Spring into some home reno ideas and technology upgrades for your home. Darren Finocks of Vision Home Services talks with us about changing technology within our homes and simplifying the way we live.

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With the arrival of the long-awaited Spring season, many homeowners may now be considering their next home project, renovation or home upgrade(s) including technology enhancements. With home technology solutions growing at a rapid pace which ultimately streamlines, simplifies and enhances the use of technology, sound and devices within the home, more and more renovations include the installation of such systems. We spoke with Darren Finocks of Vision Home Services to get an insight into what types of renos and improvements South Australians are making, and how technology is changing and simplifying the way we live.

What type of home renovations are you doing at the moment and seeing more of?

"Recent projects include a full kitchen reno which we designed in CAD and manufactured by U-Install-it Kitchens. Their price and quality is excellent for a complete ‘custom’, made in SA at Lonsdale, and only a three week turnaround.  

I’ve also completed a kitchen remodel using most of the existing cabinetry and all of the doors, adding in some new cabinets to create a 3m island - this is a great option if your kitchen is in good condition, but you just don’t like the layout and need more bench space.   

Since COVID, CCTV has also really taken off, and funnily enough a growth area for our business has been in acoustic treatment, designed to make rooms sound better. Tthis has come about as more people setup home offices."

Why are more people looking at ways to improve sound and technology within their homes and what types of efficiencies are you installing?

"A quote I regularly use is from George Lucas, creator of Star Wars. “70% of the experience when watching a movie is the sound”.  For those of us that are movie buffs, the advent of Dolby Atmos a few years back really changed things; we now have access to the same sound technology available at the latest Cinemas, and here in Adelaide homeowners took it up before the Cinemas!  

When it comes to content, Blu-ray still offers the best experience. Digital TV, Netflix all offer 5.1 on most content, so it makes sense to have a good surround sound system of at least 5 speakers and a subwoofer - a soundbar will not do!  If someone asked me if they should upgrade their two-year-old TV or upgrade their audio system, I would always recommend the latter.  

We are rapidly moving towards a connected world, everything you buy now has an app and or voice control. My advice here is to find a brand you like and stick with it, otherwise you will fill your phone with multiple apps for each different device/brand you want to control.  If home automation is in fact something you’re seriously considering getting, good advice from an integrator is crucial.  

Myself, I use RTI control systems for controlling my Audio and Visual systems, and Z-Wave which is an emerging wireless technology to control my lighting and air-conditioning via app or Alexa voice control.  Check out the brand Fibaro to get an idea of this powerful technology"

Where is the best place to start in your home if you’re looking to improve or upgrade.

"The adage kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, still rings true now. This is a great way to add value and functionality to your home in the spaces we use the most.  I would also recommend a good security camera system over an alarm, as many houses I go to never set their alarms or don’t even know the code!  A CCTV system is always on and a great way to keep an eye on your whole property and your pets, anytime, day or night.  

A quality CCTV system will offer vandal resistant housing made of aluminium not plastic.  Megapixels from 2mp (1080p) to 12mp (4K), field of view “FOV”. Most good cameras offer around 90 degrees, other options are 180 degrees which is great for covering the front or rear of your premises, and 360 degrees is great for large interior spaces. Long range night vision of 15 to 30 metres is also important."

Product Spotlight

"A really versatile projector for any type of room - just pop it on the top of your existing cabinet for a 120” 4K picture.

Optima P2 Ultra Short Throw Projector 9 (Coming Soon) - Optima P2 is an Ultra Short throw Projector featuring 4K UHD resolution and premium Dolby Digital 2.0 audio via its built in soundbar. The Ultra Short throw technology allows you to enjoy a 120″ screen just inches away. "

  • Laser Light Source with life span up to 30,000 hours.
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  • Premium Sound with Dolby Digital 2.0. Built-in Bluetooth speaker.
  • Ultra Short throw feature, 120″ big screen in inches away.
  • Optoma Smart+ on board to connect all smart devices.

Specifications resource: www.optima.com  

If you would like to have a chat with Darren about your next home reno or tech upgrade, you can contact him on 0437 680 808 or visit his website www.visionhomeservices.com.au

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