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LET'S GO AL FRESCO

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Are you dreaming of more poolside fun?  Then let Echo Workshop take your outdoor experience to a whole new level with a Sonance Landscape System.  While you cool off in the pool, immerse your family in sound.  This system offers even, balanced coverage that is directed where you want the sound - at you and not your neighbors. 

Firepits are popping up in a lot of backyards.  They’re a great place to engage with family and friends.  With Savant and Control4 systems you can integrate great sound from Sonance, lighting from Lutron, and maybe even an outdoor TV for the big game from Seura. 

Although movie theaters are back open, many of us still love the idea of staying home and watching movies in a bigger and better way.  We have just the product to take your outdoor viewing experience to the next level.  The Stealth Patio Theater Outdoor Series replicates a true theater experience right in your backyard.  Does the idea of technology in your yard make you shudder; well, we can integrate a vertical lift system and hide it away so it doesn’t take away from the aesthetics of your space.  Consider adding in some automated shades to keep the bugs and dust at bay from Screen Innovations, relaxing lighting and comfortable seating, and you are all set for family date night all year long.  Not only that, you will be able to control all of your technology with a single integrated system from Savant or Control4.

Finally, let’s consider a space that many of us use year-round in Houston – an outdoor kitchen or bar.  There are so many dynamic elements that can be added in this area.  Imagine color-changing lighting that sets the mood for any occasion from Environmental Lights.  Add a TV from Samsung and speakers from Sonance, and you may not want to cook in your indoor kitchen ever again! 

Echo Workshop can bring your dreams to life with the best technology.  Let us help enhance your lifestyle with a space to play, entertain, relax, and bring your family together – al fresco!   

A NEW YEAR HOME ADDITION JUST FOR YOU

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Maybe you're already dreaming of spring and summertime activities with your family and are thinking about enhancing your outdoor space. We have TVs from partners like Séura that are engineered to withstand Houston's extreme weather and reduce glare.  The picture is clear and bright in both direct sun and shade, making it perfect for poolside watching or movies in the evening with your neighborhood friends. 

If you're looking for a new experience, you may want to consider a projector?  We partner with entertainment gurus like Sony and Screen Innovations to provide the clearest picture and most up-to-date technology, making colors richer and blacks deeper, and also eliminating annoying glare.  And, again, you can hide the screen if you like.  Go with a motorized option and Echo Workshop can put the screen just about anywhere.

However, let's just think about all of the possibilities.  Have you been considering converting that unused room upstairs into a theater?  Perhaps you're building or remodeling.  Echo Workshop specializes in designing and building unique, high-end home theaters.  Of course, TV and projector selection is an important part of the process, but getting us involved will also give you great insight when choosing audio for the room, as well as other fun features.  Imagine walking into your dedicated home theater and with the push of a button your motorized shades descend, your lights dim, and your new Screen Innovations Black Diamond screen descends.  Add to that some comfortable theater seating or a theater bed from Elite Home Theater Seating and you are ready for a perfect night in with the whole family.

Echo Workshop is your premier Houston smart home company, with TVs and projectors to fit every lifestyle and budget.  Contact us today to learn more about these great products or how to get started designing and building your next home media project.   

SOME OF ECHO WORKSHOP'S FAVORITE THINGS FOR 2022

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Landscape audio is another changing trend. It isn’t what I would consider a new offering, but it is finally catching some traction. The ability to place multiple speakers dispersed throughout your yard that point back towards your home creates a much more enjoyable experience in your space, as opposed to the old way of blasting your neighbors with speakers under your eves.  I hope this trend catches on more as it is a phenomenal solution for audio distribution.

Along the same lines, invisible speakers have certainly been around for several years now, but there has been a significant change in the technology behind this offering. Once upon a time, I used to say, “yes, they’re completely invisible to the eye, they are more expensive, and you’re giving up sound quality to gain the invisible feature.” The technological change is that we no longer have to give up sound quality to have an invisible speaker. Our partners at Revel, Artison, and Sonance have released some incredible sounding speakers that are now invisible.  Really great stuff!

This is just a snapshot of three standout trends in technology.  Since technology is an ever-changing industry, Echo Workshop makes it a top priority to keep up-to-date on the best products for your home and business.  Design, technology, lifestyle…that’s what Echo Workshop is all about!

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SMART LIGHTING PERFECT FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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It's holiday time!  That means special time with family and friends, or maybe even some fun entertaining and parties.  Using smart lighting as part of your smart home system allows you to set the mood and the scene.  Echo Workshop partners with companies like Savant Systems and Lutron Electronics to create the perfect system designed for your home.  Scenes have pre-set on and off times, give you the ability to set brightness and color/warmth of the lighting and which rooms you would like illuminated.  With one touch you can be ready for an intimate dinner, a glitzy party, or game night with the family.   You can even set a scene to turn your holiday lights on and off at set times – talk about convenience! 

Like so many of us, you may be feeling a decline in your energy with the coming of winter.  Perhaps you can’t sleep through the night or just aren’t feeling as sharp mentally.  You may have seen talk on the news lately about wellness and how your circadian rhythm plays into this.  As we spend more and more time indoors, we need to be conscious of keeping our bodies and minds in balance.  By simulating the sun’s natural path through automated lighting, many sleep issues can be eliminated, mood disorders improved, and, as an added benefit, people often find themselves with far more energy.   

Finally, lighting can just make things prettier and more festive.  Things like additional landscape lighting and changing the color of your lights for special events can bring your holidays to life.  Does your family have a favorite holiday movie that you enjoy together every year?  Along with the hot chocolate and popcorn, adjust your lights to red and green for some added family fun. 

The possibilities are truly endless with smart lighting.  From setting the scene for a perfect Thanksgiving dinner to improving your overall health, lighting can have an immense impact on you and your family.  With our certified lighting designer, Echo Workshop can help illuminate (sorry, couldn’t help myself) the whole process, from design to installation. 

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