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...
How Can You Learn More About Smart Home Technology?

How Can You Learn More About Smart Home Technology?

Architects, Designers, and Builders Can Stay Educated Through Our Blog Series   As your local smart home company, our role goes beyond installing custom technology throughout Chicago. We think it’s just as important to serve as an educational force. This is particularly the case when building partnerships with other professionals such as architects, designers, and builders. Through our CEU courses and our ongoing blog series, we strive to keep you informed on the latest in smart home technology and how you can use it in your projects. If this is your first time on the Barrett’s blog, welcome! There’s a lot of content available, but to make things easy, we’ve provided a list of the top five most popular articles from the last year: 1.    A Home Automation Wiring Guide Architects and builders have many clients that want smart technology installed during the construction stage. We agree this is the best time to install pre-wiring for a smart home to ensure it’s compatible with all their connected devices. With unique device and networking requirements, this installation can’t be done by an electrician. Don’t worry; your local smart home company is here to help! Check out this guide on how to incorporate home automation into the building process. 2.    The Latest Trends in Home Design The design and technology industries have one thing in common: they’re always evolving. As new design trends emerge, you should be looking to see what technological advancements are available to help you achieve them. In this blog, we highlight threesolutions that will help interior designers create beautiful, livable homes for their clients. Click here to find out how...
Celebrating 50 Years of Embracing Change

Celebrating 50 Years of Embracing Change

Innovation and Effort Have Made Us the Smart Home Company We Are Today Last night, Barrett’s Technology Solutions’ employees, partners, and clients came together to celebrate a momentous accomplishment: 50 years in business. Our Chicagoland company has grown tremendously both in staff and skill, with combined experience of personnel above 300 years! It is at times like this that it’s nice to take a step back and look out how far our smart home company has come and what the future holds. Where We Came From In 1966, the United States was on the brink of a media revolution. Music was exploding in popularity—The Beatles had just released Revolver, The Mamas & the Papas debuted their second hit album, and classic singles like Paint It Black and Good Vibrations were on every radio. On top of that, film productions were becoming more and more sophisticated, with epic films like Doctor Zhivago and The Sound of Music warring for Academy Awards. Between 1949 and 1969, the number of household televisions jumped from less than one million to 44 million. James R. Barrett saw an opportunity in this media revolution. With the growing popularity of color television, he started Barrett Magnavox, focusing on what was then the luxury brand for televisions and stereos. Over time, he began incorporating more notable brands, such as Mitsubishi and Bowers & Wilkins, in order to provide value for clients. By 1972, Barrett’s company was the second authorized Mitsubishi dealer in America. Where We Are Now Today, our company may use different brands, but our commitment to quality service and support has stayed constant. The business...