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How to Make your Smart Home Guest-Ready

How to Make your Smart Home Guest-Ready

From glorious sun-drenched summers around the lake to the warmth of a crackling fire at the holidays, West Michigan creates the perfect backdrop for entertaining friends and family. While you may have strung some charming lights across the patio and stocked your kitchen with family favorites, have you considered refreshing some of the technologies that would add to your guests’ comfort and enjoyment? Now may be a great opportunity to consider those upgrades you’ve been dreaming about.

TAGS: entertaining | Grand Rapids | guests | Holland | home automation Kalamazoo | home technology | MI | service plan | smart home

Seamlessly Smart

Seamlessly Smart

When you consider your setup at home, there’s a good chance you’ve designed a room or two around the technology in it. We’re willing to bet that everything in your living room, for instance, is centered around your television or entertainment center. But is your technology integrated into the design, or are you living with clunky pieces, mismatched finishes or a mess of wires? 

TAGS: interior design | Room Design

How Project Changes Affect a Room’s Design

How Project Changes Affect a Room’s Design

You had the perfect system designed. The projector will elegantly drop from the ceiling on a scissor-lift, positioned exactly to occupy the space of an acoustic ceiling tile. Once installed, it will display engaging content at the optimal scale to meet the viewing requirements of the room’s occupants. The equipment has been ordered and the trades are all scheduled. There’s just one problem; a request has been made to change the light fixture and consequently, its location, placing it directly in front of the projector.  Although it may seem like a simple change, repositioning the projector may require a specialized projector lens be added or a custom scissor-lift be created, along with having the electrical drop relocated and moving any other affected ceiling features. Audio visual systems are an integral part of room design and changes to the room’s ceiling, flooring, walls or furnishings may cause a ripple effect resulting in costly change orders.

TAGS: Board Room | Change Orders | collaborative space | commercial space | Conference Room | huddle room design | interior design | Room Design

Getting Your Company’s Groove Back

Getting Your Company’s Groove Back

Take a moment to think about the last few times you went into a business. Be it a grocery store, your favorite place to grab dinner or your go-to clothing store, you were without a doubt accompanied by the store’s soundtrack – and that’s not on accident. It’s been proven for decades that music has a tremendous effect on sales

TAGS: background music | commercial audio | Control4 | integration | music | music experience | music programming | music subscription | Napster | SoundMachine