For the 13th year in a row, Electronic House recognizes some of the most groundbreaking smart homes through its preeminent Home of the Year Awards. This year there were 35 winners from 13 categories, each more beautiful than the next. Entries were judged on the high level of innovation, creativity, and customization demonstrated in the design and installation of smart systems.
This year’s contest generated a remarkable range of projects, from contemporary and traditional-style smart homes automated inside and out; back-to-back master suite displays; mega outdoor A/V coverage; unique car garage; and media rooms from a star ceiling theater under $25,000 to sky’s the limit entertainment for a Hollywood studio exec.
The products and systems integrated into these amazing residences ran the gamut, but a there were a few solutions that prevailed as favorites among the winning home systems integration firms. Lutron lighting and shading systems, for example, were installed in 18 of the award-winning projects; Savant was the top choice among integrators as a home automation solution. For the second year in a row, Sony reigned supreme as the choice TV and projector, and Sonance was the most-used speaker brand. Other popular products and systems among the winning integration companies include B&W, Screen Innovations, and Control4.
No matter what brands of systems were employed, every award-winning home this year demonstrates the pleasing blend of design and technology. Integrators, builders, and interior designers seem to be collaborating closer than ever, as these home look at stunning as their smart home technologies perform.