3 Mistakes Builders Make with Smart Technology

3 Mistakes Builders Make with Smart Technology

Ensure You’re Installing Value-Added Solutions in Your Projects Over the past decade, smart home technology has gone from a rare upgrade to an expected feature for luxury residences. Technology helps custom builders attract better clients while differentiating themselves from their competitors. However, approaching technology the wrong way will have an adverse effect. Generic or disjointed solutions could turn future buyers away since they’ll see you’re not prepared to handle that kind of project. Reach out to Barrett’s Technology Solutions, the top smart home company in Hinsdale, IL and the greater Chicago area, who can help you best integrate technology into your projects. Along with educating you on the latest trends, we’ll partner with you directly to install state-of-the-art home automation systems in your new construction projects. Not only will you be able to add value to your projects, but you’ll be able to avoid the following common mistakes. SEE MORE: Sharing a Glimpse of the Future of Home Automation Relying on Devices vs. Experience Naturally, there’s often an instinct to just add the most popular devices to projects: lights, thermostats, locks, surveillance cameras, and more. Devices are left to function separately, with homeowners having to deal with a handful of apps to get through the day. How can you give clients an integrated smart home experience instead? Design a home automation system with the help of Barrett’s Technology Solutions that puts all their devices under one umbrella. One of our premier control system partners, Savant, offers full control from mobile apps, dedicated touchpads, voice commands and more. Leaving Technology Considerations Until the End Extensive wiring is needed when building...
Barrett’s Is Moving, But Our Commitment to Care Is the Same

Barrett’s Is Moving, But Our Commitment to Care Is the Same

Explore the Technology That Will Be on Display at Our New Location Big news from the team at Barrett’s Technology Solutions: We’re moving! We’ll be transitioning to our new office in Lombard over the coming months. What does this mean for you, our customers and trade partners? A more centralized location closer to downtown Chicago, the surrounding suburbs and lake home communities means quicker, more personalized service for all our clients. With brand-new technology systems on display, this new location also offers us the ideal environment to educate you on the best solutions for your space. By getting to experience the top technology on the market firsthand, you’ll be able to gauge which is the best fit. This move offers opportunities for longtime clients as well as those who may not be as familiar with us as a smart home company. Today’s blog showcases some of the things you’ll be able to explore at this experience center, whether you’re interested in home theater design, conference room technology for your business, or sprucing up your kitchen with the latest smart home technologies. SEE ALSO: 3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT Our existing and prospective customers, as well as our trade partners, will get to experience the best in smart technology at our new Lombard facility. Along with the features mentioned below, the new location will have a dedicated design office where we can best craft your next project. It will also have a rack building and testing space to ensure greater performance, reliability and quality control for all our installations. There will also be a lot of...
Sharing A Glimpse of The Future of Smart Home Automation

Sharing A Glimpse of The Future of Smart Home Automation

Barrett’s Technology Solutions brings specifiers to visit leading smart home manufacturers to learn about our evolving industry It’s crucial that a smart home company serve as a technology ambassador, educating specifiers and homeowners alike on the latest products, features and trends. From Illinois’ Gold Coast region to Chicago, the suburbs and beyond (as you’ll see below!), we take proactive steps to help our trade partners in particular know what role technology can play in their projects. As technology becomes such an integral part of homeowners’ lifestyles, it’s more important than ever that architects, designers, and custom builders be able to have conversations with them about how to optimize this aspect of their homes. That’s where Barrett’s Technology Solutions steps in to help, introducing our specifier partners to the top manufacturers in the smart home industry. As part of this ambassadorial role, Barrett’s hosted a group of specifiers on a trip to New York City to let them experience some of our favorite technology partners firsthand! Below are some highlights on what our group got to see during our trip. SEE ALSO: 3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades WHAT WE SAW We visited four different smart home experience centers during our trip: Savant, Delos, USAI Lighting and Lutron. Savant showed off their smart home control systems at their 8,000 square foot penthouse. There they showed our trade partners how these systems tie everything in a smart home together, giving clients simple control over all their automation technology. Homeowners can easily create customized scenes to engage their favorite technology features at the touch of a single button. And with a professional technology...
3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades

3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades

Chicagoland builders and designers should keep these systems in mind for their next retrofit or new construction projects We’re well into spring at this point in the year, which is both a seasonal high point for buying and selling homes. It’s also the time homeowners start thinking about spring cleaning, and both factors make this an ideal time for builders and designers to suggest smart home upgrades for their clients. But how do you stand out in a crowded market, especially as automation technology becomes increasingly common in homes? As the Chicago area’s leading smart home company, we’d suggest these three systems for your next project. SEE ALSO: Why Should Your Design-Build Firm Partner with Barrett’s? OUTDOOR LIGHTING CONTROL Spring and summer are the time for backyard barbecues and other get-togethers, which makes giving homeowners a way to make those events easier. Why should their backyard party stop just because the sun has set? With outdoor lighting control, the fun can last all night long. With outdoor lighting control, residents can highlight outdoor elements or architectural features to create a more customized and appealing design. In-ground well lights can add subtle lighting around plants or trees, while colored LEDs can help add some visual flourish to a home’s exterior aesthetic. These systems also give homeowners the same benefits lighting control provides in indoor spaces. Your clients get centralized controls using their phones, a substantial increase in energy efficiency and the opportunity to customize their exterior lighting to a much finer degree. HOME ENTRY SYSTEM If you are away from your home this spring on vacation or on a business...
5 Smart Home Systems That Make Your Life Simpler

5 Smart Home Systems That Make Your Life Simpler

Install these devices in your Naperville, IL home to improve your daily routine and ease stress It often seems as if advancements in technology change so rapidly it can be hard to keep up. Instant communication makes it easier to talk to loved ones across the country, but it also makes it easier for work to follow us home. High-definition audio and video allow us to enjoy a theater-quality viewing experience in our own homes, but controlling all your devices may involve half a dozen devices. The electronics in your home don’t need to be a source of stress, though. With the right home automation and control system, you regain control of your technology and can start having more fun around the house. At Barrett’s, we specialize in creating easy to use systems coupled with professional and dedicated support to help you and your family. Here are five systems a smart home company can install in your Naperville, IL home to simplify your life. SEE ALSO: Which Home Automation System is Right for Me? 1) MOTORIZED SHADES It’s likely that the only time you think about your shades is when you get up to lower them. Motorized shades are simply controlled remotely from your couch or your bed, so you don’t have to adjust them manually. Even better, you can set your shades to adjust themselves automatically based on a predetermined schedule or by following the path of the sun through the sky. 2) LIGHTING CONTROL Would you like to enjoy a more striking lighting design in your home while increasing your energy efficiency and making your fixtures simpler...
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...