The people behind Integration Controls…

In 2004, my husband Jeff and I co-founded Integration Controls in St. Louis, MO.

Our vision was the same then as it is now: simplify technology for our clients, using the right products and solutions to meet their needs and exceed expectations.

Take a minute (and one second, to be exact) for an inside look at what motivates the people behind Integration Controls.

To get to know us even more, click on this blog for the story behind the story.

What is CEDIA, you may wonder?  It’s our industry trade association – the professional body that governs best practices and provides education to home technology providers across the world!

Jeff and I are both dedicated to our industry and consistently raise the bar for ourselves (and our competitors!)  As volunteers for CEDIA, we teach classes, participate in various committees, and work collaboratively with other audio/visual companies and smart home automation providers to ensure the highest level of success for our industry as a whole.

We thank CEDIA for asking us to be a part of the I AM CEDIA campaign.  It’s a true gift to be able to share our story with you in this way.

Thank you for watching!

Solutions that Simplify

As technology professionals, we are often asked to simplify home electronics for our clients here in St. Louis.  The problems we hear… Too many buttons.  Too many wires.  Ugly boxes.  Multiple controls.

Normally because this is what the client sees…

Remote Hell

Pile of home controls

…all over the house…

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‘Wall acne’ can be confusing and unsightly

This translates to problems we don’t always hear, but can ascertain…  Frustration.  Confusion.  Messiness.  Irritation.

These unspoken needs are heard loud and clear in our interview process.  When we hear feelings such as this, we discuss with our clients a number of solutions that simplify life and, as a team, we determine which is the best fit for individual wants, needs, priorities, and budget.

Let’s start with lighting control.

Lighting control allows you to adjust the lights in your space without having to interact with each switch, individually.  Given that most people interact with their lights every day, in very consistent ways, lighting control provides the ability to do so with one button press.  Imagine selecting ‘away’ from a button on a nearby keypad that adjusts all of your home’s lights, just as you want them, when you leave for the day.  For busy families, those who travel a lot, or high-level executives – this simple step gives back a ton of time to the homeowner and adds peace of mind, knowing lights are set just the way the client wants them.  House already built?  No worries: wireless options are possible!

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One button for ‘all off’ – imagine the convenience!

Design-friendly entertainment products simplify aesthetics.

Long-gone are console televisions (thank you design gods!), yet flat-panel televisions haven’t solved every design dilemma either.  The boxes you watch pile up somewhere near your television (complete with a wiring mess).  Add to this that nearly everyone wants to have a TV mounted above a fireplace mantle that’s too high, in a room that’s too big, or in a spot where one member of the house despises seeing it.  Thankfully, solutions exist for nearly every television design dilemma – from simple and hidden, to in-your-face extreme!

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Purpose-built, design-friendly televisions offer custom elegance

Wrapping it up with home automation.

For many, the term ‘home automation’ still sounds robotic and futuristic.  Well – like it or not, the future is now!  According to the June 2015 Houzz & Home report, nearly 25% of those who are considering renovating find integrating smart technology very important and the trend is rising.  Bringing lights, audio/visual systems, security systems, and more – together – makes life SO much more simple when implemented properly.  One button that literally does it all!

So – would you use home automation?  Consider these real-world scenarios and your quality of life when:

One device on the nightstand does everything you need to rest with peace of mind, knowing your home is just as you want it.

Put your home to ‘SLEEP’ and rest with peace of mind, knowing your home is just as you want it.

  • you are sick – your ‘off’ button can turn off lights and lower shades so you can rest.
  • you have children – ‘the-kids-did-it-again’ button can shut off the television and lights.
  • leaving for the day – ‘away’ might turn off your lights, audio/visual systems, and arm your security system.
  • going to bed – your custom ‘sleep’ button can lock your door, arm your security system, shut off the lights, lower your HVAC, close the shades – whatever YOU do at night, the ‘sleep’ button does it for you.  Talk about time savings!

Essentially, you can reap the benefits of a connected home – daily.

 

These solutions that simplify are real, they are tangible, and they can be beautiful.  If you find frustration, confusion, or irritation in your life – and feel these solutions can benefit you – consider looking for a CEDIA professional – or look no further and give us a call: 314.475.3080.

 

Case Study: Award Winning Home Theater

The Challenge:

Our client was building a new home and wanted to integrate a home theater experience that would trump that of traditional commercial movie megaplex. There’s just one problem, there is an underwater mural in the entertainment room that absolutely cannot be changed.

The Solution:

We worked with the room’s overall design to facilitate the best acoustic properties possible. Sidewalls were angled in toward the screen and an asymmetrical ceiling was built to reduce standing waves and add an aesthetic element to the room, while the thick-pile carpet and pad were used to absorb errant sound energy. The screen floats on three custom-made quarter inch steal brackets attached to the back wall, creating a floating screen effect and furthering the ocean theme.

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The Technology:

The audio system features drivers with high sensitivity, allowing them to play with clean precision at any volume level. And the video system includes a massive 160-inch, 2.40:1, high-gain screen and anamorphic lens. Accent lighting radiates behind the screen and spills from the ceiling to the walls from dimmable LED strip lights, all controlled from the theater’s handheld remote.

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Above & Beyond:Best_Technical_Design_2010h6> We used our design expertise to make the most of the technology we were bringing into the room. We leverage the ocean theme to create a full experience in the room, leaving no piece of coral unturned when finding ways to optimize the audio and visual experience in the space. Ultimately, ElectronicLiving agreed with us and awarded us a 2011 technical design award for our efforts.

Download the full Case Study here.

Case Study: Integration Controls Wins 2013 Best Integrated Home Award

It’s absolutely true what they say about loving your work: If you’re passionate about what you are doing, it’ll show in the final product.

One of our favorite projects received a silver award in technical design in 2013. You can download the full case study here or read the highlights below:

The first round of this project, technologically enhancing a 5,000-square-foot-lodge, was completed in 2011 and in 2012 the client reached back out to us for phase two.

The Challenge:

This time, our job was to turn two remote rural cabins into a technological haven for the owners who, wanted a retreat, but didn’t want to sacrifice their favorite creature comforts like music, television, and security.

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Our Solution:

The first step was security. We leveraged a fiber backbone that was the foundation of the original lodge to create a full network infrastructure that opened up a world of possibilities. We installed cameras around each individual cabin, that were able to record on the DVR in the lodge. Additionally, each cabin was also outfitted with its own alarm system that could be accessed remotely.

We also worked with the local wireless Internet service provider to enhance the bandwidth needed to support our creation.

Then came the focus on entertainment. AMX handheld MIO R4 remotes were used in each TV area for easy control. Dedicated satellite receivers fed each viewing area, as well as a dedicated Blu-ray in the master suite and shared Blu-ray in the living area. All of these sources switch through an HDMI distribution matrix and an audio matrix switcher. Audio was made available in several other areas using a Sonos Connect,  one of the satellites, or the shared Blu-ray player. The crown jewel was an iPad using AMX app that allowed for whole-house control of any area, as well as “party modes” for presets to listen to several rooms at once.

Here’s a snapshot of all the tech we packed into this wilderness respite:

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Going Above & Beyond

 

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If you take a closer look at the cabin, you’ll notice something: Even with that long list of different pieces of equipment listed above, you really don’t see any of it. All of our wires and widgets are hidden away, redirecting attention to the parts of the cabin that the inhabitants truly want to enjoy, the ambiance.

 

 

 

 

2013_HoursYou’re probably wondering what sort of time and expertise went into the finished product. Well, we’ve got an answer for that:

 

After 516.33 hours spent 3 hours away from our Rock Hill office, we completed a project that our clients, our team, and ElectronicLifestyle thought was truly award winning!

Welcome to Our Website: Quick Guide

If there’s one thing we know, it’s that magic moment when design and technology infuse together to create convenience and elegance.  That’s what our business is all about and that’s what this website is all about.  Like the services we provide our clients, it’s got the perfect blend of visual appeal and functionality.

Here’s a quick guide to all the bells, whistles, easter-eggs, and resources that sprinkle integrationcontrols.com. Feel free to browse around on your own or simply click through this easy list of  the outstanding features of this site:

  1. Two Tract Mind:

    What’s most important to you? Is it the design of your space or is it the technology that makes it all work? We’re experts at both, so you don’t have to be. This website has two paths you can adventure down depending on what information is most useful to you. Interested in the interior design elements of our services? Read about them in the design portal. If technology is more your thing, we’ve got that covered too.

  2. Seamless Integration:

    We work with both commercial and residential clients. The neat thing about our process is that it allows us to completely customize your final product for you. As you navigate around the site, you’ll notice that every nook and cranny of information can apply to either commercial or residential solutions. No matter what your specific need is, we’ll be able to tailor something that exceeds your expectations.

  3. No Stock Imagery Was Used In Making This Site:

    We know it is hard to believe, but it is true.  With the exception of a few blog posts, every single image on our website comes from an actual project we provided and is 100% real. You’ll notice a disclaimer at the bottom of the page telling you as much, but once you check out our gallery it might be hard to believe. Pretty cool, huh?

  4. Award Winning Style:

    Just like our projects, this website is award winning. You can keep up with our trophy shelf as it fills here.

  5.  Education & Resources:

    Our biggest goal with this website was to be able to better connect with our clients. This blog is intended to be a library of information to teach you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about home automation, design, technology, and luxury. We are thought leaders within our industry and we would be remiss not to share everything we know about how beneficial our solutions can be for daily living. Check back here regularly for updates and info about what’s trending, what’s working, and what’s awesome in our world and yours.

  6. We Want To Talk To You:

    We have tons of spots on this website where you can reach out and say: “Hello!”. We really want to hear from you! Ask us anything, we’re constantly monitoring the submissions to the forms on our website. We’ve even got a spot where you can try and stump us with your craziest project idea. Just like in-real-life, one of our team members is always around to chat about what’s on your mind.

  7. Let’s Get Social:

    We’ve got links to our Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Houzz pages at the bottom of every page of the website. You can even see our Facebook feed on the website if you look to your left! We want to make it as easy as possible for you to stay up-to-date on what we’ve got going on.

  8. Lots of Examples:

    We’re all about making luxury both tangible and intangible, the first step is opening up our huge portfolio of work and making it 100% accessible on whatever device is most convenient for you. Tablet, phone, desktop, whatever your preference; you can explore what we do at the touch of a button.

Click around! Explore! Get to know us and get a feel for how we infuse luxury into the lives of those we work with.