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Barrett’s Technology Solutions Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

Barrett’s Technology Solutions Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

BARRETT’S TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS of NAPERVILLE, IL Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019   Awarded by Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users, Annual BOH Badge Highlights Home Remodeling & Design Professionals with Top Ratings and Most Popular Home Designs   January 28, 2019 – Barrett’s Technology Solutions of Naperville, IL has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The 52-year old technology integration firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2019” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. “We would like to thank Houzz for honoring Barrett’s with the ‘Best Of Customer Service’ award for the 4th year in a row” said Joe Barrett – President of Barrett’s Technology Solutions. “We strive to provide our clients with the highest levels of service & support and this recognition is very much appreciated.” “Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design,...
Save Energy this Winter with Motorized Blinds And Shades

Save Energy this Winter with Motorized Blinds And Shades

Regulate The Temperature Of Your Chicago, IL Home With Smart Technology January is the time for making commitments that improve your lifestyle, and for a lot of people, money-saving decisions are smart resolutions. One of the biggest expenses when it comes to living in Chicago during the winter is your heating bill, and the frigid temperatures can be brutal for the climate control system in your home. Luckily, there’s a smart home solution that can help you cut down on your utilities spending by adding insulation along with other temperature-regulating features. Keep reading to learn how motorized blinds and shades will keep your Chicago, IL home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. SEE ALSO: Why Are Motorized Blinds An Essential Smart Home Feature? Maintain A Consistent Temperature Your windows are responsible for most of the heat transference that occurs in your home, which is why having motorized blinds and shades is such an effective solution. Your window treatments create an insulating pocket of air between windows and the rest of the room, establishing a barrier that keeps your warm air from leeching outside and cold air from making its way in. That barrier also helps keep cold air inside during the summer, and by blocking sunlight, you’re also diminishing heat gain. When you’re having people over for entertaining, your home heats up. The stove and the oven are on while you’re preparing food, and as more people show up, their body heat raises the temperature. You want your home to be warm in the winter, but you don’t want people to get uncomfortable. By connecting your...
What Makes an Exceptional Multi-Room Music System?

What Makes an Exceptional Multi-Room Music System?

Listen to High-Performance Music Anywhere in Your Home We live in a musical world. The rise of streaming services makes it easier than ever to access nearly any song at any time, and music is now an essential part of how we move through the day and engage with our environment. Given how important music is in your daily routine, you want a sound system for your home that delivers high-performance audio in any room with the push of a button. A multi-room music system from Barrett’s Technology Solutions brings all of your audio sources together in a single control interface. Want to play classic rock in the kitchen, jazz in the living room, and top 40 hits on the back porch? Set the music for each zone by accessing streaming services and your home’s own media server from the same app. It only takes seconds to select the music of your choice and to adjust volume to the desired level. Read on to learn how Barrett’s creates multi-room music systems customized to bring the best audio to Chicago homes.   SEE ALSO: High-End Audio Solutions to Watch for This Year   Embrace the Unique Acoustics of Each Space Each room in your house is going to have different acoustic demands, and the design of your multi-room music system needs to consider the dimensions of the space, the layout of furniture, and different surfaces that can affect how sound moves around the room. Are there carpets and drapes absorbing sound? Leather furniture reflecting sound? The right balance of surface textures will give you a fuller listening experience, and we...
Go Inside Barrett’s First Technology & Design Expo

Go Inside Barrett’s First Technology & Design Expo

Exploring the Intersection of Technology and Design for Chicago Smart Home Installers   In a stunning showroom overlooking the Chicago River, the CEO of Leon Speakers paints a portrait of Chicago jazz legend Buddy Guy. Smart home installers, interior designers, and technology professionals sip margaritas while chatting over Big Star tacos, sharing details about their industries and learning how they can all benefit from recent advances in their respective fields. A raffle is being held benefiting Almost Home Kids, a transition home for kids with traumatic medical experiences, and two guests will walk away with the one-of-a-kind Buddy Guy painting and an iPad dock from TRUFIG. The atmosphere inside Merchandise Mart’s Pella Crafted Luxury showroom is relaxed, friendly, and interactive, with different smart technology manufacturers setting up their products in the rooms surrounding a communal space for food, drink, and presentations later in the afternoon.     Barrett’s Technology Solutions’ Technology & Design Expo was a first in our 52-year history, and the success of our their event on July 25th has highlighted the need for an annual showcase of how technology and design should work together. Wish you were there? Read on for a recap of the event to whet your appetite for the next expo.   SEE MORE: Partnering with a Smart Home Company: Frequently Asked Questions   Retailers Spotlight Their Latest Innovations Representatives from CinemaTech, Leon, Lutron, Meridian, Millson, Salamander, Savant, Séura, Sonance, Sony, and TRUFIG showed off their most recent innovations, giving guests the opportunity to experience these sophisticated smart home and business solutions first-hand. Sink into a luxurious CinemaTech home theater recliner, try out...
Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know

Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know

Tips to Achieving a Truly Successful Home Theater Installation   A successful home theater is about far more than having the latest 4K Ultra HD projector or the right seats to fit the theater theme. In order to create a theater that immerses the viewer in each film, it all starts with the architect. Size, shape, layout…the initial plans of a home theater lay the groundwork for the final product. So if you’re an architect in the Chicago, Illinois area, we invite you to read over these tricks of the trade to make your next home theater installation a success.   SEE ALSO: What’s the Key to Successful Home Theater Design?   Soundproofing Isn’t Optional Soundproofing is often an afterthought, something that’s addressed after the initial build of the theater is complete. But it’s so very important. A properly soundproofed room makes for a great theater, while a poorly soundproofed room is a theater that will seldom be used. For proper soundproofing, you must decouple the room. Only by decoupling the walls can you achieve the level of soundproofing needed for a dedicated home cinema.   Calculate Dimensions Based on Chairs We’ve seen it many times: after the theater room is built, the homeowners find out that it can’t accommodate the number of chairs they were planning on. Theater seating is far more complex than a standard living room or dining room. Each chair must be strategically placed to provide an ideal viewing and listening experience. It’s best to decide on the type of theater seating and number of desired seats before the room is planned out. That way,...
Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades

Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades

Are Your Windows Dressed to the Nines?   If you’re looking for that next upgrade for your home to make it look more stunning and luxurious, look no further than your windows – or rather, what’s hanging in front of them. Window treatments can have a huge impact on the look and feel of a room. Changing up that one element can go a long way toward making your home feel fresh and new. It’s also the perfect time to explore the possibilities of leveraging smart technology with your window treatments. Motorized blinds and shades offer many advantages, from convenience to energy savings, but their biggest value lies in their ability to make your Gold Coast home more beautiful. Keep reading to learn how.   SEE ALSO: DOES YOUR LIGHTING SYSTEM MAKE YOUR LIFE MORE LUXURIOUS?   The Perfect Brightness in Every Room Bright light can bring out the best in home décor and furnishings, but the struggle with natural light is that it can’t be controlled. Some days may be too bright, while other days will be dim and dreary. With standard window treatments, there’s nothing you can do to combat fickle weather. Motorized shades, on the other hand, give you the ability to control exactly how bright each room is. On particularly sunny days, the shades lower automatically to filter out the harshest rays, leaving a pleasant glow that’s not too overwhelming. On dimmer days, the same sensors that cause the shades to lower will alert the smart light fixtures in the room, causing them to brighten automatically.   Protect Your Furnishings from Sun Damage UV Rays...