Building a new house affords the owners complete control over everything from the architectural design to the contractors to the materials used. When Sarah and Mark Huff cleared a decrepit caretakers hut off their 3-acre property in California, they had all the tools they needed to build a fantastic new 5,000 square foot home. The Huff family had operated a sawmill in the area for six generations over a span of more than 100 years, so they knew a lot of contractors and architects in the area. The one aspect they needed help with was the home’s automation system, which led them to meet Justin Brees of AM House.
After meeting with Brees, the Huffs started to see just how big of a difference a modern home automation system could make in their daily lives. With the ELAN g! system they learned that they could control lighting, audio, video, window shades, security, surveillance and more, all from their smartphones and tablets. Mobile control was a big selling point for the Huffs because they travel a lot and have multiple buildings on their property, including horse stables where Sarah raises rescue horses that are brought in from as far away as Texas. Proving that the right integrator makes all the difference, Brees spent time with the Huffs talking about how they go about their day in the home and used their real experiences and schedules to create scenes for lighting and window shades to make their home living as comfortable and effortless as possible. Brees programmed individual shades to specific settings based on time of day, so in the living room for instance, at dusk certain shades go up while two others stay down to eliminate any glare on the TV. “You can put the best technology in the world in a home, but if it’s not easy to use and the person installing it doesn’t know what they are doing 100 percent, it won’t be useful,” Huff added. “We can log in no matter where we are and see what is going on in real time. Between the security system and the cameras, we’re never more than a few taps away from our home. The ELAN g! system helps us stay connected and worry free.”