An Architect’s Guide to Smart Home Automation: What You Need to Know

Learn More About Smart Home Technology and How You Can Incorporate It

If you haven’t already seen this statistic, the following might surprise you:

According to a 2016 study from Coldwell Banker Real Estate, almost half of all Americans surveyed (44 percent) said new constructions should include pre-installed smart home technology. 57 percent of respondents said they’d be more likely to consider an older property if it had smart home technology.

As an architect in the Fenwick Island, DE area, if you haven’t already learned about smart home automation, it’s time you learn about it.

Consumers increasingly want smart products within their homes, and you can adjust your construction and renovation designs to include these technologies.

Below, we break down the basics of smart home automation and how you can incorporate it into your projects.

SEE ALSO: What is Smart Home Control?

What is Smart Home Automation?

In basic terms, smart home automation is the process of combining a property’s smart technology into one easy-to-manage system for the end user.

At the end of a project, the homeowner can activate a security system, turn off every light or prepare a home theater for a movie, all by pressing a single button.

Of course, as an architect, you won’t be installing an automation system. That’s what we are experts at.

There are ways, however, that you can adjust your residential designs to include smart technology.

How You Can Contribute

The most obvious role architects have in the automation process is in the pre-construction phase.

When crafting a design, you can work with a custom electronics expert to account for pre-wiring – so that each room has the power and network capability to support smart home devices.

Once you complete your part of the project, builders can then incorporate pre-wiring into the home, and a technology professional can then begin the automation process.

Best of all, you shouldn’t have to worry about working without guidance. A custom electronics expert can explain each device and its purpose so that your pre-wiring design for each room is accurate and efficient.


We are proud to work with architects in the Fenwick Island, DE area, to build or modify homes that the owner will love. If you want to learn more about smart home automation and your role in the process as an architect, all you need to do is reach out to us. You can call us at (302) 644-8110, or you can reach out to us just by clicking on the button below.

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Bring Joyous Noise to the Holidays

Utilize a Home Music System to Entertain with Style

The upcoming holiday season means that your abode might soon be filled with friends, family, and guest from near and afar.  You want to set the perfect mood for everyone, and there’s no better way than by having the right soundtrack or sweet tunes filling the air.  Installing a home music system in your Bethany Beach, DE house can guarantee that everyone will have a rocking time listening to set playlists or varied music throughout the evening.  Read on below to see what features the system offers.

Every Song Available

While you’re scrambling around the house checking that the food, board games, and table are all set, you don’t want to be also worrying about changing from one song to the next.  When your guests arrive, the perfect playlist can already be playing.  You can access your entire music library on your system, from your tablet or smartphone.   Turn on spooky and haunting music for Halloween or stream classic Christmas music as everyone exchanges gifts – the options are endless.


Scheduled Music

Maybe you don’t want music blaring as everyone comes in through the doors, and want more calming music during dinner.  Smart control allows you the make the choice of what playlists come on at certain times.

Have lower, inviting music play when everyone first arrives, stimulating conversation and camaraderie.  Then you can have the music lower even more, or shut off completely once dinner begins.  When everyone is done with the meal, true party music can play over the speaker.  Then, if everyone is ready to sit down and watch something, you can listen to the same high-end audio on your TV and catch a game or holiday movie.

Adapt to Anything

Say one guest asks if you have a particular song in your selection, and everyone pounces – requesting songs like you’re the DJ.  Luckily, you can stand in as one.  You can easily adjust to any requests or changes with a simple touch of a button on your smart device, and choose anything from raising up the volume to switching songs over and over again.

If your party guests start moving about the house, and you’re still cleaning up in the kitchen or dining area, you don’t even have to shift locations to change the music they hear.  Wherever they are, turn up the tunes, and shut any off that might be playing to an absent audience.

Hosting an amazing holiday party or dinner doesn’t have to be a hassle.  With these home audio features, you can start planning the gathering of the season.  Learn more by contacting us at (302) 644-8110 or online on our contact page.

Add a Touch of Style with Motorized Shades

Expand the Reach of Your Interior Décor with a Smart Shading Solution

The sun is both the living space blessing and the interior design curse. Wanting the sun to light up your family room in the morning, leads to a hefty task when attempting to simply lower or shift your blinds later in the day. Choosing particular shades also affects your décor and style. Now, however, you won’t have to compromise. With Lutron motorized window treatments, you won’t have to sacrifice taste for competence. We’ve listed below the many benefits of installing motorized shades in your Lewes, DE home, and the differences they can make in your daily life.

Keep it Natural

There’s nothing quite like a sun-filled room, midafternoon in the quiet hours of the day. Many fear in leaving their shades open too long will damage their beautiful furniture and delicate artwork. But forgetting to shut the blinds should be the last thing on your mind. With motorized shading, sensors will realize when intense sunlight is directly entering through the windows and will trigger the shades to lower or close. Your décor will be safe from harm, and you can enjoy the natural light during the best hours of the day.


Don’t be Afraid of Heights

These days, modern home have spectacularly high ceilings, with expansive wall space and often – floor-to-ceiling windows. A sight to behold, but perhaps you dread each time the sun shines through them, and it becomes a tricky game to figure out how to close the shades without climbing a ladder. With mobile apps and remotes, using motorized shades on your lofty windows will easily put the control back into your hands. Use your phone, tablet, or any other smart control device, and soon your living space will be appealing both visually and practically.

More Style, More Versatility

Motorized shades don’t have to be a blanket style one-for-all. We offer an abundance of fabrics and patterns to choose from, and the option to mix and match to your desire. Dual shades allow you to combine a set of sheer shades with blackout ones, giving you the look you wish for, but also the pragmatic option you need. Your shades can be effective and practical, while still stylistic.

Sit Back and Enjoy the View

Reducing solar glare in your home is made easy with motorized shades. Setting the shades to automatically lower and close during certain times of the day already helps to this effect. But by choosing a specific color, placement, and openness, you can make your shades even more proficient. Every option is suited for you, and what is best for your home and family. When you aren’t worrying about solar glare, you can spend more time relishing in the view your gorgeous windows display.

Motorized Shades can give the elegance and efficiency to run your Delaware home with ease. Learn more by contacting us at (302) 644-8110 or online through our contact page.