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...
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...