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A Historic Home Gets a Smart Makeover

Design Uncut Episode

On this episode of Design Uncut, we discuss how a historic Federal style home in Quincy,IL was brought into the 21st century through careful preservation, energy management and smart home technology. With us to share the project’s vision, challenges and solutions are Director of Interior Design at Srote & Co Architects Heather Helms and frequent Design Uncut guest CEO and Sales & Marketing Director at Integration Controls, Jamie Briesemeister and your usual hosts CEO of Modenus Media, Veronika Miller and CEO of KMB Communications, Katye McGregor Bennett.

TAGS: Design Uncut | Video

Technology Designer Magazine Feature

Preservation Architecture

Technology Designer Magazine Feature

By Douglas Weinstein

Preservation architecture involves keeping a structure from being destroyed and at the same time, seeing to it that the structure is not irredeemably altered or changed. Preservation projects should be flexible, allowing the architect and designers to preserve what is unique and irreplaceable while bringing the building up to modern safety and accessibility standards. There is also a survival of the fittest mentality inherent in preservation projects, protecting not just the beauty of a space, but also the neighborhood and cultural aspects that have occurred over time where events have shaped shared history.

Preserving an older home places additional layers of respon- sibility on decisions regarding materials and the final appearance, in addition to retaining the maximum amount of original building fabric. Case in point, a gorgeous turn-of-the-century brick-clad home in Quincy, where a dedicated team of design-build colleagues collaborated in a preservation and expansion project that retained the essence of the original design while interlacing newer methodologies to ensure the building’s longevity.

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TAGS: Technology Designer

So Much More than Just a Piece of Paper...

So Much More than Just a Piece of Paper...

Every industry has its share of certifications. In our industry, we have them for best of class installation, building networks, designing acoustically-accurate rooms and home theaters, and more. While these certifications typically stay with an individual, until recently, there hasn't been a certification for an entire company.

Enter the Home Technology Association, or HTA.

This Home Technology Association certification is no quick or easy thing to attain. It's arduous. It involves a deep dive into design practices, implementation, insurance, service policies, employment manuals, and overall -- how business is conducted. In fact, HTA-certified home technology professionals have a seal of approval that is in many ways much more significant than a Better Business Bureau "A+" rating -- although that's important too. The Home Technology Association fact checks every response and piece of information a prospective dealer submits when seeking certification, so that when a business carries that designation, you can be sure it's well-deserved and hard-earned.

TAGS: CEDIA | Home Integration | Home Technology | HTA | Smart Home

Great Gift Ideas for 2018!

Great Gift Ideas for 2018!

It's that time of year again, when turkey sandwiches are being distributed daily in lunchboxes, and Black Friday seems to extend through December. Instead of being overwhelmed by big box retailers and high-pressure sales, Integration Controls offers you a tailored approach to your home technology needs, ensuring Santa gets the right gift for the lucky person on your holiday list.

Our suggestions will enhance the life of any lucky recipient, whether that means a killer audio-visual experience, smoking fast Wi-Fi or app control of their home! Best of all, we will wrap and deliver any of these items to your door, ready for the holidays!

Interested in custom installation? Oh yes, we do that too.  (Read on for an exclusive offer!)

TAGS: Cable | Christmas | Home Automation | Music | Remote | Sonos | Sony | TiVo | TV | Wi-Fi