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3 Smart Home Upgrades

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3 Smart Home Upgrades

Remodeling Project? It’s a Perfect Time To Add Smart Home Automation


Renovations are about bringing an older property up to current layout, lifestyle, and aesthetic trends.  If you’re doing a remodeling project for a client or a spec home, the renovation process is an opportune time to include the latest smart home technology.  According to a recent Houzz survey, over a quarter of renovating homeowners were prioritizing smart technology in their projects.

With the renovation, you should also consider upgrading a home’s technology to modern standards.  With that in mind, here are three smart home automation upgrades for your next Newport Beach remodel project.

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Lighting Control

Lighting control has many benefits.  You can tout its energy savings, convenience, and luxury factors.  With a lighting system like Lutron’s RA2, full control of lighting is effortless.  Your clients could create lighting scenes that match their activities, like getting ready in the morning or cooking in the kitchen.

The Lutron system could also have timed scenes, which could turn on outside lights at sunset each day and turn them off at sunrise.  One switch could be set to control and a bank of lights, making it easier to flip on as much light as needed easily while also retaining individual control of lights and zones.

Lutron’s RA2 is also wireless, so with some basic wiring for the controller the control pads can be placed in the most convenient areas.  With the Lutron Connect Bridge and App, the lights can be controlled from a smartphone as well as remotely from anywhere with an Internet connection.


Whole Home Audio

Now that the home is being renovated, it’s a perfect time to wire it for great sound.  Built-in speakers, like those from Sonance, would be a great choice to add pristine audio to dining rooms, family rooms, kitchens, and master baths and bedrooms.  With weatherproof outdoor models, the music could extend to the outdoors.

For the media room, a Sonos Playbar and sub can deliver home theater-worthy surround sound and streaming music in one sleekly-styled solution.  It can also be paired with a Sonos Connect and be part of a Sonos-based whole home streaming music solution, which includes services like Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify.


Smart Thermostat

Nest was one of the original products for smart climate control. Some homeowners want them for their sleek modern looks alone, but behind the excellent industrial design is the power of Google’s cloud that learns the homeowner’s patterns for HVAC use over time. Nest thermostats can pay for themselves with their efficient management of climate control.  The control from a homeowner’s smartphone, as well as integration with smart speakers like Alexa, make for a smart upgrade to bring your renovated home into the 21st century.


For more ideas on smart home technology upgrades, contact us to schedule a no-obligation consultation with our team.  We’d love to hear from you!