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Smart Home Design: Building with Connectivity in Mind

by Jon Schultz on 04/13/17

As recently as just 10 or 15 years ago, the average homeowner wasn’t all that concerned about how “smart” their house was. There were some people who wanted to install things like intercom systems and central vacuum cleaners that required some preplanning on the part of homebuilders and designers, but there usually wasn’t a lot of consideration given to seamlessly incorporating many gadgets throughout a new home or addition. Homeowners could add them later if they chose to do it.

But things are much different these days. More and more homeowners want their houses to be “smart,” meaning builders and designers need to work hand in hand to accommodate them. The desire for smart homes or connected homes is one of the biggest drivers in home comfort and innovation today. Some people want to have in-wall speakers placed throughout a home that are capable of connecting to their electronic devices wirelessly, while others want to incorporate variable zone thermostats that allow homeowners to control the temperature in different parts of their house from their smartphones, even when they’re not actually home. There are also lights and shades that can be controlled through apps or automation systems, and, in some cases, homeowners can even control these things with the sounds of their voices if microphones and connected systems are preplanned into the design of the home and its wiring, walls and fixtures.

It’s pretty amazing to see how far we have come and how much “smarter” our homes are now than they were in the 1990s and 2000s. There is an endless supply of gadgets that can be incorporated into smart home design when building a new home or putting on an addition. To make the process go as smoothly as possible, though, you need to work with a company that specializes in design and has experience creating smart homes.

Schultz Architecture can keep you and your family connected and help you find innovative ways to get all of your smart devices on the same page. If you are building a new home or plan on adding an addition to your home and you want to find out more about the concept of smart home design, call us at 269-615-2597 today and see how we can help you create the perfect smart space.

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