Partnering with a Smart Home Company: Frequently Asked Questions

Partnering with a Smart Home Company: Frequently Asked Questions

Team Up with Chicago’s Technology Experts If you’re a builder working the Windy City, you’re familiar with homeowners’ high expectations. Specifically, they expect smart technology in their homes. Whether you’re renovating an old Gold Coast property or you’re building a new residence in Clarendon Hills, integrating electronic devices is an essential part of the process. We understand how daunting it can be to form a new partnership with a smart home company. In this blog, we’ll answer some of your most frequently asked questions when choosing a system integrator. Keep reading to find out what you should be looking for in your next technology partner. See Also: Must-Have Smart Home Technology for Luxury Homes in 2018   Why are clients so interested in smart technology? Homeowners today want convenience at their fingertips. With the rise in popularity of voice control devices like Amazon Alexa, Google Home and just about any modern smartphone, they’re used to easy access to information and services. And who wouldn’t want a home that anticipated their every need? With a smart home system, homeowners can complete multiple tasks with the touch of a button. A single tap or voice command on a control device can dim the lights, lower the shades and start up all AV equipment in a given room. It’s a fun and useful way to simplify their lifestyle.   Aren’t Amazon Alexa and other devices wireless? If so, why work with an integrator? A common question for both industry professionals and homeowners alike: why don’t I just do it myself? With so many smart devices on the market today, it may seem...
How to Get a High-Quality Movie Experience without the Clutter

How to Get a High-Quality Movie Experience without the Clutter

The Innovative Approach to Home Theater Design: CinemaFrame® Over the years, home theater systems have become more and more refined. Chicagoland homeowners no longer have to devote an entire room to clunky speakers, receivers, projectors, and other media equipment if they want to enjoy movies with the best audio and visuals possible. Instead, hidden technology has made it possible to keep the design clean without compromising on performance. You can hide the speakers in the ceiling, tuck away the AV equipment in a media cabinet, and run wiring behind the walls. But there’s always room for improvement. Instead of finding areas throughout the room to tuck away technology, the latest innovation in home theater design is through CinemaFrame®. Keep reading to learn about this gorgeous home entertainment system and how it could fit into your Illinois property. What is CinemaFrame®? CinemaFrame® is the world’s first completely concealed home entertainment system. It is designed to seamlessly fit into any space – whether a dedicated home theater or general media room – by installing high-quality speakers and AV equipment behind the television. Here at Barrett’s Technology Solutions, we typically like to focus more on the experience for our clients, not a specific product or manufacturer. But we’re making an exception for CinemaFrame® because the unique design is something that we feel will greatly benefit our clients.     The Look The CinemaFrame® system uses a thin frame around the TV to transfer the high-end audio from the hidden speakers to the movie-watchers. To achieve that audio transfer, acoustically transparent materials are used. The trim fabric comes in four different patterns and...

Home Theater- From Start to Finish

If you’re looking for someone to manage your project from start to finish, giving you more time to relax and enjoy the result, there’s no better place than Barrett’s Technology Solutions. A client who had done business with Barrett’s in the past, returned to their store when he was in the middle of remodeling his basement. “He wanted us to install a personal theater, not just a media room,” remembers Mark Folkers, Project Administrator. “He had seen our showroom and knew he wanted a ‘statement’ theater, but was looking for our guidance in designing it.” The Process The first step in the process involved a walkthrough of the space where Barrett’s made recommendations on what could be done. The client then came back to the store for a demonstration of a custom theater room. “When they saw the presentation,” Folkers adds, “they said, ‘We have to have that.’” Once the client had a clear vision for what the theater would be, it was time for Barrett’s to meet with the company in charge of the remodel. “We reviewed the builder’s plans, talked about the requirements for electrical service, the riser design, lighting and other design issues for the theater,” Folkers states. Barrett’s project management team kept in close contact with the remodeler. When the room was completed and painted, Barrett’s came in to integrate the electronics, complete the programming, and install the acoustic treatments. The Room The entire room is treated with acoustic sound panels. The first function of these is to optimize the acoustics of the room to enhance the performance of the speakers. A home theater isn’t...