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How to Build a Design-Focused Smart Home How to Build a Design-Focused Smart Home

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.

What Makes Bravas Better Than Other Home Automation Companies? What Makes BRAVAS Better Than Other Home Automation Companies?

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!

How a Residential Lighting Designer Enhances Your Living Spaces. How a Residential Lighting Designer Enhances Your Living Spaces.

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.

Custom-Built for the Community Custom-Built for the Community

As a partner of BRAVAS, The McKenzie Collection needed something special for their new model located in a new golf community in Zionsville, IN. BRAVAS was able to tailor each room to their client’s individual tastes in a community to match their personality. Read on to see how this project was custom-built to fit the neighborhood.

Easy Upgrade Ideas From Your Home Theater Company: Laser/LED Projectors Easy Upgrade Ideas From Your Home Theater Company: Laser/LED Projectors

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.

Upgrading to Dolby Atmos Is Easy When You Work With a Surround Sound Installer Upgrading to Dolby Atmos Is Easy When You Work With a Surround Sound Installer

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.

Hidden TV Solutions: 10 Ways to Hide Your TV Hidden TV Solutions: 10 Ways to Hide Your TV

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.

In Office Design, The Lines Between Home and Work Blur In Office Design, The Lines Between Home and Work Blur

In the extreme, commercial and residential technology integrations are very different. Both projects have shades, lighting controls, TVs, audio, and security, but the scale can be very different. At BRAVAS, we do a few home projects every year with more than 20 rooms with TVs, but they don’t have video conferencing. There can be hundreds of rooms in a commercial project, and all of them may have TVs and conferencing capabilities. As an office design company, we know firsthand that commercial projects are often of a massive scale as compared to most homes.

 

Today, after a year of working from home, some of us are starting to head back into our offices. However, as we re-enter these spaces, while many of the office chairs are better, we have noticed other elements of the experience are not as good. We explored some of the issues in a recent BRAVAS Luxury Living podcast which you can hear here.

Seeing the Big Picture with Security Camera Installation Seeing the Big Picture with Security Camera Installation

Surveillance products, like security cameras and doorbell cameras, are an increasingly common addition to the home. As a security camera installation company, we get those calls all the time. Smartphones have made them much more useful, and simple DIY options like Ring doorbells have shown just how powerful they can be. Whether you want to know what is happening at home, you want to deter porch pirates, or you have legitimate concerns about your safety, there is a camera option for you. Whatever your reason for considering a surveillance system, following the guidelines below will help ensure your system does exactly what you need.

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