Builder Turns to Tech to Give Disabled Hero Freedom

Builder Turns to Tech to Give Disabled Hero Freedom


United States Marine Corps Corporal Christian Brown led 163 combat missions as a squad leader in Afghanistan, the makings of an American hero.

In December 2011, while leading his squad on a foot patrol, Christian stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). Both his hands and arms were hurt and his legs had to be amputated. Once he woke from his drug-induced coma, a month later, he had to face another struggle; his home no longer accommodated his needs.

After hearing his heroic story, members of the Gary Sinise Foundation wanted to make his life just a little bit easier through the use of tech. Through the foundation’s R.I.S.E. Program, Brown was able to receive a fully-integrated smart home, customized to also be wheelchair accessible.

D&D Custom Homes built the home with mobility and convenience in mind. All of its hallways and main areas are designed to be a minimum of five feet wide, which helps the wheelchair maneuver around the home with ease.

Electronic Environments integrated the house with Elan and Core Brands tech in order to give the veteran full control over the shades, thermostats, TVs, smart lights and connected devices in the home. 

“[It’s] probably one of the nicest systems we’ve ever installed just because of how much it helps him, and we really want to do another home for any soldier, because they really deserve it,” says Tim Bell of Electronic Environments.

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 Elan was used to connect and improve accommodation.
Elan was used to connect and improve accommodation.

Home Automation

The integration team used Elan Home Systems as the central platform to connect the home’s devices.

Through the Elan system, Brown is able to control every device in his home, including the home’s smart lighting systems, connected shades, and security cameras and everything in between.

For integrators, the most useful aspect of the home’s platform is the ability to remotely work on the platform in case of an issue. This allows the integrator to stay accountable and keep their clients’ tech working smoothly, without the need for a service visit.

Starting with a stable and flexible automation platform is the first and most important step when building for a client in a similar situation to Brown. Taking the time to understand your client’s expectations with their home control can help you install the best system for their needs.

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Michael Black is a staff writer and content coordinator at TecHome Builder. He has a particular interest in new solar developments and smart energy systems and is always looking for the next smart home trend to cover. As the youngest member of the TecHome team, Michael brings a passion that keeps the team energized. He also is instrumental in leading our social media efforts.

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