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Work With A Smart Home Design-Build Team From the Start

Your Greater Houston-Area Clients Will Love You for It

Smart home devices have made their way into just about everyone’s home, and we’re sure yours is no different. As you’ve worked with your clients in Memorial, TX and the Greater Houston area, you’ve more than likely had requests to design various technology-rich spaces like home theaters and outdoor areas. From whole-home audio video solutions to lighting control systems, Texas clients want their big ideas brought to life in their homes.

Working with a reputable smart home design-build team like Refined Solutions can make your job easier because your clients’ homes are in good hands. We have years of experience working alongside interior designers and architects, are active members in several industry associations and have a turnkey approach to smart home projects.

Keep reading this blog to learn a few solutions you can provide your clients by working with a quality integrator when creating a smart home in Memorial, TX.

Design a Distributed Audio System with a Reputable Professional

Refined Systems Is Your Trusted Audio/Video Provider

Many homeowners have begun incorporating a variety of audio/video solutions and smart home devices in their Texas homes. With the ingestion of so many devices, a home can become cluttered and disorganized; if a homeowner isn’t careful, some of these integrated solutions can interfere with one another or not work as they were originally designed.

Avoid this dreadful scenario in your own Houston-area home by working with a reputable and trusted audio/video provider from the beginning of any technology project, especially audio distribution projects.

In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the ways Refined Systems can assist you in your next project. Keep reading for more.

Increase Energy Efficiency with Green Home Technology

The Environmentally Friendly Solution for New Builds or Remodels in The Woodlands

There’s no reason to be green with envy when looking at the technology solutions in your competitors’ model homes. You, too, can work with custom integration specialists to ensure you’ve got the latest energy-efficient and environmentally conscious smart home solutions in your models and clients’ homes.

A 2017 Harris Poll surveyed homeowners, and 91% cited reducing their energy consumption was important to them. Believe it or not, 21% of those homeowners also had no idea that they could reduce their energy waste by installing smart home solutions like smart lighting control in their homes.

That’s the perfect combination for any architect or builder – a motivated homeowner looking to reduce energy costs and a blank slate for a home. Even if you’re working on a remodel, your clients in The Woodlands, TX will be able to incorporate green home technology into their technologically savvy smart homes.

Keep reading to learn how you can help your clients become more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

Improve Your Home’s Wireless Network with Wi-Fi 6

Next-Generation Technology Improves the Speed and Performance of Your Devices

Your home wireless network connects all of your devices into a cohesive web of communication. The stronger and faster the network, the better your devices communicate. You can boost the performance of your River Oaks, TX smart home and all of its devices with next-generation Wi-Fi 6 technology.

What exactly is Wi-Fi 6? To make the next-generation 802.11ax standard easier to remember and understand, the Wi-Fi Alliance decided to rename it to Wi-Fi 6. Wi-Fi 6 succeeds 802.11ac, now known as Wi-Fi 5, the most commonly used standard used in wireless networks.

So how can Wi-Fi 6 help your home wireless network? Keep reading to find out.

Why and How to Integrate Landscape Lighting in Your Project

Craft Elegant, Comfortable and Safe Outdoor Living Spaces for Your Clients

Investing in a custom home takes a lot of a lot of time, money and trust. Since there are so many moving parts in the construction and design stage, it's no surprise outdoor lighting becomes an afterthought. That's a big problem since landscape lighting plays such a vital role in the home's curb appeal and livability.

The earlier that landscape lighting becomes a part of the process, the better you can integrate it into your Memorial, TX projects. Streamline the installation process with a technology partner like Refined Systems who can coordinate with all needed subcontractors.  We'll craft a custom solution that blends seamlessly with your design vision while fully meeting all of your high-end clients’ performance expectations.

Why Now Is the Time to Embrace a Voice-Controlled Smart Home

Upgrade to a More Convenient Lifestyle With Hands-Off Technology

Home technology solutions are always evolving. Over the past decade, we saw the rise of the smart app to manage almost everything in your Houston, TX, home. Eventually, apps became so ubiquitous that “There’s an app for that!” became a punchline.

More recently, we’ve seen what Amazon’s David Isitiski called the "dawn of the post-app era of consumer engagement." That's because consumers finally have something even more intuitive than touchscreens to interact with their smart devices: voice commands. 

How did voice-controlled home automation become so popular? A better understanding of the rise of voice control will help you see why it’s peaking in popularity in recent years. As you read this blog, you’ll not only learn about the history of voice recognition but also how to best incorporate it into your home.

How Can Technology Help You Design Healthier Homes?

We Help Architects Create the Perfect Living Environment

When architects are designing a new space, they need to look beyond aesthetics. Since people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors—whether at home, work or school—it's vital to offer the ultimate comfort as well. Health is another thing to consider, especially when it comes to overall air quality in the home.

How can you ensure your projects offer the ultimate environment of comfort and health? As you read this blog, you'll see how our home health automation solutions help you provide the best services possible for your clients in The Woodlands, TX.

SEE MORE: Why Design Smart Lighting Control Into Your Next Project?

What Is So Impressive About Smart Home Control?

Enjoy Added Convenience, Comfort and Peace of Mind

Smart home control transforms your lifestyle on a day-to-day basis by blending technology seamlessly into every aspect of your life. A tailored technology solution that guides you throughout the day for unrivaled convenience, comfort and peace of mind is the ultimate luxury for your River Oaks, TX, home. Intuitive control of lights, entertainment, climate and more lets you create the ideal environment at the press of a button whether you're getting ready for work or preparing to host friends and family.  

Why Design Smart Lighting Control into Your Next Project?

Four Reasons Why Smart Lighting Will Differentiate Your Residential Projects

As a designer, architect, or builder (and we know some of you do all of these), you intuitively understand the importance of lighting in a project. You cringe when you walk into a room with a single light and no cans, and when that one light needs to share its installation with a ceiling fan. You don’t want to see an art niche that missed an opportunity to be highlighted with the right spotlighting.

While you understand lighting, you might be on the fence about smart lighting control for your projects in Memorial and Houston. Texans are straightforward and might ask, “what's so smart about lighting?”

Smart lighting is all about bringing today’s intelligent technology to bear on the lowly light switch. And there are many advantages to smart lighting over banks of light switches. While smart lighting is not particularly difficult to retrofit into existing homes, it’s even easier to take advantage of all the features if it’s designed in from the start.

Read on to learn more about why smart lighting control is a smart feature to add to your projects.

SEE ALSO: Build Home Automation into Your Next Home

Whole Home Automation - the Ultimate Luxury

Three Home Upgrades to Elevate Your Lifestyle

What is the ultimate luxury? Ask that question to 100 different people, and you may very well get 100 different answers. When it comes to your home, luxury may lie in your furnishings, your décor, your appliances, your swimming pool and outdoor areas, your entertainment systems, and whatever other ways you customize your home to suit your lifestyle.

Refined Systems is a home automation technology integrator, so we have some ideas too about what constitutes the ultimate luxury at home. We think that advanced technologies that work for you and make daily life more comfortable, rewarding, and stress-free are the ultimate luxury. While you could automate your whole home with an array of technology products that add comfort and convenience to your Houston abode, we want to highlight three that are highly likely to make you smile and congratulate yourself on your decision to invest in them.

Let’s look at three excellent technology investments to make your home a little more rewarding every day.

Create Your Own Outdoor Entertainment Oasis

Make the Most of Your Outdoor Spaces with these Audio and Video Upgrades

Summer is around the corner in Houston. As we all know it comes quickly here; going from the warm spring to the hot and humid summer. Of course, the good news is that our mild weather lets us make better use of the outdoor spaces in our homes. A pool is one surefire way to mitigate the Texas summer heat. But even without a pool, the balmy evenings after the sun goes down invite us outside.

Most likely you have spent time and money creating an outdoor space that is an extension of your lifestyle. You have a patio for shady relaxation and dining, an outdoor kitchen for summer grilling, gardens and landscape that frame your home, and perhaps a pool and sports court. What would make all that even better? You can have the same level of audio and video entertainment outdoors to maximize your time outside. Imagine relaxing after dinner on the patio with a summer movie night right there, or keeping an eye on the Rockets NBA playoff game while you grill the steaks. Perhaps chilling in the pool to the sounds of a favorite Spotify playlist is your idea of downtime.

All of these options are yours when you invest in an outdoor entertainment system for your Houston home. Read on for some ideas on turning your outside spaces into your next entertainment oasis.

Don’t Leave Your Best Work in the Dark

Coastal Source Landscape Lighting Puts Your Designs in the Best Light

Designers, architects, and builders take pride in their work. They sweat many details to ensure their designs fit the overall style they are trying to achieve. Good designers go the extra mile to add a little detail that may go undiscovered for some time but will be a pleasant surprise that adds to a client's continued enjoyment.

A lot of work may go into the outside design of a home, but often people don’t get to appreciate the detail. When the sun goes down, much of that detail might be lost. Similarly, the investment in outside spaces like patios and gardens may not be as visible either. With proper planning, that work can stand out as it should.

We appreciate the night sky in the Woodlands, so we don’t want to light up properties like the Vegas strip. But the judicious use of a variety of lighting styles and techniques can elevate the beauty of your work in a way that provides a totally different ambiance at night. We work with Coastal Source for outdoor landscape lighting because of the extraordinary quality and variety they bring to lighting. Read on for some lighting ideas to incorporate into your next project.

A Smart Home Is an Integrated Home

Make Sure Your Projects Are Ready for Tomorrow’s Smart Technology

We’ve written before about smart devices and home automation. As you know, there are many choices in smart technology available in the market. Many of your clients might think that home automation is about a collection of smart devices that can be cobbled together to make a smart home.

We want to present a different, more comprehensive view of smart home technology and automation. It is not about offering apps on a smartphone to control a light or a camera, nor is about another form of remote control away from home. Smart technology, ultimately, is about total home integration. What do we mean by that?

Traditionally, home systems and functions do not work with or talk with each other. Heating and cooling is its own subsystem. Electrical outlets and lighting are another. Water and plumbing are another, and the typical irrigation system does not tie into anything either. Consider pool and spa equipment as well. While those systems may not change much in terms of what they do, what is radically changing is how they are controlled, how they can report and inform on what they are doing, and how they can be made to work in tandem with other functions.

As designers and builders, you want to plan residences for your clients that are ready for this new integrated future. That means planning for the infrastructure that will support smart technologies. In most cases, we can't accurately anticipate what technology will be available 5-10 years down the road, but we can plan for the foundation that makes it easy to integrate new technology.

So how do you plan for the new future of total home integration in your Memorial, TX projects? Keep reading to learn more.

What To Listen to On a Whole House Audio System

We Spotlight the Top Music Streaming Services

Sometimes we don’t think about it, but the way we listen to music has changed markedly over the past 20 years. Gone — or almost gone — are stacks of physical media like CDs. Yet some people are still buying vinyl records, or are enjoying their collections from the past 40 years. While vinyl is still alive and well because of that tangible music experience it delivers, the predominant way to listen is now music streaming.

The digital transformation for music began with the CD in the 1980s. CDs brought higher dynamic range for audio in a format that lasts much longer than vinyl records and doesn’t degrade over time. From the CD the next step was in audio compression (codecs like MP3) that enabled the Apple slogan for the iconic iPod of 30,000 songs in your pocket. It was only a matter of time before cloud technology, fast data transmission, and a smartphone in every pocket would give way to streaming 40 or 50 million songs from the cloud — for a small monthly fee.  No more ”owning” music like a record or CD, you have access to almost any recorded music anywhere via streaming.

Of course, most of us are familiar with music streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, and others. Are they all the same? They offer similar functionality overall and have access to (mostly) the same music, but some differences could steer you to use one over the other. The good news is that if you are considering investing in whole house audio for your Houston, TX home, all of these are available through various systems. It all comes down to your preferences.

Ready to learn more about your streaming choices? Just keep reading.

Add Drama with Landscape Lighting

Heighten the Sophistication of Your Home Designs

A great home design incorporates many ideas. There’s the exterior view; how it looks from the street and its curb appeal. How do the windows play, letting light inside, but also how they look and balance the outside look. What unique exterior finishes or features distinguish this home and makes it stand out?

As a designer, architect, or builder, you know these things better than we do.  But we do understand home technology and the role that lighting can play in differentiating a home, highlighting its best aspects, and creating the right ambiance for a home. Any good photographer knows the role that light plays in capturing an image. With the proper lighting, what could be a mundane photo can turn into a spectacular and memorable picture.

Landscape lighting can have that effect on the exteriors of a property. Let us postulate this: if you include the effect of landscape lighting from the beginning on your next home project in the Woodlands, you will multiply the impact of your imaginative designs.  Intrigued? Read on for some ideas.