Family and Technology Come Together At The Appel Home
"We moved here from Houston to be near family, and love it when the kids visit. We have DVR boxes for me, Sandy and the guest bedroom. This way, the grandkids can watch their favorite shows and we don't have to worry about running out of space," shared Paul.
All of the DVRs, including the one in the 'princess room' for their daughter, are conveniently located in a central equipment rack along with other technology automating their home.
"I am an engineer by degree, so I love technology," said Paul. "Right now, there are five light switches in the room we are in, but with the push of one button I can select the 'scene lighting', including nighttime, morning, or the entertaining setting - which we like to use when watching TV or having dinner with friends."
As we start to talk about the in-wall speakers throughout the home, Sandy excitedly asks what kind of music I like as she looks through her Pandora stations.
"The ability to remote access everything from my iPhone is my favorite part of the technology. I can play my favorite music in each room and adjust any of the three thermostats we have throughout the entire house. When I am relaxing at home I sometimes have to remind myself to get up and walk around because everything can literally be controlled from my phone," Sandy shared, chuckling.
The Appel's home originally came pre-wired, and they took their time finding an installer they clicked with. After speaking with four local companies they partnered with BlueSpeed.
"BlueSpeed's technology had a lot more room for expansion," said Paul. "We don't feel limited by it, but instead we feel like we can more forward with the technology in the future."
So what's next for the Appel home? They look forward to making more family memories as the temps grow colder by using the theater room for movie nights and football. And as the seasons change they hope to spruce up the pool and outdoor patio with more speakers to accommodate larger family gatherings.
"Last summer, we had over 20 people on our patio trying to watch the fireworks," said Sandy. "We had a great time watching multiple displays, but are definitely going to have to bump up the audio capabilities if we're going to do that again!"