Get the most out of your home’s most popular room with lighting and entertainment control systems.
If you were to visit the Colorado home of Michael Malcolm, you might not believe he’s the CEO of a company that sells high-end video servers that cost more than $20,000. The most-used TV in the Malcolm household is a small $130 model bought several years ago at Wal-Mart and often used by the Malcolm children.
When most people think of wireless networking, the first thing that comes to mind is a group of computers freely sharing information without being physically connected. While that’s certainly a common use for a wireless networking system, it isnt the only one. Light switches, telephones and stereo speakers are a few of the electronic components in your home that can benefit from going wireless.
You certainly won’t find snow-capped mountains anywhere close to Georgia peach country, but Mike and Lynn Briggs’ home gracefully evokes all the warmth and coziness of a Colorado ski lodge. Make that a four-star Colorado ski lodge. Coexisting peacefully with enormous stone fireplaces, open-beamed ceilings and impressive log construction is a bevy of sophisticated electronic systems that operate 24 hours a day to ensure the efficiency and comfort of the 6,000-square-foot residence.
Even the simplest remodeling projects somehow seem to take on a huge life of their own. You know the story: All you had intended to do was replace the old kitchen cabinets, and the next thing you know, you’re laying new tile, squeezing in stainless steel appliances and putting in a more colorful countertop. When all is said and done, just about everything has been ripped out, replaced or refurbished.
The owner of this loft is certainly creative, and his innovative audio/video system allows him to really unleash his artistic side.
They may not live in their beach house full-time yet, but the Hamilton family enjoys the comforts of home every time they visit.
Few homes are perfect. Just ask Brad Smith of Audio Video Design, a custom electronic installer in Newton, MA. He’s had some head-scratching experiences trying to fit electronics in quirky homes — and that includes his own humble abode.
You don’t have to spend big money for big benefits when it comes to technology for the home.
Before you begin an electronic home project, make sure your installer is sending the right signals.