Unbelievably Useful Gadgets To Utilize In a Custom Home

Have you ever seen the Disney Original Movie, “Smart House”? In the 1999 movie, a 13-year-old boy wins a completely computerized house that cleans dishes, makes food, and controls a whole assortment of household necessities and chores. This seems like a dream house until the internal computer system goes out of control.

Today, we have all sorts of gadgets helping to control our homes — from thermostats controlled via smartphone to refrigerators that keep track of what food items you need to purchase from the grocery store. While the “Smart House” movie demonstrated a technological disaster that only the ‘90s could have imagined, today’s technology helps us live a peaceful and organized life.

When partnering with Holmes by Design for your custom built home, consider adding one or more of these smart home gadgets to your new abode.

A Programmable Thermostat

The concept of a thermostat has been around for years upon years. But now we have the ability to control our thermostat from anywhere in the world. Smart thermostats are quickly becoming a popular gadget and accessory for families building custom homes.

There are plenty of smart thermostats to choose from. When purchasing a thermostat, be sure that it is compatible with your smartphone, the layout of your home, and meets your particular atmospheric needs.

A great example is the Ecobee3 smart thermostat. This thermostat can sense whether or not a room has been cooled or warmed properly. Once the room hits the intended temperature has been reached, the thermostat tells the heat or A/C to turn off.

Smart Security Cameras

As a homeowner, safety is one of your highest priorities. In today’s digital age, many homeowners are electing to install security cameras around their property. Instead of having to hook up an inside monitoring system, you can keep an eye on your home and property directly from your smartphone.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to be on the beach, open your smartphone, and know that your home is 100% safe and secure? It’s possible!

Complete Home Automation

When you partner with Holmes by Design for your custom built home, we can outfit your new house with a Control 4 Complete Home Automation system. If you’re looking to live the life of luxury and convenience, look no further than this one-of-a-kind gadget.

The Control 4 home automation system allows you to interact with your home directly from your smartphone or tablet. Some of your automation options include:

  • Lighting Control
  • Television, Speaker, Radio and Other Entertainment Control
  • Temperature, Spa, and Comfort Control
  • Smart Locks, Video Monitoring, Security Alerts, Alarms, and Safety Control

The Benefits of a Smart Home

Having a home complete with innovative products provides more benefits than sheer convenience. A smart home can also provide you with increased security, peace of mind, and increased value.


Imagine being at the office when your smartphone prompts you with a notification from your home security system. Someone has broke in to your home! Thanks to your smart home technology, you can immediately contact the authorities and fix the dangerous situation right away. In fact, many smart security systems contact the police and proper authorities at the first instance of any threats to the safety of your home and family.

Peace of Mind

Knowing that you can control almost every aspect of your home with the push of a button can offer homeowners peace of mind. From your lights, to the controls of your outdoor spa, to even the oven and dishwasher, everything you need in your home is right at your fingertips.

Increased Home Value

While custom homes already have a great market value, adding a smart home system to your house only increases the value as well. Those looking to move into a house that already has a state-of-the-art technology system built in will be willing to spend more than the average price on a home.

Contact Holmes by Design for More Information On Our Custom Homes

When you’re ready to discuss your custom home complete with the Control 4 home automation system, contact Holmes by Design.