The ever-evolving Internet of Things is leading to smarter homes, which means more devices. And for luxury homebuyers, it’s all about the looks.
Tech needs to be visually appealing. So, what if you’re building for this type of client—one who craves the future but doesn’t want to have to look at it? The answer may be simpler than you’d think.
Myriad home automation companies currently offer technology that is specifically designed to be hidden among the sleek, beautiful designs of one’s home without all the extra clutter.
Here at TecHomeBuilder, we have highlighted some essential devices or companies that tailor towards clients who want their smart home tech to be camouflaged within their abode.
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Home Entertainment – Sound
Speakers can take up a lot of space in a home entertainment haven, so builders should implement audio enhancers. Better yet, speakers can be completely hidden.
These speakers should most definitely be installed during initial construction, and builders’ best bet would be invisible speakers and subwoofers from companies like Stealth Acoustics, which are implemented with drywall to seamlessly blend into a home’s wall space.
They are marketed on the company’s website as “100 percent invisible” and claim to represent “the end of aesthetic pollution.”
Home Entertainment – Picture
With hidden audio, hidden visuals should be quick to follow.
While HDTV models can certainly be placed upon a stand, included in entertainment center furniture or mounted on the wall, they can still look clunky. And the bigger the screen, the more of a burden is to implement into your living area without being distracted by it when it isn’t being used.
Vutec offers a great solution for these annoyances.
Its line of ArtScreen System products hides a home’s flat screen TV behind a beautifully framed painting printed on canvas. When the TV is ready to be used, the artwork ascends/descends (using a remote) and reveals the screen. Once the TV is finished entertaining, this tech works vice versa, replacing the screen once more with museum-quality artwork.
The days of staring at a blank, black screen are behind us.
Heating & Cooling
Thermostats can be an eyesore. If you’re building with Crestron for the home’s heating and cooling needs, there could be an option for getting these thermostats out of sight and out of mind.
The company offers a wall-mounted temperature sensor called the CHV-RTS, which, once attached to the wall, only protrudes about an eighth of an inch. It can also be easily wallpapered or painted over to blend it into the surface.
Once installed, the sensor can connect to select Crestron thermostats, which can subsequently be tucked away in a closet. All heating and cooling control is performed directly from the homeowner’s smart phone.
Home Security – Cameras
What do clocks, books, air purifiers, rocks, mirrors, plants, wall plug adapters and smoke detectors all have in common?
They can all be disguises for an HD security camera that’s remotely controlled and monitored.
Brickhouse Security offers a wide line of hidden wireless cameras that can be used to monitor and secure one’s home. Builders should certainly consider offering or featuring these devices in their final home products.
Home Security – Sensors
Among its many smart home devices, Insteon offers a door sensor with two main features.
Firstly, the door sensor can be connected to the home’s lights, so whenever a door is opened or closed the lights turn on or off with it.
Secondly, and more importantly in terms of security, the sensor will send an automatic alert to a homeowner’s phone the moment any door in the home is opened.
This will ease the minds of security-concerned homeowners and should be something builders think about when figuring out how to implement the best of invisible tech in their homes.