26 Jan Looking to Add Smart Home Automation to Your Projects in 2019?
Bring in a Smart Home Company Early
It’s 2019, and smart home technology continues to advance rapidly. Earlier this month, the giant CES consumer technology show in Las Vegas featured a burgeoning amount of smart home devices and systems. Beyond smart lights, cameras, and speakers, there were intelligent ranges, washers, dryers, coffeemakers, sprinkler controllers, and a host of others, some of which you might not know you needed.
As an architect, builder, or designer, you know your clients are interested in smart home automation. The popularity of devices of smart thermostats like Nest and Amazon Echo speakers engage people in the possibilities of home automation. On the other hand, you may not be an expert in all the available options, or how to evaluate which solution is best for your client. The details in planning for automation may also affect design decisions you and your clients will make.
You certainly don’t have to become an overnight expert in smart home technology. Brilliant AV has been planning and installing smart home automation in the finest properties in Laguna Beach and Orange County for many years. As professionals like you, this is what we do every day, and we can recommend and install the right solutions that fit your clients’ lifestyles and design considerations.
So, if you’re designing or building smart homes in 2019, read on for reasons why you want to involve a smart home company like Brilliant AV early in your project.
Smart Home Automation Is an Investment
Smart home automation not only makes daily life easier and more manageable for homeowners, but it can also increase the value of their home. New technology can also provide more flexibility in interior design, can streamline the control of house functions, and brings convenience and efficiency to the whole property — not to mention added security and comfort.
Just as you meticulously plan your projects, smart home technology takes some planning too. Features like smart lighting, security, and climate control are usually the ones that most homeowners are aware of and want to incorporate. These features may require customized low-voltage wiring. As you know, it is far easier and less costly to do this wiring after completion of the framing stage, and it’s also a relatively simple matter to make any changes for locations of controls like keypads or devices like cameras and lighting at that stage. With the proper low-voltage wiring in place, homeowners won’t have to worry that their home is ready to install new features — even ones they may not need or even know about yet.
Entertainment systems and Internet connectivity are also two important areas to homeowners. Of course, you know about the need for pre-wiring for some of those features. Because we do this all the time, we are experts in recommending solutions that will offer your clients the most flexibility in outfitting their smart home, such as the right cable for today’s intelligent security cameras and where you need speaker and other wiring for a home cinema and a whole home audio system.
Making the Design/Build Process Smoother
When we get involved early in a project, we listen to your client’s desires and questions. While the client may not want every piece of home technology in the beginning, we can plan for features they might want to add in the future. This might involve placing temperature sensors in key rooms so smart wireless thermostats can be installed in different locations, specifying in-wall acoustic treatment for a room that could become a media or theater room at a future date, or specific wiring that will support a smart lighting control system for the whole property.
If pre-wiring is done right, it includes what is needed immediately and also anticipates the future. New devices and features may need power outlets or junctions in walls and ceilings that aren’t part of standard electrical plans. With the right detailed planning, you can oversee the buildout confident that the project is ready for whatever your clients might choose. As you well know, clients also often change their mind throughout construction — so planning and flexibility are critical to avoid surprises and increased costs.
Here’s a specific example — perhaps your clients want whole home audio with invisible speakers. These are the types that sit extremely flush with the wall and can be finished with even the same texture as the walls. If the speakers are installed at the appropriate time, the wall finish — perhaps a custom faux process — can be done without rework to ensure a seamless look that will please your discerning clients.
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