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A Designer’s Guide to Smart Home Automation

The release date:2020/12/16 0:00:00



Design is an art that aims at perfectly combining beauty with usability. At least, that's what makes the work of designers’ sound so empowering.


The truth is that even design is subject to trends. Actually, it's inspired by trends from the past and the present. You can go from a rococo design to a minimalist style with a few selected pieces in the same strict color palette.


Few are the core aspects that make the homes we design beautiful to our clients' eyes. One is following the most common beauty parameters of simplicity with style. Another one is customizing the design plan with the future homeowner's needs in mind. Finally, another factor to consider to design beautiful homes is the first impression they will give to owners and their guests alike.


Smart home automation can help with all these aspects. Not only it allows you to design houses that look neat and aesthetically balanced. It also helps to boost their convenience and give the right first impression of the owner as well.


In this quick guide, we'll discuss how smart home technology can support the design of even more beautiful and more convenient homes. But first, let's review the basics.



What is Smart Home Automation?

Go back to a few generations ago, and you'll notice how significant the development of smart home technology has been in recent years. We have gone from the first few and expensive home appliances to more sophisticated home automation systems.


Home automation allows the owner to control and monitor all the devices and appliances connected to the same smart home network. This link is usually achieved with the presence of a smart home controller, a device that works as a hub of interconnected devices communicating with the same protocol. Most smart home devices use a house's network to share commands with one another. It can either be in the form of a wired network or wireless through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity.


A smart home is one of those home updates that you rarely regret, even years after the first installation date. It's more often the other way round. You'll ask yourself why you didn't think of upgrading your house earlier.


Smart home technology makes houses and businesses more convenient, safer, more reactive, and more energy-saving too. For example, you can save tons of money simply by setting up a smart thermostat that turns the heat on only when necessary. It may be when you've almost reached home from work or the opposite when you don't want the heater to be working while you're sleeping. You can also create a rule so that the room temperature will rise only if it's raining outside, and you don't want your kids to catch a cold once they step back home.


It may sound cliche, but with home automation, your only limit is truly your imagination.


How Can Architects and Interior Designers Benefit From Home Automation?

Home automation technology brings your project to the next level. It makes any room look fancier and more modern-looking.


Most fancy hotels employ smart home technology to impress guests and cut unnecessary energy waste. You can apply the same logic to any property you are designing. Home automation will allow you to connect all the home technologies into a single and simple-to use interface. This way, homeowners can access their entire home from a smart home controller connected to an app on their phone or tablet. For example, they can dim lights, play music, turn up the heat, lock the doors, arm the security systems - All with one simple click on their smart home app.


From a design standpoint, a smart home embraces simplicity while not limiting the possibilities of further customization. A smart home system can perfectly complement any home decor and architecture. It works behind the scenes in every space and blends seamlessly with new or pre-existing devices, like Amazon Alexa or Google Home.


In particular, here are three areas where smart home automation can make miracles:


1.Lighting

When designing a new house, you can replace the switches and dimmers with one more subtle keypad. In other words, you can get rid of what is often known in the industry as "wall acne," referring to the many switches placed all over a house's walls.


Smart lighting will enable the user to control lights based on a motion sensor or a specific scenario, for example, after a certain time of the day. Check out our guide to learn more about smart lighting control systems and how they can effectively enhance any home's design.



2.Declutter

Most villas are designed to avoid clutter, be it with unnecessary pieces of furniture or with cables everywhere to be seen. This is especially true in living rooms, where usually you can find a series of TVs, stereo systems, gaming consoles, and many more devices. Each of them with its cables that interwire together to create a net of clutter.


With smart home technology, you can give homeowners the freedom of using the devices they love while also hiding the entertainment equipment from their guests' eyes. Users can then control all their tech devices from a single remote.


And that's not all. Home automation also allows for multi-room video connectivity. This means that owners can connect all the TVs to stream the same station or movie in different rooms.


3.Audio

In every well-designed home, audio should be heard, not seen. Employ home automation to design nearly invisible and easily controlled speakers that stream high-quality music throughout the house and even outside.


Don't worry about the final work. Smart audio systems are made to allow an easy custom design to match any color of wall paint. This way, you can rest assured that no one will notice the trick.


Conclusion

Smart home automation connects all the everyday-life devices within everyone's reach, regardless of if you're planning to sell a house to a tech enthusiast or a family with kids.


This technology is also made to be customizable as time goes by. You won't need to invest a big part of your budget in designing a complex home automation plan. You can implement a few solutions here and there in the house, leaving the choice of upgrades to future owners.


We at HDL Automation can assist you in all the stages of your home design project. We can discuss what smart home solutions best match your budget, desired results, and target homeowner's needs. After this initial discussion, we'll come up with a detailed home automation plan. Once you've made up your mind and are ready to start, we can arrange an installation date to design together your dream house project.


Don't hesitate to invest in the potential of home automation for your design projects. Contact us now or find an HDL Automation distributor/dealer in your country!




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