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.
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!
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.
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…
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…