Giving Clients What They Really Want: Evan Christensen and Harry Hamilton on Home Automation: above grade automation, architects, california, home automation, interior design, san-francisco, smart home,

Giving Clients What They Really Want: Evan Christensen and Harry Hamilton on Home Automation

Posted December 11, 2018

We interviewed Harry Hamilton and Evan Christensen from Above Grade Automation to find out what they love about the home automation industry, how they give clients the smart home results they really want, and how other industry professionals can take advantage of their honed technological expertise.

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Multi-Room Audio Systems—Simplifying the Art of Music Listening: audio, multi-room, multiroom, nurture, smart-home, speakers, triad,

Multi-Room Audio Systems—Simplifying the Art of Music Listening

Posted December 10, 2018

A multi-room audio system can consolidate all of your music components—streaming devices, CD players, satellite receivers, and more—into one simple-to-use product that distributes every song from every source and music library to speakers positioned throughout your house. This means that you can cue your favorite compilation of classics in the kitchen while someone else delves into disco in the den.

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Smart Intercoms are the Way to Go for Better Communication: doorbell, intercom, intercom-anywhere, nurture, video-doorbell,

Smart Intercoms are the Way to Go for Better Communication

Posted December 10, 2018

Remember those intercom boxes that passed your voice to other clunky boxes inside the home? Remember when they were considered high-tech? While intercom systems still play a part in a smart, connected lifestyle, they’ve grown so much more sophisticated in their capabilities.

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Control4’s Holiday Traditions From Around the Globe: holiday, holidays,

Control4’s Holiday Traditions From Around the Globe

Posted December 6, 2018

Tis’ the season for holiday traditions! In order to get you feeling merry and bright, we’re sharing some of our favorite memories and traditions from team members around the globe. From matching PJ’s to sibling sleepovers, you may just find a new one to introduce to your own family.

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​Smart Lighting is a Brilliant Addition to Any Home: convenience, nurture, smart lighting,

​Smart Lighting is a Brilliant Addition to Any Home

Posted December 6, 2018

Offering greater home security, energy efficiency, convenience and comfort, smart lighting delivers plenty of bang for the buck.

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Keep Your Hands to Yourself!: amazon alexa, nurture, voice control,

Keep Your Hands to Yourself!

Posted December 6, 2018

Voice control technology offers a completely hands-free way to operate lights, thermostats, door locks and more.

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How Louie Delaware and the Living In Place Institute is Bettering the Home: accessible design, aging in place, denver, interior design, living in place,

How Louie Delaware and the Living In Place Institute is Bettering the Home

Posted December 5, 2018

If you’re an interior designer, builder, or architect wondering how you can elevate your design strategy process, look no further than Louie Delaware and the Living In Place Institute. We asked him about his background and career switch, why Living In Place designs should be the new standard for any build or remodel project, and how smart technology can help empower people with injuries or disabilities to better live in their homes.

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Only the Best: Why Designer Suzi Kaloti Uses Technology to Delight Clients: interior design, smart home design, smart home professional, toronto,

Only the Best: Why Designer Suzi Kaloti Uses Technology to Delight Clients

Posted November 27, 2018

We were able to spend a little time with award-winning designer Suzi Kaloti, and so we asked her about her passion for every project, why smart home technology is an integral part of her designs, and how her long-term commitment to the spaces she creates sets her business apart.

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​Four Tips for an Extraordinary Home Theater Experience: cinema, home theater, home-theater, nurture,

​Four Tips for an Extraordinary Home Theater Experience

Posted November 20, 2018

The cornerstone of any great home theater is the A/V gear. A big, bright screen, a stellar surround sound system, and high-res components are critical to the experience. However, if this equipment is too difficult to operate, you’ll quickly begin to lose interest in your entertainment investment.

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Inspired by Integration: David VanWert's Thoughts on the CEDIA Design Tour: cedia 2018, integrators, interior design,

Inspired by Integration: David VanWert's Thoughts on the CEDIA Design Tour

Posted November 20, 2018

David VanWert provides expert technology solutions for his clients, so we asked him for his expert opinion on leading the CEDIA Design Tour, how his business is unique in the industry, and what he recommends for a designer to get started with home automation.

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IS BAD WIFI DUMBING DOWN YOUR HOME?: network, nurture, pakedge, pcna, professional, smart-home, smart-home-trends, wifi, wireless,

IS BAD WIFI DUMBING DOWN YOUR HOME?

Posted November 16, 2018

Is your wireless connection, or lack thereof, driving you mad? Do you find yourself excited to add smart gadgets to your home only to be frustrated by sluggish service and the constant loss of connectivity?

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Control4 Amazon Alexa Skill is Available in New Regions: alexa, amazon, echo,

Control4 Amazon Alexa Skill is Available in New Regions

Posted November 16, 2018

Control4 customers in Mexico, Spain, Italy, France and French-speaking Canada can now enjoy the convenience of hands-free home automation.

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HIGH-TECH SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR BATHROOM: atlanta, bathroom, boston, chicago, dallas, denver, indianapolis, london, los-angeles, miami, new-york-city, phoenix, salt-lake-city, san-francisco, toronto,

HIGH-TECH SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR BATHROOM

Posted November 15, 2018

The bathroom is not exempt from the home tech shake-up. In fact, some of the most exciting smart tech solutions are designed for the bathroom and offer high-tech luxury bathing, increased connectivity and productivity, or even water and energy efficiency.

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HOME SECURITY GETS SMARTER, MORE SOPHISTICATED: atlanta, boston, chicago, dallas, denver, home automation, home security, indianapolis, los-angeles, miami, new-york-city, nurture, phoenix, safety, salt-lake-city, san-francisco, security system, smart home, smart security, toronto,

HOME SECURITY GETS SMARTER, MORE SOPHISTICATED

Posted November 14, 2018

When integrated as part of a home automation platform, a smart security system can provide extraordinary peace of mind and help your home run like a well-oiled machine. In addition to controlling more obvious security-related devices such as electronic door locks, surveillance cameras, and motion sensors, they can also keep your home safe from environmental dangers and infrastructure-related issues with sensors that report flooding, power shortages, and extreme swings in temperature.

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Smart and Sophisticated Lakeshore Living: boston, chicago, indianapolis, los-angeles, new-york-city, san-francisco, smart-home-stories, toronto,

Smart and Sophisticated Lakeshore Living

Posted November 13, 2018

This luxurious property is truly a work of art. It contains unique furnishings, exotic decorations, and luxurious amenities, including a state-of-the-art smart home system and in-home golf simulator.

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Always Looking Ahead: Gary Nance and the Award-Winning Geist Reservoir Home: architectual designer, indianapolis, premier smart homes, smart home design, smart home expert, smart lighting,

Always Looking Ahead: Gary Nance and the Award-Winning Geist Reservoir Home

Posted November 13, 2018

We sat down with architectural designer Gary Nance to talk with him about the breathtaking Geist Reservoir Home, the “Integrated Home of the Year 2018” by Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association (CEDIA).

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Knowledge is Power: Jim Patten on Smart Home Education Courses: architects, ceu courses, interior design, nashville, smart home expert,

Knowledge is Power: Jim Patten on Smart Home Education Courses

Posted November 6, 2018

We asked Jim Patten how he approaches CEU courses for design industry professionals, what these professionals should know about smart home technology, how he discovered his own passion for automation, and what he sees as an important next step for the technology and design industries.

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An Integrated Vision: Joe Whitaker on Leading the CEDIA Design Tour: cedia, design tour, integrator, interior design, joe whitaker, smart home, smart tech, st louis, the thoughtful home,

An Integrated Vision: Joe Whitaker on Leading the CEDIA Design Tour

Posted October 30, 2018

We sat down with Joe Whitaker to ask him about how he became a top integrator, what his experience was like leading the Control4 CEDIA Design Tour, and his overall thoughts on smart home technology.

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SMART THERMOSTATS SIMPLIFY AND SAVE ON HOME HEATING AND COOLING: atlanta, boston, chicago, comfort, dallas, denver, los-angeles, miami, new-york-city, nurture, phoenix, salt-lake-city, san-francisco, smart-home-trends, thermostat, toronto,

SMART THERMOSTATS SIMPLIFY AND SAVE ON HOME HEATING AND COOLING

Posted October 29, 2018

Today’s ultra-intelligent thermostats ensure that your house is always comfortable and your utility bills are in check.

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Get a Smart-Home Expert in Your Corner: About Robin Fisher’s Newfound Love for Home Automation: front door experience, interior design, kitchen and bath design, portland, smart home design, smart home expert, smart-home-stories,

Get a Smart-Home Expert in Your Corner: About Robin Fisher’s Newfound Love for Home Automation

Posted October 26, 2018

Robin R. Fisher connected with Control4 at the CEDIA Design Tour and was intrigued and impressed by the Control4 comprehensive smart-home system. After the tour, she met with Evolved Home, a local Control4 smart-home expert in her area, and so we decided to check in to ask her about her experience, thoughts, and current journey with home automation.

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Take FLAC for Premium Sounding Music!: atlanta, boston, chicago, dallas, denver, los-angeles, miami, multiroom audio, new-york-city, phoenix, salt-lake-city, san-francisco, smart-home-trends, streaming music, toronto,

Take FLAC for Premium Sounding Music!

Posted October 17, 2018

Whether setting the mood at a party, providing background noise while doing chores, playing at ear-splitting levels while Risky-Business-dancing around the house in your underwear, or focusing on a favorite recording while seated in the exact center of the audio sweet spot, music is a daily part of many people’s lives. Unfortunately, most people are doing it all wrong when it comes to music streaming...

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THE POWER OF THE MODERN CLICKER: atlanta, audio/video, boston, chicago, dallas, denver, los-angeles, miami, new-york-city, nurture, phoenix, remote control, salt-lake-city, san-francisco, smart-home-trends, toronto, universal remote control,

THE POWER OF THE MODERN CLICKER

Posted October 17, 2018

The good-old-fashioned handheld remote remains a major control device in the modern smart home.

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Customizing your pad: atlanta, audio, boston, chicago, dallas, denver, garage door, los-angeles, miami, mockupancy, new-york-city, personalization, phoenix, salt-lake-city, san-francisco, smart-home-trends, streaming music, thermostat, toronto, vacation, video, when then,

Customizing your pad

Posted October 17, 2018

Sure, this multi-button keypad can control a virtually unlimited number of lighting devices, but if you are using your keypad for only the lights, you’re missing out on a slew of possibilities! Any button can be programmed to control any aspect of your automated home. Take a look at these 9 ideas that will get your creative juices flowing!

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Smart Home Technology Allows Seniors to Age in Place: aging in place, atlanta, boston, chicago, dallas, denver, los-angeles, miami, new-york-city, phoenix, salt-lake-city, san-francisco, smart-home-trends, toronto,

Smart Home Technology Allows Seniors to Age in Place

Posted October 15, 2018

The year 2030 marks an important demographic turning point in U.S. history according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 National Population Projections. By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 residents will be retirement age. This means...

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Call an Automation Expert: How Joel Dyck Shares His Passion for Technology: architects, architectual designer, canada, custom audio, intercom anywhere, interior design, karen sealy, premier smart homes, smart home expert, smart lighting, toronto,

Call an Automation Expert: How Joel Dyck Shares His Passion for Technology

Posted October 15, 2018

We asked this smart-home expert Joel Dyck about his passion for technology, how he approaches the customer experience side of home automation, and what a designer or customer should do if they are looking to learn more about the (almost) endless possibilities of smart-home technology.

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