Architects can now guide the homeowner and building team in a critical area.
For the first time, there is an online tool that makes the selection and installation of an entire new home technology suite easy and far less expensive. An architect, either with their client or independently, can visit www.casaintegration.com, answer a few simple questions about what technology is desired in the home, and the site does the rest – equipment lists, budgets, cabling specifications, and helpful information for bringing it all together.
The new tool, which is available now, automatically takes care of basics like WiFi and fundamental wiring, and then asks what other features are desired. TVs, music throughout the home, lighting control, motorized shades, surveillance cameras, “smart” thermostats, and more – almost anything a client would want in a new home, tech-wise, is covered. The company says its tool is perfect for a 1,500 to 5,000 square foot home.
“Frankly, I hope to make what I’ve been doing for the last 15 years mostly obsolete,” says Dean Clough, Founder and President of Casa Integration. “I came to realize that the methods employed by me and nearly everyone else in the same business in the end fail our clients. They’re too complicated, too intimidating, and not reliable enough, especially given the expense involved.”
In an industry variously known as “Residential Technology Integration” or “Custom Installation”, the traditional approach is a lot of complex gear installed by expensive specialists that, while often providing useful and fun capabilities, tends to be expensive at the start and no less so to maintain.
Clough believes we’re at a watershed moment: individual products are now so capable, that by carefully selecting the right pieces, the vast majority of people will be very happy with the outcome. Casa Integration has meticulously distilled things to the point where everything can be installed by the building team, a handyman, or even by motivated DIY’ers. Most importantly, it enables the architect to direct the building team in this ever-more-critical area of the home building process.
Initial feedback from the architect community has been excellent. Upon learning of the concept while it was still under development, veteran San Francisco architect David Armour exclaimed “I need this for the new home I’m building myself!” “Mission accomplished,” says Clough.