Recycled storage lockers become new smart home

A Colorado homeowner took recycling to a whole new level. He wanted a space big enough for his family, and store his collection of recreational and work vehicles. And, it had to feature the latest in smart home technology.

He turned a former storage building into a new high-tech residence, recycling the unused space into a state-of-the-art smart home showcase.

Rather than Storage Wars, this Castle Rock, Colorado, home is a "Storage Wows" facility.

It features a full commercial-type kitchen, a massive master bed room upstairs, and a hot tub room.

The home is also loaded with automation, thanks to Control4 smart home solutions. The owner takes pride in both his toys and the technology that helps to seamlessly blend this unusual space with convenient living.

More and more homeowners are tapping into the power of smart home automation, and it can be used in existing homes as well as new ones.

Not only are new technologies providing convenience on-the-go, but they are becoming accessible and affordable in homes under $400k. A study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University says "home automation is predicted to be the No. 2 trend in residential remodeling over the next five to 10 years."

According to one of the Harvard studies, "73 percent of consumers are demanding energy efficiency in their remodeling projects" – something smart home technology can provide. By managing and coordinating lighting control and HVAC systems together, home automation enables the home to respond intelligently to changing conditions, while also allowing homeowners to adjust temperature and manage lighting via their mobile devices.

With the addition of remote monitoring, homeowners can benefit from alerts that notify them of lights or small appliances that are left on, home temperatures are too low or too high, the detection of a water leak, and more – making it easier to save energy while away and enabling homeowners to react faster to prevent accidents and property damage.

Security solutions are increasingly acting as a gateway reasons for consumers interested in upgrading their home to include home automation. Smart door locks have become more than just a convenient way to enter your house.

When integrated and used with home automation systems, they can also keep homeowners informed about who is entering or leaving, when they left, and how long they were there. In addition, homeowners are also enticed by the potential for insurance premium discounts.

"Insurance companies can offer discounts for security systems, fire protection systems, camera systems, and some water leak detection systems," said Rene Robaina, president of Home Technology Solutions, a certified Control4 Dealer.

Home automation can be installed into both new and existing homes, and depending on the complexity and range of the requested functionality and device interoperability can be installed in as quickly as one day.

With today’s smartphone and tablet technology, homeowners should have little to no difficulty operating their smart home. "An automation system is just a computer that runs your home systems," added certified Control4 dealer and owner of Ambiance Audio|Control|Video, Brent Wilson. "The idea is to make things more intuitive, so while being tech savvy doesn’t hurt, it isn’t required."

Read more about smart and connected homes.

A Colorado homeowner took recycling to a whole new level. He wanted a space big enough for his family, and store his collection of recreational and work vehicles. And, it had to feature the latest in smart home technology.

He turned a former storage building into a new high-tech residence, recycling the unused space into a state-of-the-art smart home showcase.

Rather than Storage Wars, this Castle Rock, Colorado, home is a "Storage Wows" facility.

It features a full commercial-type kitchen, a massive master bed room upstairs, and a hot tub room.

The home is also loaded with automation, thanks to Control4 smart home solutions. The owner takes pride in both his toys and the technology that helps to seamlessly blend this unusual space with convenient living.

More and more homeowners are tapping into the power of smart home automation, and it can be used in existing homes as well as new ones.

Not only are new technologies providing convenience on-the-go, but they are becoming accessible and affordable in homes under $400k. A study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University says "home automation is predicted to be the No. 2 trend in residential remodeling over the next five to 10 years."

According to one of the Harvard studies, "73 percent of consumers are demanding energy efficiency in their remodeling projects" – something smart home technology can provide. By managing and coordinating lighting control and HVAC systems together, home automation enables the home to respond intelligently to changing conditions, while also allowing homeowners to adjust temperature and manage lighting via their mobile devices.

With the addition of remote monitoring, homeowners can benefit from alerts that notify them of lights or small appliances that are left on, home temperatures are too low or too high, the detection of a water leak, and more – making it easier to save energy while away and enabling homeowners to react faster to prevent accidents and property damage.

Security solutions are increasingly acting as a gateway reasons for consumers interested in upgrading their home to include home automation. Smart door locks have become more than just a convenient way to enter your house.

When integrated and used with home automation systems, they can also keep homeowners informed about who is entering or leaving, when they left, and how long they were there. In addition, homeowners are also enticed by the potential for insurance premium discounts.

"Insurance companies can offer discounts for security systems, fire protection systems, camera systems, and some water leak detection systems," said Rene Robaina, president of Home Technology Solutions, a certified Control4 Dealer.

Home automation can be installed into both new and existing homes, and depending on the complexity and range of the requested functionality and device interoperability can be installed in as quickly as one day.

With today’s smartphone and tablet technology, homeowners should have little to no difficulty operating their smart home. "An automation system is just a computer that runs your home systems," added certified Control4 dealer and owner of Ambiance Audio|Control|Video, Brent Wilson. "The idea is to make things more intuitive, so while being tech savvy doesn’t hurt, it isn’t required."

Read more about smart and connected homes.



Topics: Appliances, Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Cost of Ownership, Sustainability Trends & Statistics


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