the most significant parts in your viewing experience, but there’s much more to consider for a home theater installation. Smart home technology has made it easier than ever to replicate the theater experience by eliminating the hassles of setting up your space, and in many instances, it makes your home theater superior to your local multiplex. Keep reading to learn about three different smart technologies that help you make the most of your Chicago home theater installation. SEE ALSO: Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know Smart Lighting A key moment in the theater experience is when the lights go down and the audience sits in anticipation for the movie begin. It’s when everyone’s attention shifts away from their phones or the person sitting next to them and they focus on the screen. It’s hard to capture this moment by flipping a light switch, but with smart lighting control, you can program your lights to dim at the specific time the movie begins. If you need to make any lighting adjustments, all you have to do is open your smart home control app to gain instant access to your fixtures, and you have a variety of options to create the exact lighting configuration you need. Media Distribution You’ve outfitted your dedicated home theater with 4K video and Dolby Atmos surround sound, but how are you playing your media? With...
Builders: Are You Prepared for Your Smart Home Projects?

Builders: Are You Prepared for Your Smart Home Projects?

Enhance Your Hinsdale Projects With Smart Home Automation You’re building a new home in Hinsdale, and your client wants a comprehensive smart home automation system. They want to include high-performance multi-room audio video, smart lighting, climate control, motorized shades, and a security system with cameras, sensors, and automated locks. These devices demand particular skills to operate without hiccups or headaches for the end user, and can complicate residential project for trade professionals that don’t specialize in technology integration. A smart home company like Barrett’s Technology Solutions offers a variety of options for builders, so that we can handle all of the technology components while you focus on detail of the project. An improper installation can make a negative impression on your client, so we go above and beyond to ensure that every aspect of a smart home system is meticulously designed, installed, and programmed. Keep reading to learn how working with a smart home company makes it easier to bring smart home automation to your residential projects in Hinsdale, Naperville, and the greater Chicagoland area. SEE MORE: Partnering with a Smart Home Company: Frequently Asked Questions Communication and Collaboration Automated technology adds value to a home, and starting a new construction with smart technology in mind prevents homeowners from having to worry about a challenging retrofit installation down the line. Smart homes integrate electronic systems into the overall design, which means that plans need to account for the structured wiring and equipment areas needed to make these systems function correctly. Playing this by ear is how costly mistakes are made, and preparation is how you guarantee success. Builders don’t...