How Working with a Control4 Dealer Adds Value to Your Projects

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Control4 Smart Automation is a Smart Investment for Today’s Homes

With recent home sale prices and values in the U.S. rising at a rapid clip, homebuyers are feeling more confident that the value of their investment will increase over time. Rising home values tends to have the effect of making homeowners spend more on home improvement projects as they expect their investments will ultimately result in higher home value when it’s time to sell.

Smart technology is continuing to be one of the top features homebuyers are demanding. Smart automation, security, and entertainment devices and services are growing at double-digit rates. Homebuyers are increasingly looking at smart automation to add energy efficiency, safety, aesthetic value, and lifestyle convenience to their homes. As a design professional or builder, it makes sense to consider smart home features from the beginning in your projects. And the best way to do that is to work with a Control4 dealer to integrate class-leading home automation technology the right way.

Keep reading for three smart home features that will make your residential projects in Richmond, VA, more appealing to your clients – and add long-term value to boot.

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3 Ways to Enjoy a Whole House Audio-Video System

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Make Entertainment Easy in Every Room

Entertainment should be easy. By the very nature of the word, it shouldn't seem like work when you want to be entertained. Unfortunately, some audio-video entertainment setups can be needlessly complicated. For example, the switching shenanigans you endure to get sound from your TV only or when you want to hear the sound through your audio system. Or when you want to select music to play, and you have three different ways to do it – an Alexa smart speaker, a Bluetooth speaker, or your AV receiver in the family room. Or you want to hear the evening news on the TV as you roam around the house getting things done.

If you like simplicity for your AV system and want one way to do things, you might be interested in a whole-house audio-video system that makes entertainment easy. Keep reading below to see how to simplify your AV life in your Chesterfield County, Virginia home.

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3 Reasons Why Structured Cabling is a Smart Investment

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Smart Homes Need a Myriad of Connections

Structured cabling sounds very organized, but what is it? Does it avoid a rat’s nest of cables and wires in a wiring closet? To a large extent, yes. Structured cabling installations are commonly found in the commercial world yet are also common in homes – and can be just as necessary. 

If you are building or remodeling a home, structured cabling is highly recommended. Today’s homes have ever-increasing amounts of technology and connected devices. Structured cabling can present an organized approach for providing the proper infrastructure for your security, networking, entertainment, and smart home systems in your Goochland County, Virginia home. Read on to see how you can prepare your home for the technology of today and tomorrow.

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Do You Like Simplicity? Then You’ll Love Whole House Audio-Video

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Effortless Entertainment Everywhere in Your Home

Some people are tech fans, and they geek out on bells and whistles. They don’t shy away from complexity. Let’s try three picture modes for that show to see how it looks! Let’s try the adventure surround format to see if it adds excitement! 

If this doesn’t sound like you, chances are you like to get to the point. You want to watch Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. You want to get to that as quickly as possible, with an absolute minimum of button presses or settings to master. You want it to look exactly the same in the bedroom where you’ll finish watching the third episode in your relaxing binge of the evening. 

If the entertainment is the important part and not all the options offered by your equipment, you're likely a candidate for a whole-house audio-video system in your Hanover County, VA home. Explore the advantages in more detail below. 

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Add Smart Automation Your Clients Will Love with a Control4 System

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Make Your Next Project Stand Out with Smart Technology

If you're a designer, architect, or builder, your clients hire you for your knowledge and expertise. They expect that you are authoritative on the latest architectural styles, trends, finishes, and other features that make your work stand out. Increasingly, those trends include smart home technology that homeowners want to integrate into their next abode.

While skilled in your area, you shouldn't have to be an expert in smart home technology. But you can be aware of the latest trends and the best ways to integrate them into your Chesterfield County, Virginia projects. Keep reading for four popular ideas that you should consider planning for in your next project and how a smart Control4 system puts it all together.

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5 Reasons To Install a Whole House Audio-Video System

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Go Minimalist With Your Entertainment While Maximizing Enjoyment

Is form as important as function for you? Do you think that less is often more? And are you fanatical about the quality of your audio and video entertainment?

If you answered yes to the questions above, you will be interested in the rest of this blog. Some people are very passionate about their AV entertainment but are not big fans of the complexity that often comes with it, the intrusion on décor, and the amount of equipment involved. The solution? An integrated whole-house audio-video system for your Richmond, VA home fit for the minimalist sensibility in you. Read on to learn more.

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Why Installing Structured Cabling Future-Proofs Your New Home

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A Wireless World Still Needs Some Wires

In a world with rapid technological advancement, we continue to see more new devices going wireless. Even charging our mobile phones is going wireless! Many smart home devices can communicate wirelessly, although they still require power to operate.

That brings us to a point – even wireless devices need some wires. And in the home, many things still need cabling and wiring infrastructure. If you are looking to embark on a major remodel of an existing home or planning a new one in Richmond, VA, it would be wise to consider a structured cabling installation to ensure your home is ready for any technology. Keep reading to see why.

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Increase Comfort, Efficiency & Style with Hunter Douglas Shades

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Upgrade Your Clients’ Interiors with Stylish Motorized Window Treatments

As an interior designer, you’re typically sought after by clients for your sense of style and attention to detail in your work. Whether it's how you use color, materials, or specialize in a particular look, you have something different that you bring to the table.

Along that line, we’d like to suggest something that will bring that extra “wow” factor to your projects in Richmond, Virginia: powered Hunter Douglas shades and blinds. As a designer, you already know the Hunter Douglas brand, known for decades for quality window treatments. But you might not have thought about all the extra benefits that accrue from motorizing them. Keep reading to see how motorized blinds and shades add another fillip to your design repertoire.

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How to Design Your Dream Outdoor Living Space

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Make the Most of the Outdoors with These Smart Upgrades

We’ve all spent a lot of time at home lately, and chances are that will continue for a bit. Regardless of the times, spending time outside brings positive vibes for both physical and mental wellbeing. And with Virginia’s lovely fall weather almost here, isn’t it time to think about your ideal outdoor living design for your Richmond home?

Keep reading for entertainment and environmental upgrades to make your outdoor spaces so much fun you might not want to come back inside – well, only if it’s snowing.

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The Top 4 Benefits of a Lighting Control System

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Lighting Control Marries Form and Function Beautifully

You might already know about lighting control, given the profusion of smart home control devices in the market. While smart lights might be inexpensive, a lighting control system sounds like a more extensive proposition.

Yes, a lighting control system for your Richmond, VA home is more than a collection of smart lights you can control from a smartphone app – although that convenience is indeed valuable. As we noted when discussing home automation last month, the real benefits accrue when you exercise smart features and control to do more than just conveniently turn lights on and off. Keep reading to learn about why lighting control is actually an astute investment. 

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How a Control4 System Orchestrates Your Smart Home

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Control4 Makes It All Work Together, Beautifully

What is home automation? Is it a way to dim your lights with a smartphone app? Is it a way to change the temperature on a smart thermostat by saying, "Alexa, raise house by 2 degrees?" It is, in part, these things. Giving you more control options over typical home systems is a good thing.

But the real power of home automation isn’t just about not having to get up from the couch to flip a light switch. The real benefits come when you make all your smart devices work together: lights, AV, climate control, security systems, and more. That’s what a Control4 system is all about – turning your Richmond, VA residence into a truly smart home.

Keep reading to see how Control4 makes your smart home greater than the sum of the parts.

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