Home technology has exploded in the last few years. There are more new applications, devices, and systems for your home than you can shake a stick at. But when you’re considering technology for your Texas Hill Country home, there’s a big difference between the latest gadget and something that delivers genuine value. And frankly, at Boyer, we will always put the emphasis on value over price or gadgetry.
That’s not to say some new devices and applications aren’t both fun and helpful. For instance, if you check out CNT.com’s Best Smart Home Devices of 2017 you’ll find a lot of products that can make life around the home easier, more convenient, and sometimes just more fun. They highlight products such as the Amazon Echo as “central control point for your smart home gadgets.” Tell the Echo what you want—whether that’s light jazz, the latest headlines from NPR, a 20-minute kitchen timer, an especially corny joke or a host of other things.
Or, if you’re looking for a smart thermostat to control the temperature in your home you might want to look into the Ecobee4, that cnet.com calls, “the best smart thermostat.” On the other hand, you might be searching for the best smoke and carbon monoxide detector on the market. Cnet.com gives that honor to the Nest Protect reviewed here.
Cnet.com reviews a host of other products that include things from robot-vacuums, to high-tech grills, and both indoor and outdoor security cameras. Depending on your personal needs, tastes, and interest, some of these products actually do make life a lot more convenient.
One issue that some homeowners have is getting all their different devices to play well together. That is where a more robust residential systems integration—such as what’s offered by Lutron or other system integrators comes in. These systems take your whole home into consideration and allow you to control a wide variety of household functions that include lights, security systems, window coverings, irrigation systems, alarms, and more—all from a central location (or remotely via a smart phone or tablet). And the good news is that systems like these are designed to integrate with other devices you may have in your home.
That “big picture” approach is important because there’s more to having a smart home that just having a lot of gadgets. Part of what makes your home smart is that it’s designed around the way you live. It doesn’t matter how many great new gadgets you have if the layout and construction of your home don’t fit your lifestyle. A good custom homebuilder knows how to create a home to satisfy the specific needs and tastes of the individual homeowner. That’s one reason it’s so important to deal with a homebuilder who’s experienced with building this kind of home. And it’s also why it’s so important to make the most of your homebuilding staff’s knowledge—because your builder and designer can work together with the big picture in mind to deliver the kind of home you really want.
Have fun buying gadgets and devices for your new home. There are a lot of fun, innovative, and helpful devices out there. Just make sure you keep the big picture in mind for your whole home.