How Professional AV Installation Enhances Your Design and Build Projects

How Professional AV Installation Enhances Your Design and Build Projects

Bring in a Pro Early for the Best Results Today’s AV entertainment systems can get complicated. If you’re an interior designer, architect, or builder, it’s wise to bring in an audio-video installation pro early in your projects to incorporate the latest systems your clients want. You might think, don’t all we have to do is plan for some low-voltage wiring? While low-voltage infrastructure is indeed important, there’s more to achieving a well-sorted and integrated AV installation that incorporates what clients want, fits in with your mutual design vision, and doesn’t require a stack of change orders because of lack of planning. Let’s explore how you can enhance your Chicago, IL projects with a little help from your AV professional – like Barrett’s Technology Solutions! SEE ALSO: Elevate Your Builds with Integrated Home Audio-Video Solutions Seamlessly Blend Entertainment and Decor Your Chicago clients are style-conscious – that’s why they’re working with you. They want their technology to blend well within their style vision. For example, while some may like the look of high-end speakers, many of your clients want great sound quality but don’t want to see the equipment. Beyond just wiring a room for architectural speakers, we look at the room size, consider layout, planned furnishings, building materials, and other details to specify the right speakers and precisely where they should be located for the best sound quality. Some clients might be OK with visible TVs, but high-style interiors may not want a large black flat-panel TV visible when not in use. With planning, we can integrate motorized panels or artwork that hides TVs, specify custom furniture to hold...
How to Elevate Interior Design with Smart Lighting Control

How to Elevate Interior Design with Smart Lighting Control

Showcase Décor and Design in the Perfect Light  As a design or build professional, you know how to create specific design flourishes and features that set your projects apart. Whether it’s unique fireplaces, finishes, furnishings, layouts, or materials, you know how to create unique on-trend designs that exceed client expectations.   As a residential design pro, you also know about the importance of light in a project and the overall feeling it conveys in a home. Does a house have “good light?” Does the light bring out the best of the interiors? One of the best ways to showcase your Hinsdale, IL home projects is with smart lighting control. Keep reading to see how you can use lighting control to enable your designs to be viewed in the perfect light.   SEE ALSO: Why Lighting Control Is the Best Interior Design Technology  Create Ambiance with LED Lighting  You may already know about the advantages of LED lighting. If you have integrated lights in a soaring 30-foot ceiling, your client will appreciate that those bulbs may never need replacement due to LED’s extraordinarily long life. But LED technology also lends itself well to different light designs. It can be shaped and molded into bulbs and fixtures that would be impossible to make with older incandescent or compact fluorescent (CFL) lighting.  From a design standpoint, one of the best features of LED technology is its ability to control lighting hue and color in a fixture or bulb. Called tunable lighting, this feature enables LED lighting to change from cooler to warmer tones or to display a rainbow of colors. With tunable lighting, you can promote natural interior lighting that matches the day, with energizing, brighter, more intense...
3 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Home Automation Specialist

3 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Home Automation Specialist

Reason 1: Do You Want Home Automation That Works?  The title is only a bit facetious, but there are many, many home automation options in the market. You only need to look in Home Depot, Best Buy, and Amazon to find a wide range of smart home devices from a plethora of vendors, with most of them tying into the platform umbrellas of the world’s largest tech companies.   So, what’s wrong with that? Nothing, many of those devices are brilliant products. But what happens when you try to put together a complete smart home using these devices and platforms? It can get surprisingly complicated. Think about your laptop or desktop computer. You probably know how to maintain it and keep it updated and running relatively smoothly. What if you had a whole department full of them to manage? That’s what IT departments or outside services tend to do, so employees don’t have to spend time worrying about the technology they use.  The concept is the same for a smart home. If you want to be your own integrator, you may be happy with DIY solutions. If you need a Chicago, IL smart home that just works – so you don’t have to be the IT department – you might consider an experienced home automation company like Barrett’s Technology Solutions. Explore why below!  SEE ALSO: Barrett’s Technology Solutions Wins ASID Illinois Design Excellence Award  Laying the Foundation  While many smart devices work over wireless network technologies, wiring and cabling are still necessary for optimal connectivity in many homes, especially larger properties. A couple of examples: Smart security cameras may be installed in locations around the perimeter of a house. Cameras need connectivity and power. A single ethernet cable solution can provide both...
Take the Entertainment Outside with an Outdoor Speaker System

Take the Entertainment Outside with an Outdoor Speaker System

Enjoy the Fresh Air and Enhance Your Property’s Value     With all the time you’ve likely spent at home lately, the changes of scenery we might have taken for granted from activities like eating out or the movie theater seem like exciting things to look forward to again. The time will come soon. In the meantime, staying at home can still be lots of fun, especially with the right upgrades. We don’t mean to minimize the health crisis in the least, but all the time at home likely makes you notice things that can be improved. One area that we think adds both great fun factor and value is outdoor entertainment. With an outdoor speaker system, TVs, and smart control, you can turn your Chicago home patio, garden, or backyards into an entertainment oasis. Not only will it give you a much-needed change of pace from the indoors, but it will also add value to your property and the “wow” factor for entertaining. Read on for some of our favorite outdoor entertainment upgrades. SEE ALSO: Why Homebuilders and Designers Need an Integrator for Outdoor Projects  Outdoor Speakers There’s nothing like music to set the mood. Whether you want energy for an outdoor workout or mellow tunes to relax and unwind in the fresh air, there’s an outdoor speaker for that. The options, in fact, are nearly endless, as almost every quality speaker manufacturer of note has an outdoor series. We are partial to a few brands that have long specialized in outdoor audio. Sonance is a pioneer in architectural audio speakers and whole-home audio. One of their most versatile outdoor...
5 Smart Home Systems That Make Your Life Simpler

5 Smart Home Systems That Make Your Life Simpler

Install these devices in your Naperville, IL home to improve your daily routine and ease stress It often seems as if advancements in technology change so rapidly it can be hard to keep up. Instant communication makes it easier to talk to loved ones across the country, but it also makes it easier for work to follow us home. High-definition audio and video allow us to enjoy a theater-quality viewing experience in our own homes, but controlling all your devices may involve half a dozen devices. The electronics in your home don’t need to be a source of stress, though. With the right home automation and control system, you regain control of your technology and can start having more fun around the house. At Barrett’s, we specialize in creating easy to use systems coupled with professional and dedicated support to help you and your family. Here are five systems a smart home company can install in your Naperville, IL home to simplify your life. SEE ALSO: Which Home Automation System is Right for Me? 1) MOTORIZED SHADES It’s likely that the only time you think about your shades is when you get up to lower them. Motorized shades are simply controlled remotely from your couch or your bed, so you don’t have to adjust them manually. Even better, you can set your shades to adjust themselves automatically based on a predetermined schedule or by following the path of the sun through the sky. 2) LIGHTING CONTROL Would you like to enjoy a more striking lighting design in your home while increasing your energy efficiency and making your fixtures simpler...