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Hands-free, secure and full of bass: How to create the smart home of your dreams

The Seattle Times Oct. 24, 2019 at 2:45 pm

It seems like everyone is doing it. Talking to Alexa, asking Google questions, dimming the lights and turning on the oven with an app.

Yes, smart homes are hot, and for good reason: They can save valuable resources such as energy and money. But is being that plugged-in really all it’s cracked up to be? There are issues of privacy, and of just being overwhelmed by technology.

We talked to some experts and did a little digging of our own in order to pass on some key tips and products to help build the smart home of your dreams — rather than something out of a dystopian nightmare.

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Because Seattle has one of the highest rates of property theft in the country, you may be looking to beef up security on the home front. Thanks to advances in technology and industry disrupters, there are now an array of options for home security systems, from simple to robust.

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10 Home Design Trends Making a Statement in Seattle

The next generation of interior design will move you.

 MARC ROUSSO, CEO, JAYMARC HOMES, FUTURECAST FORUM MEMBER | Updated: November 27, 2018
Originally Appeared in Seattle Mag

10453 SE 19th St Bellevue - $3,468,888 (Monte Carlo Plan)

Sponsored by Realogics, Inc.

The tech industry has planted deep roots in the greater Seattle area, and it was only going to be a matter of time before it made its mark on housing. It has been a lot of fun to integrate more innovative technology into our homes, such as “smart” thermostats and remote lighting controls. But, just as transitional design fuses modern materials with more classic architectural design, cutting-edge components are seamlessly integrated within tried-and-true planning to deliver the best of both worlds. After all, who would want to live inside a server room?

We look at technology in terms of how it can relevantly enhance the classic comforts of home. These are some of the trends that we see continuing into the near future – you’ll notice lots of the familiar on a larger, more luxurious scale. Ultimately, we all want to love where we live.

1. Islands: The Bigger the Better

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Top 10 Tech Transformations for a Smarter Home

How modern home design is taking the fiction out of sci-fi.

 CAMERON ALAVI, WIPLIANCE  | Updated: November 27, 2018

The concept of the smart home is no longer reserved for sci-fi flicks and Jetson-esque cartoons, which just a few short years ago may have seemed lifetimes away. Increasingly more homes are becoming connected, intelligent, and changing the way we live our daily lives, moving us closer to the once fictionalized idea of a technologically advanced home. As demand for smarter homes increases, these ten trends are quickly weaving their way into home design across the Puget Sound and beyond:

1. Advanced Home Networking

It seems difficult to imagine living our lives without access to the internet. Much in the same way that people depend on the internet, so do smart homes and the devices in them. Many experts refer to this as the “Internet of Things”, or the network of devices, appliances, and features that we operate with wireless, mobile and voice controls to create a smart home. The most basic prerequisite for a smart home is a solid internet connection and very good in-home Wi-Fi. Sticking a router in your laundry room and hoping for the best simply doesn’t cut it anymore because every device, from surveillance cameras to thermostats, needs to live on the network if it is going to be integrated into the home. The network structure in today’s smart homes typically consists of enterprise class networking equipment including several strategically placed Wireless Access Points (WAPs) to ensure that the whole home is blanketed in solid Wi-Fi coverage.

Image courtesy of Wipliance

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425 Northwest Idea House

Originally Appeared in 425 Magazine 

Lisa Patterson | Sept. 21. 2017 

Blocks away from an evolving downtown Bellevue and its ever-changing skyline, and steps from Meydenbauer Bay, is a stunning home perched on a hill overlooking Whaler’s Cove. This year’s 425 Northwest Idea House built by JayMarc Homes of Mercer Island and designed by Medici Architects of Bellevue is a 5,690-square-foot masterpiece — every detail meticulously thought out and executed to perfection.

“It turned out beautiful,” said Marc Rousso, president of JayMarc Homes. “It has really nice views, especially at night. But my favorite part about this project was allowing people to showcase their talents — that is the coolest part, that the team could come together and really show what they can do.”

Rousso and his best childhood friend, Jay Mezistrano, have been business partners since college. JayMarc Homes has been building homes on Mercer Island and in Bellevue for seven years and has grown to 33 team members who collectively have about “450 years of experience” in the industry.

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Wipliance, LLC Expands to Scottsdale, AZ

Celebrates 10 Years of Service and a New Location

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Wipliance & RSIR Partner To Host “LOL” – Luxury Outdoor Living – Event At Mercer Island Waterfront Estate

Guests Welcome the Season with Drop Tops, Flip Flops and Pop Rock

Source: RSIR 

On May 19thRealogics Sotheby’s International Realty (“RSIR”), Wipliance and OBOT ElectricFerrari of SeattleDeLille CellarsAnnette Dresser at J. HilburnFerretti YachtsAquaQuip, Greenbaum Home Furnishings and broker duo Mary Norris and Paige Norris Fuijii of Norris + Norris jointly welcomed scores of invited guests to a luxury waterfront estate on Mercer Island for the inaugural “LOL” (Luxury Outdoor Living) Event. The showcase of luxury brands highlighted the enviable lifestyles provided by market leaders in real estate, audio/visual, automobiles, wine, fashion, pools and spas, outdoor furnishings and others to ring in the summer season.

Above (From Left): Mary Norris of RSIR, Lee Travis of Wipliance & OBOT Electric, & Stacy Jones of RSIR.

“The event demonstrated the unparalleled entertaining and living opportunity presented by our Mercerfully Modern listing on Mercer Island,” said Mary Norris, a Senior Global Real Estate Advisor with RSIR. “This is just one of the many memories that will be created by this spectacular lakeside estate – a new owner will be well positioned for many, many more.”

Norris thanks Lee Travis of Wipliance for originating the idea to kick off the summer sales season and inspire residents to either augment their current residence and lifestyle with new ideas or consider a new residence.

Mercerfully Modern is a perfectly executed luxury modern estate sited on 110 feet of Lake Washington shoreline. Exquisite custom details and use of the finest hand selected natural materials, from the spectacular curved glass staircase, to the custom metal handrail that anchors stunning hand-wired walnut floors. Features include a waterside master suite, state-of-the-art Chef’s Kitchen, glass walls of windows that provide natural light, and nano-doors unfolding toward multiple outdoor entertaining-terraces. Aquatic adventures abound at a sandy beach with deep water moorage and a boat & jet ski lift. Gated & Private.

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