Why should architects and interior designers embrace home technology?
Upon delivering our CEDIA, RIBA and BIID accredited CPD ‘Designing Integrated Future-Ready Homes’ to architects, Inspired Dwellings has seen an increasing acceptance in the integration of home technology. This is because architects are beginning to understand some of the benefits associated with it. However, for those of you who are still not convinced, we outline two key reasons why we think it is time to accept the home technology craze.
Some may believe that the installation of home technology can compromise design. Admittedly, home technology used to be bulky and stand out, however as technology has come so far, products are on the whole sleek and modern looking. Speakers from the likes of Bowers and Wilkins can be in-wall or in-ceiling to seamlessly blend in with the interior design, whilst speakers from Amina can be invisible! Televisions such as from LG and Samsung are elegant and thin, and can even be wall mounted to sit flush against the wall. Both these suppliers also sell curved TVs, and rather than considered to be obtrusive, they are viewed as a prominent feature to complement the room.
Another way to deliver an aesthetically pleasing solution is through hidden technology. Inspired Dwellings are able to hide technology if required, and this is evidenced in projects of ours such as Riverside. Here a projector and projector screen are hidden in the ceiling and can be revealed with the simple touch of a button via a motorised mount.
Products such as the ones mentioned above, and the hidden technology concept, can give a space a wow factor, without affecting the architect or interior designers work. Inspired Dwellings collaborate with the architect and interior designer from the beginning of the project to ensure everyone’s view is considered whilst keeping the clients’ needs in mind. Further, our AV and lighting design drawings demonstrate where wires will run, and where home technology products will be installed to assure them that the building design nor the interior design will be compromised.
2. Competitive Advantage
Architects and interior designers may want to adapt to work with home technology integrators as they are likely to benefit from it; home technology is fast becoming the norm. This is because client demand is increasing as it becomes more readily available and affordable to the mass market. Therefore, clients may want to hire an architect with the best connections, one who has experience working with a respected AV integrator. This as well as having photographic evidence from previous projects could give you the competitive advantage you are looking for.
Keeping up with home technology trends will allow you to stay ahead of competitors but will also enable you to educate clients, those with some home technology knowledge, and those without any. If clients are pleased with the knowledge provided, for example when you inform them about the benefits of future proofing their property in preparing for new home technology products that will soon emerge on the market, your company will benefit from positive word of mouth, and new business opportunities.
If your client is interested in having home technology installed into their property, please do not hesitate to contact Inspired Dwellings on 020 7736 6007 and someone will be more than happy to help.