HGTV recently hosted media at the first HGTV Smart Home in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. As you might expect, their number-one question was “what makes this home so smart?”
Designed by architect Mike Stauffer, AIA, and constructed by Glenn Layton Homes, the HGTV Smart Home 2013 measures approximately 2,400 square feet and features more than 1,000 square feet of covered porches, decks and pool. Smart home technology connects many of the home’s appliances and devices, and allows occupants to monitor energy use and control home systems such as security, interior climate, lighting and other electronics. The HGTV Smart Home 2013 is built to meet the Consumer Electronics Association’s TechHome Rating specifications for technology infrastructure.
Entries for this year’s HGTV Smart Home Giveaway open on April 11.
“The features and functionality of this home are like nothing we’ve ever offered in HGTV home giveaways, and set the standard for creative spaces and ways that consumers can use emerging technology to improve their homes,” said Jack Thomasson, HGTV house planner.
Sound complicated? Not really. One of the greatest features of the HGTV Smart Home is that it demonstrates that anyone can incorporate a degree of smart technology into their own home in an affordable way. Here are Jack’s “Five Reasons to Go Smart in Your Home.”
HGTV House Planner Jack Thomasson interviews during Tuesday’s media day.
- Find a system that speaks your language. Technology can be intimidating, but it can be explained within your comfort zone. It’s so frustrating to invest in something that doesn’t offer a return. When you invest in technology for your home, take care to find the right system.
- Maximize security options. This can make your life easier and more secure and bring you peace of mind. For example, a front door that you can lock and unlock from a smart phone can free you of giving precious house keys away that can be duplicated at any hardware store. Or, discreet security cameras can alert you when someone is approaching your home.
- Enjoy the luxury of remote function. That same technology that brings you security can bring you luxury. When you can control your home remotely, you eliminate everyday worries. If you become distracted while filling the bathtub, you’re covered — a Smart Home will shut it off automatically at a pre-designated fill level.
- Embrace “smart” technology. The right tech choices — from energy efficiency to better use of your time — will make you more effective. There is no need to walk from room to room turning off lights, because you can adjust lights with an app that controls them inside and outside the home. Or control the temperature in your home with a smart thermostat that you can adjust from anywhere.
- Have fun. Technology can and should be fun. As you incorporate technology into your home and connect appliances and devices electronically, you’ll marvel at the newfound freedoms you didn’t even realize you’d lost and the functionality you didn’t know you were missing. Wireless advancements have made technology more available, more affordable and more user-friendly than ever.
Members of the media at Tuesday’s media event.
Besides showcasing technology and helping consumers understand how to use it in their own homes, the HGTV Smart Home provides a great platform for many loyal advertisers to present their products and services in an environment that only HGTV can deliver.
The fully furnished HGTV Smart Home 2013 features products provided by national advertising partners including GMC, Bassett Furniture, Moen, Shaw Floors, ADT Security Services, Bush Brothers & Company, Quicken Loans, Garnier, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Tempur-Pedic Management, LLC., Trex Company, Inc., and Char-Broil.
The first HGTV Smart Home is move-in ready for one new owner who’ll claim the fully-furnished home, a new GMC vehicle and $100,000 in the first HGTV Smart Home Giveaway. The entry period runs April 11-May 31. Get more details at hgtv.com/smarthome.