Disrupting the Cycle

Our Architect Specialist Michael Dye lays out the circumstances (and frustration) that led to us completely changing our approach to Architect relationships. Read now on Connected Design.

Companies to Watch in 2019

We are thrilled to be named one of the “Companies to Watch in 2019” by Residential Systems for their December 2018 issue. To be the only integrator on a list with leaders in tech like Lutron, Middle Atlantic, Control4, Azione Unlimited and Access Networks is a huge honor. Thank you, Residential Systems!

Connected Design Feature

We sat down with the editors of Connected Design to discuss our work with architects, our focus on design first, and our annual AIA CEU Summit.

Innovator Profile: Residential Tech Today

Our COO Chris Smith walked Residential Systems Today through our approach to earning Architect partnerships, keeping A players, and avoiding parking tickets in New York City.

Interview: New Takes on Tech Training

Ted Green of Residential Systems reached out to us to talk about our internal training program, joining the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and how Lunch & Learns changed our entire relationship with local Architecture firms.

Audioquest Installer Profile

We sat down with leaders in cabling Audioquest to chat about our philosophy on tech for the home, our fixation on detail & documentation, and the often overlooked importance of high-quality interconnects.

Interview: Automation Unplugged

We had the luxury of sitting down with Ron Callis from One Firefly for a long-form discussion on operating a design/integration firm in New York Cty, and what unique elements make Cloud9 stand out in the industry.

Cloud9 wins Home of the Year 2nd year in a row

IMG_8696We’re proud to have won an Electronic House Home of the Year award again – This time in the Unique Space category:

This 1800’s barn was relocated from Vermont to the edge of the Catskills. Every beam was labeled and carefully reconstructed, but not before it was reinforced for an eco-friendly existence. Structured SIPS panels and triple layer windows adjoined its walls, and after careful attention was paid to the home’s placement in relation to the sun – maximizing cooling in summer and heating in winter – a high mass concrete slab with radiant heating was laid. The result is a vacation home that barely sips energy even through seasonal extremes.

This foundation was the beginning of the home owner’s goal: To use technology in order to get away from it. Wishing to avoid both the expense and guilt of taking more resources than one should be entitled to, even the car he uses to get there is electric. Vintage steam engines and locally sourced art embellish the reclaimed doors, sinks and fixtures throughout. Every piece of electronic equipment was considered for its low consumption rates. No cable or phone service was ordered, only internet, with Wi-Fi extending down to the pond for tranquil remote work days. read more…

Electronic House Home of the Year Winner – Gold – Before & After

Fire HouseWe’re proud to have one of our recent projects win Gold at this year’s Electronic House Home of the Year Awards. Here’s a little about the project:

When you move into a piece of history, you don’t want to modernize it too much. There is a point at which renovation becomes distasteful. While this might be a non-issue for the tech averse, most of us want to live in the present, even if we’re surrounded by the past. Finding a balance can be tricky. Such was the goal for the owner of this 1800’s Upper East Side relic.

Originally built as a fire patrol house in 1879, the property was sold to the American Alpine Club and used as its headquarters – a separate brick carriage house served as a stable for the horses. The property’s 14-foot high ceilings made it a perfect fit for an art gallery, and when art dealer Alan Stone purchased the property in the 1990’s, he transformed it into exactly that. When Stone’s estate put the property on the market, it’s current owners saw their dream home. read more…

CE Pro 100

We were honored to be listed in CE Pro’s Highest Revenue Integrators. Listed at number 38, we also placed 6th in average revenue per installation, and 7th in number of commercial projects.