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LIVED-IN LUXURY: CREATING A HOME THAT REFLECTS THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN IT

By Crystal Watts

Nestled in sunny Napa Valley, a part of the country renowned for its lush wine vineyards, the sleek exterior of Adam and Tamera Housley’s home evokes a lavish, Tuscan manor. The interior, however, is sleek in a much more modern sense. A smart home system from Control4 is at the helm, allowing the pair complete control of everything, from the media they stream and room-level climate control to home security and lighting— and beyond.

THE EVOLUTION OF HOME TECHNOLOGY

By Guest

It was 1972 when my parents bought the first microwave on the block. Some neighbors gathered around to watch the first instant cooking machine on the market. They all loitered with bated breath as my father placed a single kernel of popcorn in the middle of the microwave and turned it on. They had time to have a few drinks and chat—the giant box took a long time to turn that single kernel into an edible bit of popcorn.

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New features that Control4 customers will love in Smart Home OS 3

By Jamie Corpuz

Control4 customers will love new personalization capabilities, new media features, and simplified navigation!

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HOME SECURITY GETS SMARTER, MORE SOPHISTICATED

By Jamie Corpuz

When integrated as part of a home automation platform, a smart security system can provide extraordinary peace of mind and help your home run like a well-oiled machine. In addition to controlling more obvious security-related devices such as electronic door locks, surveillance cameras, and motion sensors, they can also keep your home safe from environmental dangers and infrastructure-related issues with sensors that report flooding, power shortages, and extreme swings in temperature.

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MQA Music: Experience the original studio recording in your home

By Guest

MP3 files deliver just 10% of the original studio recording. MQA reveals and authentically delivers every detail of the original recording.

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​What is a Smart Home OS?

By Jamie Corpuz

The benefits of technology in the home are virtually endless, but when these smart devices are managed by different apps and not unified by a powerful smart home OS, they can become tedious to manage. A smart home operating system, like Control4 Smart Home OS 3, is designed to unify hundreds of connected devices across the home and control them all from a single platform that gives homeowners the control and personalization you want while also offering concierge-style professional support when needed.

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SMART HOME MAGAZINE: SPECIAL EDITION ISSUE NOW AVAILABLE (FREE DOWNLOAD)

By Crystal Watts

It’s really quite phenomenal to witness the many ways technology is converging into everyday design elements within the home and just how customized these products are becoming. Motorized cabinetry is allowing those with physical limitations to reach objects from above, kitchen countertop surfaces...

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What is C4Yourself Day?

By Jamie Corpuz

Getting hands-on with smart home products and really understanding them before your purchase is incredibly valuable. Understanding how products work and how they will fit into your home and into your life before you purchase makes an enormous difference when it comes to your long term satisfaction—and that is what #C4Yourself Day is all about!

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Brandy Ketterer on Designing the Geist Reservoir Home

By Danielle Karr

Brandy Ketterer was the interior designer for the award-winning Geist Reservoir Home, and so we took a few minutes to chat with her about her experience as a designer, her roles in the Geist Reservoir project, and her thoughts on smart home design.

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A Theater Worthy of the Seven Kingdoms

By Guest

The ultimate immersive experience! Game of Thrones and fantasy fans will love this custom home theater completes with smart home capabilities.

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Expert Barry Dorsey on Designing Technology Clients will Love

By Danielle Karr

We asked this Control4 Certified Showroom owner about his passion for technology, how he approaches the customer experience side of home automation, and what a designer or architect should do if they are looking to incorporate smart home technology into their projects.

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Women in Tech: Tara Chaston, Director of IT Business Systems

By Jamie Corpuz

Meet a few of Control4's Women in Tech. This blog series will be informative for anyone who might be interested in pursuing a career in technology, but we hope to remind girls that no industry or field of study should be considered beyond reach. We believe any industry can be made better introducing new and diverse perspectives and insights.

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Get Smart in 2019: Environmental and Energy Conservation using Smart Home Tech

By Guest

Did you know the typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 per year on energy bills and nearly half of that pays for heating and cooling? Homeowners can combat these costs and practice conservation using smart home technology.

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Elevating the Technology Experience: Expert David Mills on Home Automation

By Danielle Karr

We sat down with David Mills, Director at Kraus Hi-Tech Automation, to find out what got him to where he is today in the home automation industry, how he works with designers to give clients the results they really want, and how other home-industry professionals can take advantage of his technological expertise.

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Bedroom Bliss: Four Smart Ideas for Embracing Tech in the Bedroom

By Guest

The bedroom isn’t exempt from the smart home craze. There’s plenty of super smart ideas you can employ in your bedroom to improve your sleep, streamline waking up, and generally make the room a nicer and safer place to be.

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Poolside Reflections: Portuguese Smart Villa

By Crystal Watts

Smart technology specialist Chris Davies single-handedly transformed his 30-year-old villa in southern Portugal into a sun-kissed showcase of splendor, security, and simplicity.

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Treasure of the Sierra Madre: "El Chepe" the Smart Train

By Crystal Watts

Smart technology breathes new life and luxury into one of the world’s most spectacular railroads. Mexico’s much-loved tourist train, El Chepe, even knows where it is and can share on-screen stories about its surroundings to enlighten and delight passengers.

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GET SPACE SAVVY: Creative ways to re-imagine unused spots at home

By Guest

Although bathrooms and kitchens commonly received most of the makeover money, maybe it’s time to take a good, hard look at some of the lesser-used areas of your home and apply your remodeling dollars towards converting them into fun, functional spaces.

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Tricked-out Tech for Your Backyard

By Guest

Make the most of your living space by transforming your yard into your own tech-savvy oasis.

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THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE

By Guest

A home theater should feel like a special destination in your house—the one place you can retreat for a couple of hours to escape from reality and be transported into another world.

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5 Ways Property Developers Can Add Value to Residences Using Home Automation

By Guest

Savvy property developers are staying ahead of the trend by working to integrate smart home solutions for multiple dwelling units (MDUs) that will make residents feel secure, protect investments, and create contemporary environments that excite prospective buyers or residents.

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Smart Intercoms are the Way to Go for Better Communication

By Guest

Remember those intercom boxes that passed your voice to other clunky boxes inside the home? Remember when they were considered high-tech? While intercom systems still play a part in a smart, connected lifestyle, they’ve grown so much more sophisticated in their capabilities.

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An Accessible Home: Joe Ribera on Automation and Accessible Design

By Danielle Karr

Whether due to injury, disability, or age, more and more homeowners today in need of assisted living are reaching out to home professionals for accessible home solutions that enable them to stay independent and in their home. We interviewed Control4 Instructional Designer and Technical Trainer Joe Ribera to ask him about how smart home technology has helped his aunt, who has been living with a muscular degenerative disease for almost three decades.

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WHAT IS A SMART HOME PROFESSIONAL?

By Jamie Corpuz

What makes them experts? What do they do? Home automation specialist, technology integrator, home technology professional, custom electronics dealers—these are just a few other names for what we like to call a smart home professional...

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Protecting the Design: Integrator Jamie Sangar on the Geist Reservoir Home

By Danielle Karr

The Premier Group, a Control4 Certified Showroom Dealer located in Carmel, Indiana, was recognized as the CEDIA Awards’ top honor for “Integrated Home of the Year 2018” in North and South America for outstanding integrated system design at the 2018 CEDIA trade show in San Diego. We wanted to shine some light on how the different teams worked together to create such a masterpiece, and so we sat down with Jamie Sangar, Director of Business Development for The Premier Group, to find out how the Geist Reservoir Home was born.

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