February 2018
Dear Friend,

February is a transitional month. The holidays are over, yet the fun activities of spring have not yet arrived. One thing you can do to get your juices flowing is to start planning your home remodeling project. Below we are introducing some brand new smart products you may want consider for your home.

Cody Byrd, AMB, AR, CGR, CAPS, CGP
NC Accredited Master Builder and Remodeler

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Smart-Home Connectivity

This year the Design & Construction Week (DCW) took place in Orlando while the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was going on simultaneously in Las Vegas. Both shows were exhilarating to attend because of the multiple high-tech consumer products that were introduced throughout the exhibit halls. Innovations in smart-home connectivity made a huge impact at the shows this year—it is definitely the big trend in 2018. Amazing new smart-home connected appliances and devices created curiosity and excitement in everyone as they gathered around the products to give them a try.

The International Builders’ Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show were the two shows co-located at the 2018 DCW. Numerous companies entered their latest, spectacular, top-of-the-line products in the Best of IBS Awards and the Best of KBIS Awards competition. Not surprisingly, a great majority of the award winners are products designed for smart home connectivity. Here are some examples:
Imagine having a smart thermostat in your home like the ecobee4 (pictured above) that you can control through its touch-screen, a smart device or voice. Alexa voice service lets you ask your ecobee4 to adjust your home’s temperature, while ecobee4 also delivers comfort and energy savings via sensor technology.

Or perhaps you would like a smoke/CO alarm like the Onelink Safe & Sound (pictured right) that sends alerts to your devices in an emergency. Built-in Alexa voice services provide hands-free commands, while multi-room intercom functionality lets you communicate with your family, or listen to music.

The VELUX Active system (bottom photo) monitors the indoor air climate in your home, as well as local weather forecasts. Then it automatically opens and closes your skylights and skylight blinds as needed. VELUX Active uses a smartphone app, Apple HomeKit, and provides voice activation control.  

Would you like to own Samsung’s Front Load Washer with QuickDrive? Not only does it offer a faster wash time, the intelligent Q-rator laundry assistant takes the guesswork out of doing laundry from a mobile device. It provides automatic recommendations for optimal wash cycles, and monitors your washer to keep it operating at optimal performance.

Left to right: Samsung QuickDrive Front Load Washer, Samsung Family Hub smart fridge, and GE Kitchen Hub.

In addition to these award winning products, the 2018 exhibits included refrigerators that have cameras inside. If you are out grocery shopping and wonder if you have enough milk, you can find out through your smart phone connection. Samsung’s Family Hub smart refrigerator has a large screen on the door that can act as your recipe finder, weather channel, smart speaker and more.

Or you could install the GE Kitchen Hub above your kitchen range to function as a ventilator, while it also controls all of your smart-home devices even if they are not made by GE. The hub lets you watch recipe videos, listen to music, check on the weather and make video calls.

There are so many wonderful smart products available in 2018—many more than we have listed here. Which products would you like to have in your home? Luckily you do have some time to mull it over because several of them will not be available until the summer or fall.

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Owner of Vision Design Build Remodel, Cody Byrd comes from a family with many generations working in the construction industry. He loves giving back to our great community and helping its residents enjoy better living. At Vision DBR, we take your home building project from start to finish—including all design and construction. Through years of experience and staying up to date with industry certifications—we make sure your home project will meet your needs for many years to come.
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