10 October 2016
The Art of Incorporating Technology in Glass Architecture
Posted in Spaces
Enjoy Technology that Makes the Most of Gorgeous Views
Floor-to-ceiling glass has become a staple of modern residential architecture. The glass design opens up a home to far more enjoyable views than wallpaper could ever offer, creating a seamless flow between your home’s interior and the natural outdoors. Glass architecture poses a unique challenge for smart home automation integration, where wiring and equipment are typically hidden in the walls. However, the best professionals have proven methods for combining the benefits of automation technology and glass architecture. Continue reading to learn how.
Smart Glass Gives You Privacy When You Want It
One of the main concerns keeping luxury homeowners from embracing floor-to-ceiling glass walls is a lack of privacy. There are times when homeowners may not want their rooms viewable from the outside. Innovations in smart technology make it possible to have the best of both worlds: crystal clear glass when you want to enjoy the view, but opaque windows when you want privacy. The smart glass works by adding an invisible film to the windows that can be programmed to tint upon command or as a reaction to the amount of sunlight hitting the glass. To create a more private home, all you have to do is push a button and the glass will blur, slowly darken, or become completely opaque.
Add Style and Privacy with Motorized Shades
Another way to add privacy and reduce the effects of solar heat gain is with motorized shades. Consider choosing motorized shades that have as little visual impact as possible, but that also provide complete coverage of your home’s windows as desired. Unlike smart glass, which limits you on wall color, motorized shades come in an extensive variety of styles, fabrics and patterns so that you can enhance your interior design. Use your smartphone, tablet, or dedicated remote to set the motorized shades to the exact height you want throughout your home. You can also have the shades automatically react to keep your home at just the right temperature. When the sun’s heat begins to warm the room, shades lower to keep out the sunlight. Truly smart.
You Can Still Hide the Clutter of Cords and Equipment
The go-to method for hiding the wires, cables, and cords in your smart home is to run them through the walls, but that clearly isn’t an option with floor-to-ceiling glass. Fortunately, there are plenty of other options that your design partner can use to keep your interior design clean and seamless while still affording you the comfortable luxury of smart technology.
Depending on the unique factors of your space, the wiring and equipment can be hidden in the ceiling, the window frames, and even the floors. The result is that your television, speakers, and other electronic elements are out of sight until they’re needed, keeping nothing from obscuring the spectacular views.
To explore the possibilities for integrated technology in your modern home, contact your local Bravas partner today. Share this monthly Learning Journal with friends so they can keep abreast of the latest in luxury home trends.