2019 IBS PREVIEW: THREE TIPS TO EMBRACE SMART TECHNOLOGY IN YOUR KITCHEN & BATH DESIGNS

From a shower to an oven, it’s now possible to automate and control just about anything in homes using a smartphone—especially features located in kitchens and baths, where homeowners spend most of their time getting ready for the day, preparing meals, entertaining, and unwinding.

During the KBIS session “Embracing Smart Technology In Your Kitchen & Bath Designs”, Jamie Briesemeister, sales and marketing director at St. Louis-based smart home automation company Integration Controls, will uncover how builders, architects, and remodelers can integrate smart technology into plans as an early part of the design process rather than an afterthought. Here, she shares three do’s and don’ts for educating buyers and clients about their options.

1. Embed the topic of technology into every design conversation for each project—just as you would for indoor plumbing or electrical work—to set realistic expectations. If tech is overlooked during the design process, then it isn’t a part of the project’s space plan, budget, or scheduling. After-the-fact installations cost more, and the options are limited if wiring isn’t available to properly support the scope of work.

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