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High-Tech Gadgets for Your Home


We may not be living in the car-flying, gadget-crazy world of that beloved cartoon The Jetsons yet, but there’s no denying that technology is leading us towards a more Utopian lifestyle. The modern home can be equipped with all sorts of gadgets, from the useful to the ridiculous. Here are just a few you might want to consider for your new or existing home.

- For a shockingly low price ($49.99), you can outfit your home with a Smart Home System from Wink Smart Home Hub. Wink Hub accommodates nearly every smart home wireless connection standard but doesn’t require additional hubs for operation. You can find it at Home Depot.

- If you like smart systems, you might also appreciate Amazon Echo’s smart speaker. Using Bluetooth technology, it has multiple voice-activated features that work in tandem with other smart home gadgets and hubs. Without lifting a finger, you can listen to audio books, check the weather and purchase more “smart” things online!

- You can enjoy hands-free entertainment in your very own kitchen with Samsung’s amazing new four-door fridge. This Wi-Fi enabled icebox comes with a screen that you can load with photos, a calendar, news, a notepad and recipes.

Lucy is a solar-powered and “intelligent” light that uses mirror technology to light your house by following the sun and reflecting its natural rays. It looks like a modern piece of art but will save on your electricity bill and impress your tech savvy friends at the same time.

- What’s the point of having a perfectly-built bedroom, if you can’t get comfortable? Thanks to NASA, you can now purchase temperature-controlled sheets for your bed called Outlast sheets. Using high-tech developed by NASA scientists, these sheets contain tiny capsules that absorb heat when you get hot and release it when you’re cold. How cool is that?!

- We know the time and effort that goes into decorating your home to create just the right ambiance, so why ruin it with a bulky flat screen TV when you can have an invisible TV?! Well, maybe not invisible, but it is transparent. The transparent TV designed by Michael Friebe is a fantastic piece of tech – a conventional LCD combined with the latest TOLED display technology.

Now all you need is a gorgeous new home for all those savvy gadgets. Give us a call at 210-494-5400 to get started. To be added to our private email list to receive the newsletter, please sign up here.

The Garage of Your Dreams

Garage projects can be a lot of fun. It’s often an under-utilized or cluttered space in many homes, but for some of us, the garage can be a haven. We recently completed a garage addition project for a client of ours in the Hill Country that included a professional auto lift so he could easily work on his truck at home.

Just like every other room in the house, when we’re building a custom home for our clients, the best way to maximize your space is to start with your interests and lifestyle. Depending on what you’re into, your garage can accommodate those needs and become one of your favorite rooms.

Here are some ideas on things you can do to your new or old garage:

The Ultimate Workshop

There are a few key elements to building your ultimate workshop. First, you’ll need to have plenty of electrical outlets installed, so you don’t have messy cords all over the floor. When it comes to a workshop space, you can never have too many outlets!

Who doesn’t want or need more storage? Especially when it comes to a workshop space, we suggest built-in open cabinets for all of your tool storage. You can also put lockable doors on some of the cabinets for any expensive tools.

Lighting is another important aspect of a garage workshop. Track lighting is an easy option to give you some directional lighting and overall room illumination. If you want to up the cool factor, consider installing a motion direction on/off switch for when your hands are full of hammers, nails, sawdust or whatever else you’ve got going on.

A serious workshop isn’t complete without a dust collection systemcentral vacuum and air ventilation system. All three of these systems will keep the dust, pollen and other heavy particulate matter off of you and your equipment.

Do yourself a favor and if you plan on spending any time in your garage at all, have it insulated to help it stay cool or warm, when needed. A few floor AC units or space heaters and your DIY projects are good to go!

Entertainment Room

Instead of being a throw-away space, how about transforming the garage into an entertainment space with a fun theme like an old fashioned soda fountain or an arcade? It could be a great space for the kids to play in without concern for spills or breaks.

You could even have foldable tables and chairs handy and enjoy happy hour inside or outside the garage. With the right décor and tasty craft cocktails, it might even be better than your backyard patio!

Finer Décor

As with everything we do at Stone Creek Custom Homes, the sky’s the limit. Whatever you envision can be made reality. Impress even the most jaded style critics with a garage fit for a king. Imagine a garage that’s outfitted with beautiful wood cabinetry and red brick flooring, a flat-screen HD TV on the wall and a built-in safe for valuables.

You can also go retro with open shelving, marine lighting and reclaimed wood. All you need is an antique car to complete the look! However, James Bond enthusiasts might appreciate a more sleek visage with floor-to-ceiling ebony cabinets that hide any mess, so all you see is your Aston Martin DB5. Hey, a guy can dream, right?!

When you’re ready to get started, we’re here! Call us anytime at 210-494-5400.