If you’re remodeling your kitchen to be the latest and greatest in design and cooking trends, why not consider including entertainment trends, as well? As the kitchen has become the “heart” of the home and the gathering spot for both entertaining and everyday living, it makes sense to incorporate today’s technology into the kitchen. It’s not just a space for iPod, iPad and iPhone chargers, it’s a place that can bring you the day’s events on a flat screen television built into the kitchen cabinetry or pipe your favorite iPod tracks throughout the home with the touch of a button. Lighting, window treatments and security can all be accessed and controlled from a touch pad in the kitchen, or anywhere else that you deem a central location.
Most custom builders and remodelers don’t provide these technology services, but they have subcontractors or specialists who do. Electronics installation and integration is a field unto itself, and thecustom remodeler who establishes a relationship with a good electronics installer will reap the rewards. As a customer, you’ll be able to communicate your high-tech vision, and your designer, architect and builder will add another valuable member to the team. The audio/video system can be as discreet or as much a focal point as you wish. It can also be as simple as a flat screen on the counter or as complex as a whole-house system with touch-screen controls in the kitchen – the heart of the home. If technology is part of your lifestyle, having the controls at your fingertips is an important part of the remodeling effort. Just as your builder has specialists in plumbing and electrical, he can generally recommend an audio/video specialist, because ultimately, it will make your end result better.