Intergrating Technology Into Your Home
Technology is everywhere in today’s average home.
Computers, video game systems, big screen TVs and a myriad of other electronic gadgets that make our lives easier, more productive and often simply just more fun are all great additions to any home but sometimes they do tend to create a lot of clutter.
That’s where fully integrated technology comes in. Integrated technology blends into the rest of your d?ï¿½cor seamlessly allowing you to get the look you want without having to sacrifice any of your modern tech toys.
With just a few remodeling tweaks and the assistance of a good electrician you can achieve this balance in your home. Here are just a few examples.
Speakers That Are Heard, But Not Seen
Huge speakers may say a lot about the quality of your sound system but they do not do a lot for the overall appearance of your home – unless rock concert chic is your personal design aesthetic.
The latest trend is to get those speakers out of sight altogether by having them built right into the walls. In the hands of a good remodeling professional everything is embedded within the walls and perfectly positioned for the best possible acoustics.
The other great advantage of having speakers built right into the walls is that all the unsightly wires will be out of the way, one of the biggest complaints homeowners have about home entertainment systems.
The TV That Disappears
The wall mounted TV – especially if it is a big screen model – is very popular these days but it does tend to dominate whichever room it is in. This may be fine when it is in use but it then sits there being rather uninteresting to look at when switched off and can tend to lower the aesthetic appeal of the room.
One answer is to have a retractable cover that can be used to literally make the TV disappear when it is not in use. People choose a favorite piece of artwork, a great family photo or even a mirror and, in a very James Bond-esque touch, once installed such a system will hide the TV at the flip of a switch. Ingeniously simple but those who have had this kind of function added to their home usually end up wondering what they ever did without it.
iPods Really Do Everything
The idea of having a central control system installed your home to manage a number of different gadgets and functions from one central location is not a new one – several attempts at these kinds of systems have been around for quite a few years now. They are now even better though as, instead of having to remember just where you put the remote control that adjusts the stereo system, TV, security alarm, lighting and even the blinds, you can do it all right from your iPhone or iPad.
These are just a few of the ways that technology can be integrated into your home to look as good as it functions. A good remodeling contractor, electrician and/or architect can probably tell you about many more.