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What’s the Key to Successful Home Theater Design?

What’s the Key to Successful Home Theater Design?

Get Illinois Builders, Interior Designers and Homeowners on the Same Page When designing and installing a private cinema, there are so many different factors that go into creating that perfect movie-watching environment. Builders, electricians, AV experts, interior designers, and other contractors all have to work together to achieve the homeowner’s vision. With that many cooks in the kitchen, avoiding miscommunication and mishaps along the way is the goal. Barrett’s Technology Solutions takes a proactive approach to Chicagoland home theater design and installation projects. We manage the entire process to ensure that everyone is on the same page about what needs to happen at what time in order to streamline the cinema installation. Read on to learn about the role that strong project management and AV expertise play in home theater success. During the Design Phase Designing a home theater is about more than picking out fabrics or a theme. It starts with assessing the room’s size, shape, and layout, then coming up with a plan that provides the best audio and visual experience. Your home theater installer will work with your interior designer (and architects and builders for new construction) to plan out the best placement of seating, screen, any hidden technology, etc. in a way that works well for everyone involved. During the Construction Phase If the theater is part of building a new home, it’s vital that your home theater installer be involved with the architects and builders during the construction process. During this phase, the installer can ensure the room is pre-wired with the right power and networking capabilities for the theater equipment. Collaborating early on...
A Quick Guide to Home Automation Wiring for Builders and Architects

A Quick Guide to Home Automation Wiring for Builders and Architects

How to Set Up Wiring for Smart Home Success In Chicagoland, the smart home market is growing fast. More and more homeowners are seeking out automation technology right from the start—during new construction. For builders and architects who are just now dipping their toes into smart home technology, it can be difficult to know what you need to do during the construction stage to ensure that the home is built to support smart devices. Below, we’ve put together a short guide to home automation wiring so that you can better understand your role in smart home construction and ensure that your Illinois home buyers are fully satisfied with their investment. Why Pre-Wire? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that old saying holds just as true for new home construction. Pre-wiring creates a strong technology foundation for smart home automation. Consider a home that doesn’t have home automation wiring. The homeowners move in, start adding smart devices, and find that there aren’t the appropriate cables and wiring accessible in each room. What happens next? An automation contractor has to go back into the home, open up the walls, and redo the wiring anyway. It makes much more sense (and results in far happier homeowners) to do it right the first time. How Will Home Automation Affect the Home Building Process? Architects already put a lot of thought into the purpose and design of each room, but smart homes require even more planning upfront. When building a custom home, you need to know more than just what each’s room’s purpose will be—you need to have a...