Gorgeous Master Bedroom Retreat!

IMG_8815Today we are showing off this absolutely gorgeous master bedroom retreat and the technology we were able to incorporate in it.  This room has a distributed audio system comprised of RBH speakers, Sonos and all controlled by Total Control.

First thing you might be asking is “What is a distributed audio system?”  Since we are all about education, let’s start at the basics with that.  The definition of a distributed audio system or what is sometimes referred to as whole house audio, is a music system that allows for playback and often control of music throughout an entire home or building.  Many times people only think about music like this in commercial spaces like offices or restaurants, but more and more, systems like these are becoming common place in homes.

Screen Shot 2018-10-23 at 2.23.54 AMWith the onset of music streaming devices like Sonos which was founded in 2002 and gained mass recognition between 2011 and IMG_88312014, distributed audio has been much easier to integrate into households.  Sonos is a company that has
developed and designed many free standing speakers that allow you to stream your music services like iHeart Radio, Pandora, Spotify and many more (over 60 services are currently available as of this writing).  In this distributed audio system however, we used some different Sonos hardware.

We used a Sonos Connect in our system with RBH in-ceiling speakers.  In whole house systems like this, although we could use Sonos free-standing speakers, we were opting for a cleaner and more streamlined look.  When you are Unknown4working on a house from the ground up, we have the opportunity to hardwire for in-ceiling speakers.  This frees up counter space that you would need for free-standing speakers, but still allows for the ease of control of your music with the simple to use Sonos streaming app.

We paired this with RBH frameless in-ceiling speakers.  With these frameless speakers, it Unknownmeans that there are no plastic frames around Unknown3the speakers that might become discolored over time.  RBH allows us to order these speakers in either black, like we used here, or white and with either circle or square grills.  They can also be custom painted to match any color you like.

Many times when you hear about someone having a distributed audio system in the house you might begin to look for the volume control knobs in the room….but noScreen Shot 2018-10-23 at 3.02.29 AMt here…this home has a central control system.  Volume control knobs used to be popular in controlling both the on/off and volume in a house or building, but since the onset of the smart phone that enables you to have a controller with you at all times, we have seen these go by the wayside.  In addition to cleaning up what we like to call “wall acne”, we find that it is so much easier for our clients to use their smartphone, a table top remote, a wall mounted touch panel or a handheld remote to not only control their music, but all of the systems within their house.

The control system that we used in this house is Total Control by URC (Universal Remote Control).  Introduced in 2011 with their 2.0 IMG_8808upgrade in 2017, Total Control has been a global leader in automation and control.
A system like this is essentially what we like to refer to as the “brain” of the house.  Many devices these days, like Sonos come with their own individual app that you can use on your phone, so why would you need a control system?  Well, I’ll be addressing that in a future blog post, but for now, the basic answer is that by having one central control system like Total Control in the house it allows us to tie all of these apps and therefore the function of these connected devices together.  Tying these devices together allows us to create scenes or situations where these devices can work in partnership with one another.

If you are interested in learning more about distributed audio for your house or business, feel free to visit our website or find us on Facebook or Instagram.  As always, I welcome any questions you might have about these or any other technology products for your home.  Feel free to leave me a message or let me know of another product you’d like to learn a little more about, I’ll do my best to accommodate your request.

2018 Fall Parade of Homes with Miles Builders

It’s that time of year again…the Grand Rapids Home Builders Fall Parade of Homes has kicked off and I am excited to share with you a unique perspective of house #21.  I partnered with Miles Builders on this project as their Technology Designer, so not only will you see an absolutely GORGEOUS custom home, you will be privy to a behind the scenes look at all of the technology that we used in the space.

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This beautiful modern inspired home is located in Byron Center and has one of a kind views.  It boasts over 6,400 square feet of pure luxury!  IMG_8835 There are dynamic contrasting colors, a variety of textures and modern touches that make this home a show stopper…and don’t even get IMG_8849me started on the technology!

Don Miles at Miles Builders knew that in order for this custom built spec home to exude the elegance that his potential buyers were going to demand he needed to consult with a Technology Designer and thats when he contacted me and my team at TruMedia.

We worked together to create a clean, modern and welcoming space using technology to bring the family together and to make sure that the potential owners would be prepared for additional technology in the future.

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Each day this week I am going to showcase a different room in the home on the blog and will be offering you a more in depth view of these rooms in the form of video on my YouTube channel, Instagram TV, Facebook Page and IMG_8853Instagram Page at both @TruTechInsights and @TruMediaHome.  I hope you’re willing to come along on this journey with me as I introduce you to this magnificent home and if you have any questions for either me or Don Miles, the builder, feel free to shoot me a message and I’ll be happy to get you an answer.  If you have a piece of technology that you’d like to know more about or to have me review, send me a suggestion and I’ll see what I can do to accommodate.

Thanks for joining me on this journey…I can’t wait to show you more!