Know the Difference: Wired Vs. Wireless Shades

Know the Difference: Wired Vs. Wireless Shades

Which Motorized Solution is Right for You?   The convenience that motorized shades bring to your Indianapolis living space has a way of transforming your daily life and everyday activities. They have eliminated the need to get up and pull a string only for your blinds and curtains to come crumbling down on you or to get stuck up too high for you to reach. Never mind when you have to get up and lower them in the middle of a movie or game so you can rid yourself of horrible TV glares! So you know automated window treatments are a must for your home, but now you’re suddenly faced with the decision between wired or wireless solutions for them. There’s no need to wonder what the essential differences between the two installations are – we’re here to lay it all out for you. In this blog, we’ll determine what the advantages are to each, so you can decide which is the right choice for you, your home, and your family. Want to learn more? Keep reading below.   SEE ALSO: UPGRADE THE WAY YOU USES MOTORIZED SHADES   Wired Shades Solutions When you’re choosing between the two options for your window treatments, you need to consider how long-term of an installation you want it to be. Hard-wired shades require a more lengthy and expensive installation process. We often recommend any wired project for a new construction, since it’s a more extensive one. This way, it’s easier to work around your layout and customize how you want your shades to look. But for example, Lutron has many more fabric...
3 Things to Consider when Integrating Whole House Audio

3 Things to Consider when Integrating Whole House Audio

Get the Most Out of Your Multi-Room Audio   Integrating audio throughout your home has endless ways of elevating your daily life.  But how? Before you install hidden speakers and a whole house audio system in your Indiana home, we’ve listed out below a few components to take into consideration. Once you learn how a multi-room audio system can best benefit you and your family, you’ll find that its smart features take even an ordinary day to another level. Keep on reading to find out more!   SEE ALSO: ENJOY YOUR WHOLE HOUSE AUDIO FOR EVERY OCCASION   How You Will Use It Whether you’re hosting a get-together, dinner party, or cookout – or even just wanting a relaxing day with the family – whole house audio has many purposes. You might wonder how you can put your system to use once it’s installed and ready to go.  But it turns out most events are greatly enhanced with the right tunes to accompany. Create a comfortable atmosphere and encourage conversation amongst your guests by playing background music throughout your home.  As the night goes on, you can browse through your media library, or scroll through Spotify or Pandora, and select dance playlists or switch to a crowd-favorite jam. Wanting to finish up an audiobook?  Your system isn’t only limited to music and parties.  You can listen to your latest audiobook, turn on ambient sounds as you nap, or listen to a podcast. You won’t ever run out of ways or reasons to utilize your whole house audio – you’ll find time in everyday life to turn up the volume...
Give Your Clients the Ultimate Outdoor Audio Video Setup

Give Your Clients the Ultimate Outdoor Audio Video Setup

Homeowners can Bring the Fun Outside with these Top-Notch Features   With summer in full swing, it’s natural for everyone to want to spend more and more time outside – and your clients are no exception. So how can they enjoy their own backyard when it’s not exactly the image of a great time out there?  They might have a pool or even a grill on the patio, but there’s nothing cohesive keeping the elements altogether. That’s why they could use an impressive outdoor audio video system at their Carmel, IN home. Whether they’re getting ready to host a party, have a barbecue, or just relax with a good book, they deserve a space that can accommodate any of those occasions.  If you’re a builder or designer in the area, you can set them up with one. Keep reading below to see how this smart outdoor technology can elevate any party you throw! Strategically-Placed Speakers Nothing brings everyone together more than music they can all enjoy or dance along to.  With an outdoor surround sound system, your clients can play any song they want out of their own media library or from streaming services like Pandora or Spotify. But without the proper audio setup, they won’t be able to hear it at its highest quality. By installing speakers strategically around their backyard and property, you can deliver them crystal-clear audio for any event they’re having outside. The Sonance Landscape audio series of outdoor speakers come highly recommended and can withstand any form of harsh weather and will still provide excellent sound.  Installing wireless access points around the yard will...
Keep an Eye on Every Area of Your Property in Innovative Ways

Keep an Eye on Every Area of Your Property in Innovative Ways

Visualint Surveillance System Catches Everything   Leaving your home unattended can be nerve-wracking.  If your home is left unoccupied, it could be a prime target for robbers and burglars. So how can you ensure that your Indianapolis property is kept in good care no matter if you’re at home or away? Read on for more about the various quality benefits and features of a Visualint Surveillance System, and how one can help give you a peace of mind whether you’re near or far away from home.   SEE ALSO: FEEL COMFORTABLE LEAVING YOUR HOME FOR ANY AMOUNT OF TIME   Analytics & Communication Visulant cameras take what ordinary surveillance cameras can do and elevates them to the next level.  Unlike regular cameras that use light-based tracking, Visulant uses size-based object tracking.  This means your system can know the difference between a rabbit, dog, or human crossing your yard. With the combination of standstill with pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras, your cameras can now communicate from one to the next.  The instant your still cameras sense movement, your PTZ ones will track the intruder from the moment they appear and won’t lose sight of them no matter where they go. Your system can know when someone enters a specified area, such as your front yard or door.  You’ll get instant notifications and alerts if cars are parked outside your home for a pre-determined amount of time – preventing loitering or suspicious behavior.   Video Monitoring What sets Visulant video monitoring apart from others is that it can distinguish between false alarms and real emergencies.  Professionals monitoring your home can help lower your...
Hidden Features Can Enhance Your Home Theater Design

Hidden Features Can Enhance Your Home Theater Design

Seamlessly Blend Technology with Your Décor A home theater can transform every movie night and TV show-binge into an immersive and fantastic viewing experience. But to create that ultimate entertainment environment in your own Hamilton County, IN living space, you’ll need a professional home theater installation. Many believe that technology doesn’t mesh well with interior design and style – meaning your theater can’t feature a stunning design. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! In this blog, we’ll dive into how your theater can incorporate hidden AV features that are sure to elevate the space and maintain and highlight your existing décor. Keep reading below to learn more! SEE ALSO: TAKE MOVIE NIGHT OUTSIDE WITH A HOME THEATER   Concealed Screen & Projector You have a choice between a flat-screen TV or a combination of screen and projector in your theater. Either is great for watching media, but one thing is for sure – you’ll definitely want to watch in 4K Ultra HD resolution. But how well will this technology go with your theater’s interior design and style? The great news is that whether you use a projector/screen combination or a flat-screen TV, you can conceal and blend them in easily with your interior design. You can simply press a button on a remote or a smartphone application that hides your flat-screen when not in use, and then brings it back into view in just a few seconds when you’re ready to watch a film or catch up on a TV series. There are also the screens that disguise themselves as mirrors or paintings when not in use....
Impressive Smart Home Design Ideas for Your Clients

Impressive Smart Home Design Ideas for Your Clients

Control4 Has Solutions to Elevate Any Space   When you’re building or designing a new space, you often find that not every client’s wishes are the same. Each homeowner is unique in what they want out of a smart home and the technology incorporated into it. That’s why in this blog, we’ll go through quite a few effective automation solutions to bring to your clients for their smart home designs. If you’re an architect or homebuilder in the Indianapolis area, you’ll certainly find some inspiration for your next project. Read on below to learn more about smart features that Control4 has to offer to make your clients’ daily life a breeze.   Lighting Solutions Maybe when you think of smart lighting control, you imagine one button can control everything – lights on, lights off, dimming, and brightening. But there are so many more options to give your clients. When they arrive home late from work or just after the sun sets, their landscape lighting will know to brighten slowly as the night unfolds – letting them arrive at an illuminated property.  Then when the garage opens, lights can automatically turn on and create a safe pathway to the front door. Another great feature is setting lighting “scenes.”  An example is a “bedtime” scene that sets every lamp near the bed at a low level, just right for nightly reading before falling asleep. And if hunger strikes in the early morning? Getting a midnight snack will be easy and safe for them. Lights can turn on to illuminate the pathway to the refrigerator just low enough so as not to...