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This renovation by Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling features a contemporary, custom gas fireplace with a Texas limestone surround and accent wall. A sleek wood mantle and accents enhance the wood floor.

Powered by convenience, houses are turning high-tech – wired with the latest options for contemporary living. And homeowners are requesting the ability to access their homes’ security and services from a tablet or smartphone, even when they are miles away.

Members of the Remodelers Council keep up with the latest gadgets and hottest trends for high-tech homes and can recommend a number of ways to turn your home today into the house of the future.

 

Connect everything.

According to Matt Sneller, owner of Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling, the first step to a high-tech home takes place behind the scenes by adding low-voltage wiring. Telephone, intercom, alarm systems, audio, video, data, HVAC and networking capabilities can all be connected through wiring and cabling infrastructure within the home.

 

Enhance security.

Installing wiring for cameras is a common request from clients, according to Bill Riley, owner of Bicycle Bungalows. He said homeowners are replacing costly security systems and monitoring services with security cameras and want the ability to control the cameras, as well as entry and garage doors, from their smartphones with a single system.

 

Lighten up.

LED lights are often requested because they are extremely energy efficient and a great product for a great price, Sneller said. Many companies have created cool lighting systems that provide solutions, such as geofencing technology, to provide lighting control with just a tap on a smartphone screen.

 

Control the kitchen.

A number of appliance manufacturers have joined the wireless trend by providing apps that allow for wireless control, Riley said, one of which a homeowner can use to start and pre-heat the oven. Another recently announced technology can even check the contents of the refrigerator while the homeowner is still at the grocery store.

 

Take it outside.

Smartphone-operated flat-screen televisions and surround-sound systems continue to be popular outdoor living upgrades, according to Rob Douglass, owner of Texas Custom Patios. Embellish it all with a fire table or an outdoor fireplace.

 

To bring color, light and personality to a previously nondescript space, Susan Fruit of Susan Fruit Interiors began by re-staining the formerly dark floors white with grey-wash and lightening the formerly grey walls. Smooth plaster on the ceiling replaced the outdated popcorn and a contemporary two-step furr down was installed around the periphery as a frame to add definition and provide a space for the recessed low voltage art/ambient lighting. Bold color comes from the area rugs (Stark), art (Alamosa by Robert Rector from Gremillion & Co.) and throw pillows. Custom chandelier from Accents In Iron; custom upholstery pieces and occasional tables by Susan Fruit Interiors with fabrics by Kravet and Larsen; wall color by Sherwin-Williams.

 

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