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that integrates seamlessly with the overall project
and leaves a homeowner feeling as though the
system operates almost effortlessly. "Designers
don't need to know a huge amount about the
technology components; they just need to know
the right questions to ask," explains Sutton. "And,
I think that's where having a relationship with a
technology integrator is a really positive thing."

The Neeo Remote is a
sleek, modern touchscreen
remote control engineered
specifically for a Control4
OS 3 smart home.
(Image: Control4)

"Sometimes the customer says, 'I have
$100,000 to spend on this project,' and the
designer responds, 'Okay, how much do you want
to put towards technology?'" notes Hintze. "Often,
the customer then states, 'Technology-I don't
care about technology!' I think it's important to shift
the conversation away from the parts and pieces
and talk more about the lifestyle. What do we
enable by including technology as a part of our
design? That helps the designer focus on creating
experiences, rather than becoming a peddler
of technology."
As examples: An older couple may be intrigued
to know that a smart lighting system can sense if
they wake up during the night to use the bathroom
and can turn on the needed illumination at a dim
setting. A young couple in an urban apartment may
be interested in how technology can allow a single
room to perform multiple functions, switching
perhaps from dining party mode to home theater
with a few clicks. Parents with young children
may be happy to find that they can come home
after a long day of work to discover the lights on,
the drapes closed, and the dinner defrosting, so
they can focus on homework or family time.
Professionals with a busy travel schedule may
rest assured knowing their home automation
system makes it look like the house is
occupied while
they are away.

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Lifestyle + Design
The process of figuring what technology to include
in a home, and how to integrate it, begins like any
other design process: What are the wants and
needs of the client? Are they a music lover or a
movie buff? Is it a family home or a holiday escape?
Does the client work from home? Will there be
seniors or others with special needs present?
Such answers will serve as the foundation for a
technology program, clarifies Brad Hintze, senior
director, product marketing at Control4, a company
that makes a variety of smart home products,
as well as an operating system to host them.
In conversations with clients, Hintze's advice is to
focus less on the specifics of tech systems and
more on the quality of living they want their home
to support.
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Homeowners can precisely
and conveniently operate
the PowerView Motorization
on their Hunter Douglas
window treatments using
a remote control.
(Image: Hunter Douglas, Inc.)

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