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Automation Wiring

     March 11, 2015 0 Comments

Well, now that the walls are framed and work has begun on the inside of the house, Automated AV wasted no time getting in there to begin installation of the Crestron automation system. The crew just had the basics in place while we were on site, but rest assured, there will be TONS of wires soon! It’s amazing what goes on behind drywall when a house is fully automated.

automation tube

These orange tubes are placed wherever a television goes. They carry all the wires from the television down to the media hub in the basement. This particular tube is for the television on the main floor that will be installed above the fireplace.

automation

These orange boxes are what will eventually be the home of the 7″ touch screens located throughout the house. The Crestron system is very interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing the real products. These touch screens have edge-to-edge glass and have tons of features and functions like controlling the alarm system, shutting the entire house down (powering off lights, locking doors, etc.), raising or lowering the motorized blinds and turning up the music!  Good thing these screens are installed higher up on the wall and out of reach of little munchkin fingers.

The last bit of automation we saw installed on this very busy day were the in-ceiling speakers.

speakers

The speakers themselves have not been installed, merely the placeholders and wires. The Crestron Aspire speakers will provide surround sound in the entertainment area on the main floor. There are also ceiling speakers in the master ensuite and bedroom (as well as a television tube – see orange tube and explanation above), the deck, garage and in-wall speakers in the bonus room. These speakers have a paintable grille which means they will blend in beautifully with the ceilings and walls. And last but not least, the sound quality is amazing.

Wiring a house is an elaborate process, and we’re thrilled to be working with Automated AV. For any advice about home automation, different systems available and what’s new in the technology industry, be sure to talk to Andrew.

 


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mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Automated Everything

     April 8, 2014 0 Comments

One of the companies I met at the Spring Home Show was Automated AV.

Automated AV 1

Andrew was friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. He showed me some of the great products at his booth, like invisible speakers, and sounded genuinely interested when I told him about the House Trade Built project. We’re interested in home automation because it simplifies everything. I’d much rather use one simple, yet incredibly powerful, app than have to flip through ten.

Dan and I met with Andrew yesterday to get more information about his company and a quote for our project. He showed us all of the options he had available and made recommendations based on our budget and needs. We decided that we wanted to put in good quality speakers throughout the house, automated lighting, security and heating.  It will be awesome to be able to control everything with a remote or phone. The idea of never being locked out or leaving a light on is great. What I love is that there won’t be cable boxes and cords everywhere. All of the entertainment units will be clean and uncluttered. Man, whatever happens to this house, the owners are going to be lucky.

There are a few different automation companies in Regina so we are going to get quotes from them as well. It’s always a smart decision to compare quotes, especially on large investments, so that you can make an educated decision that you feel comfortable with, knowing you did your research.  Once we have multiple quotes, we will compare systems (because everyone sells a different brand) and determine which one is best for us. We will base our decision on the system, the quote and the professional selling the product. After all, when you use automation in your house, you want to ensure that company will be around for the long haul in case something needs to be updated or changed.

Do you see value in having home automation? Is the ability to control your entire house from one app on your phone neat, or what?! 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.