A luxury home has little in common with a college dorm room. They don’t use the same flooring, furniture, or fixtures, and they certainly don’t smell the same. The things you see and touch in a custom home tend to be high quality, well designed, and often even customized. Why then, do most luxury homes still feature the same cheap plastic light switches that are in the average dorm room?
Two of the three parts of this sentence may be true, and one is probably not: motorized shades are more expensive, and closing manual shades only takes a few seconds, which you will do yourself.
Did you get it right?
Yes, motorized shades are more expensive (they have motors), and it only takes a few seconds to open or close a manual shade. They were the true things. The untrue part is the 'you will do it yourself' bit. Of course, you intend to, and you may even plan to, but on a busy day, you go blind to those shades because manual shades are a pain to use and take too long to change. That is why it has been reported that 70% of the time, owners never change a manual shade. You bought this lovely home with a great view and you never get to see it.
Here are three reasons why you may want to take the plunge and spend the extra on automated shades.
We’ve written a few blogs on this page on the best way to hide technology like televisions, either with innovative cabinets, moving concealment options, as well as adding art on something like a Samsung FrameTV.
The term “smart home” has been overused to the point that it has almost lost its meaning, yet a lot of people are still wondering what they can do to make their home smarter. If you feel you would enjoy some modernity but don’t know where to start you are in the right place. Read on to learn how to begin selecting the technology to make your home a better place to live, work and play.
The first step to designing your smart space, is to understand what you want it to do for you. This can be overwhelming, as the choices are almost endless. For that very reason BRAVAS produced The Solutions Guide, a comprehensive list of the types of technologies that are available for homes right now. We would recommend starting by downloading The Solutions Guide and reading through it to discover your smart home design options, but I will cover some of the most popular below.
The National Canine Defense League was looking in the 1970s for a catchy phrase that could protect the dogs that were purchased in haste at Christmas time and then not wanted by spring. They came up with the line: 'A dog is for life, not just for Christmas.'
The same idea may be accurate for the partner you pick to do your home automation work. When you choose an automation company to do the job, like selecting a General Contractor (GC) to help build your house, you expect what they will deliver when they are done. But unlike your GC, your smart home is a living and changing system, and you need to ensure they will be with you long past the end of the job. Maybe the BRAVAS slogan should be, "we are not just there to install something; we are there for the life of your usage of it." Not quite so catchy!
Lighting is becoming more important than ever, and at BRAVAS we’ve been providing intuitive lighting control options for our clients for years. But what you may not know is that we also provide the most state-of-the-art lighting fixtures the tech industry has to offer. In this blog, we will discuss how we work with your residential lighting designer and architect to achieve beautiful light in every space of your home.
One of the fastest-growing segments of the home automation market is the smart plug. In this blog, we want to explain what a smart plug is, where best to use them and when they might be making life more complicated rather than easier.
Private cinemas are retreats, and a chance to get away from the hustle and hassle of everyday life. When it is time to turn off the lights and slide into your favorite theater chair, the last thing you want to deal with is a burned-out bulb in your projector. As it happens, lamps only seem to fail at the end of a long day, so what can your home theater company, BRAVAS, do to remedy this?
There is great news: Lamp-based projectors are no longer the only option. Many manufacturers have released LED, and even laser projectors. Most of these LED projectors are small, portable projectors that simply wouldn’t look great on a big screen. But others, like those from Sony, Epson and Barco, were specifically designed to improve the theater experience.
If you have a home theater, you probably already have surround sound. 5.1 systems are the most popular, featuring three speakers in the front of the room, a pair in the rear and a subwoofer. This served as the de facto surround sound system for the last few decades. Many systems were upgraded to 7.2, with two additional surround speakers and another subwoofer, but the way they worked was essentially the same. If you have a traditional 5.1 or 7.2 system, there is a huge upgrade available to you through your surround sound installer, BRAVAS.
Dolby Atmos is a rethinking of how surround systems are designed, starting with how the tracks are engineered. Sounds are treated as 3D objects, and can be placed anywhere in space that the artist or engineer desires. In your room, speakers are added overhead to help create that three-dimensional atmosphere.
As we buy bigger and bigger TVs, we also can give ourselves a severe design problem. A 75-inch TV is great to watch a ballgame or movie on, but it is just a giant black hole in the wall when turned off. Having spent all that money making your room look great, the TV is just a giant, ugly black void when not powered on.
But it doesn't need to be that way; here are ten hidden TV solutions to 'pimp your TV' and avoid all that ugly negative space.