Want to upgrade your house to a “smart home”? You’re not alone. According to a study by Houzz, almost half of people who renovate their homes decide to install smart technology. This smart home automation trend is especially popular throughout the Granite Bay, California area, where smart technology offers an easy way to increase property values while also making homes more energy-efficient and beautiful.

But the big question on everyone’s mind is how to go from a regular house to a smart house. Keep reading to learn the answer.


At the core of any smart home, you will find a central control system that connects all of the smart devices throughout the property. This central system is what sets apart a full smart home from just a home that happens to have some smart technology. That’s because, with smart home automation, all of these connected devices work together to make your home more efficient, comfortable, and convenient.

So what central control system should you add? There are lots of great options out there, and the best choice for you will depend on certain factors such as the size of the home and what you want to do with the smart technology. That said, three of our favorite control brands are URC, and Control4. These automation brands provide quality systems that can control just about any feature in your home—like audio, video, lighting, and security.


Once you have picked out a control system, it’s time to decide how you’re going to use it! The sky is practically the limit when it comes to deciding what you want to upgrade, but here are a few of the most popular options to help inspire you:

  • Lighting: Imagine being able to adjust all the lights in your home at the push of a button or single voice command. We can upgrade all of the light fixtures, from lamps to chandeliers, and even make your window shades smarter so that you can control the natural light in each room.
  • Media: Most households have at least two televisions, a Blu-ray or DVD player, gaming consoles, and sound systems—that’s a lot of media devices. And in the average home, each of these devices has to be managed separately. But with smart media control, you can access every device and streaming service right from your smartphone. Adjust the volume, change the station, or turn on a specific device from wherever you are.
  • Climate: Thermostat or HVAC control makes it easy to save on energy each month and make sure you always have the perfect temperature in every room of your home. A smart thermostat can even communicate with lighting sensors connected to motorized window shades. When the blazing California sun starts to heat up each room, the window shades can automatically close to avoid solar heat gain.

Of course, there are a lot of neat and unique things you can add to your system, like a smart refrigerator or pool control. That’s one of the main advantages of this technology—you can customize it to fit your lifestyle!

So what’s the next step? Contact us and one of our home technology pros would love to chat with you about the process of adding a smart system to your home.