For years, the custom installation industry — the guys who install $20,000-and-up systems for the rich and famous, as well as the manufacturers they install — has been courting the home builders of America. Even before the 2007 economic crash, it was tough sledding for them, as tech was way down on the list of things builders were looking to build into new homes. Much easier, and much less customer service headaches, when you install nice countertops as opposed to in-wall touchscreens that may or may not be futureproof.
Since the crash, the homebuilding industry has been beaten down and those installers were having even less success courting builders. Maybe, though, we’re on the verge of a comeback story.
Savant, one of the top brands in the home automation and control business (or what they call “smart home technology”), just announced that its newest product line, Smart Series, will be present at Lennar for Landmark, an 1,800-unit community in Doral, Florida. According to the company, the Smart Series enables homeowners to monitor security systems, smoke and CO detectors, security cameras, lighting, smart thermostats, energy usage and home entertainment gear, all from a single smartphone app. At Lennar for Landmark, Smart Series will control entertainment, lighting and thermostats, “with further upgrades available to the homeowner.”
The company claims the cost of a Savant solution can be as low as $1,000 per room. If you’re looking into home automation, Savant is one of the names you should check out. Or just buy one of the Lennar homes and it’ll be built in!