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Crestron Helps Couple Manage 8,000 Square Feet

By Lisa Montgomery
System manages every electronic device in this Chicago home, including lights, thermostats, security, and A/V equipment.


It's hard enough for professionals in the home electronics business to keep up with technology. So when consumers start looking at TVs, speakers and Blu-ray players, the options can seem overwhelming.


Choosing technology for a home becomes even more complicated when you realize that there are more than just TVs and sound systems to consider. Automated lighting, motorized shades and whole-house control systems are just a few of the lesser-known systems that can add real value to your home.



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A Chicago couple was just so enlightened during the construction of their 8,000-square foot home. At the beginning of the project, we just wanted our house to have a cutting-edge stereo system and some flat-panel TVs, says the homeowner. But that was before he and his wife became acquainted with the technology experts at Baumeister Electronic Architects in nearby Niles, IL. Per the recommendation of their architect, Mark Demsky of Chicago, the couple arranged to meet with Baumeister president John Baumeister.


John took us to a home nearby and gave us a demo of the home control system, the owners explain. When we saw how easy the system was to use and what a difference it could make in the home environment, we knew we had to have something like it for our own home.


That something ended up being a Crestron home control system. The field trip left quite an impression on the homeowners, and they decided to put the system in charge of nearly every electronic device in their home, including the lights, thermostats, security cameras, motorized draperies, and audio and video equipment.

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