Automated Home Systems make your home smarter and your life more simple and more fun!
Automated home systems can mean a simple adjustment to your home’s lighting or the implementation of a whole-house automated system. Understanding how it all works can be challenging, but Nicholas Mark, the owner of DC Home Systems, serving New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine, is an expert in both automated home systems and explaining how to use them. “Technology should enhance your life,” he says.
Putting the pieces together
Nick has been figuring out how things work and how they go together since childhood. “I’d take apart clocks, radios and stereos as a kid,” he says. “About half the time I’d be successful in putting them back together.” After getting a degree in physics and doing corporate-based work, he decided to change directions in the early 1990s.
Want a smarter home? Nick has a few ideas.
Customize Your Lighting
Being able to easily create the mood you want in any room, whether it’s task lighting when preparing meals or a softer glow when enjoying after dinner conversation, lighting is such a key element in making your home a relaxing and comfortable place to be.
Clients want lighting that can be easily changed depending on the activities. Nick’s team installed a keypad system with basic controls for high, medium and low lights. Rather than a one-size-fits-all version, “the homeowners define what they mean by those light levels and we tweak them,” he says. Now the clients have the lighting they need for spirited game nights or quiet evenings by the fire.
Automate Your Window Shades and Drapes
Motorized window treatments are a great choice, especially if you have a large number of windows to cover. Customizing them with the right type of fabric will give you the exact balance of light and privacy you want.
The owner of this Boston condominium loved the bay views, but she wanted to filter the light coming in the west-facing windows and have some privacy at night. Nick’s team installed motorized shades with a fabric that fit all of her needs. “You can still see some silhouettes, but nobody can see in,” he says. They also automated her lighting, audio, video, surveillance and climate control.
Add Speakers for More Music
If your goal is to have music in every room, the solution is whole house audio with speakers strategically placed. “It’s always better to have more average speakers than to have one or two high-quality speakers,” Nick says.
When building their home on the New Hampshire Seacoast, the clients emphasized the importance of music throughout house, but they didn’t want music to overwhelm the spaces. “They wanted the option for music selections to be great sounding and comfortable at low levels, but fun and louder in other spaces,” Nick says. They added speakers throughout the home including ceiling speakers in the kitchen, dining room and living room, best quality, in wall speakers and power sub-woofers in the media room and outdoor grade speakers for the patio and pool area.