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Technology & Design Come Together for Added Security

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It’s the beginning of the busiest time of year.  On top of work, we can all expect more visitors, the need for more service calls getting ready for holiday company, and more deliveries.  But what if your busy schedule keeps you away from home and you aren’t able to be there for some of these?  Echo Workshop has the perfect solution – DoorBird.

With DoorBird you can expect a high-quality camera and intercom system that allows you to keep track of everyone coming to visit.  Are you expecting a delivery?  With DoorBird you can talk to the delivery driver and instruct them to leave the package with your neighbor or open the garage door for them via your smart phone or tablet from anywhere in the world.   

On top of convenience, DoorBird also provides added security.  Did you know that often times burglars ring doorbells to see if somebody is home before attempting entry?  With DoorBird you can make your presence known to deter burglars and porch pirates. 

DoorBird is compatible with most smart home systems, making adding one at your front door or gate a convenient choice, and with multiple choices of materials and surfaces to choose from, you can easily find something that compliments your home.  Do you have a specific look already in mind?  DoorBird allows you to design your own custom system with their easy-to-use configurator. You can define the dimensions, style and functions individually and choose from over 50 materials and colors. 

Contact Echo Workshop today to learn how technology and design come together for an aesthetically pleasing, high-functioning solution for additional convenience and added security.

Easing Into Fall With the Best Technology

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It’s still warm in Houston, but take heart in knowing that fall is truly on the way.  In addition to all of the toasty colors and spicy scents that we associate with fall, there are also ways that technology can be added to your home to bring out that homey vibe that fall evokes in all of us. 

When one thinks of fall and color, golden tones and the warmth those hues bring come to mind.  Our lighting design experts can help bring that warmth to your home with a system from Lutron.  Wake up to a warm glow, like the morning sunrise, and with scheduled lighting, let sunset gradually come to your home - following your natural circadian rhythm for better health and wellbeing.  But it’s not just about beauty and health, imagine the convenience and energy savings of having your lighting on a schedule.  You no longer need to worry about your family remembering to turn off lights on their way to work or school. 

Soon we will also notice the shortening of our daylight hours.  With our homes well-lit indoors, we also need to consider outdoor lighting, not only for beautifying your outdoor space, but also for safety.  Light up walkways, patios, and pools to keep you and your family safe all year long.

Fall also brings about a yearning to slow down and enjoy our homes more.  With stunning products like the Frame TV from Samsung, you can have the best of both worlds – a TV when in use and art when the TV is off.  Imagine your favorite fall scenes displayed in your living room.  The Frame can truly bring a room to life with beautiful art of your choosing. 

How about adding some fun technology to your outdoor space to take your family time to the next level?  With the cooler temperatures of fall, we can comfortably spend more time in our backyards and on our patios.  Imagine your family gathering on Friday evening for an outdoor movie.  With outdoor TVs from Seura, you can enjoy crystal-clear viewing while also feeling assured that your TV can withstand any kind of weather Mother Nature has in store for Houston this year.  Do you love to dine outdoors?  Set the scene perfectly with speakers from Sonos strategically placed throughout your outdoor space for amazing quality of sound, while not taking a thing away from the beauty of your yard.

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Motorized Technology for Your Home

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Are you building a new home or perhaps remodeling?  Maybe you’re redecorating and trying to find a solution that will give you the convenience of technology without compromising the beauty of your space.  If you’re in the midst of planning and learning about all of your options, Echo Workshop can help you incorporate technology to enhance your design - not compromise it. 

Motorized window treatments are one product that adds so much to the home from both an aesthetic and convenience point of view.  First of all, it eliminates those ugly cords and that also removes the risk of choking.  With just the push of a button or from your smart device, you can open and close your shades.  Better yet, integrate your window treatments into a smart home system from Control4 and set them to open and close on a schedule.  It’s not only convenient, but saves energy and blocks harmful UV rays.  Consider the health benefits of darkening your room for better sleep and having the shades automatically open in the morning to keep your circadian rhythm on track.  Are you getting your outdoor living area ready in anticipation of cooler fall weather?  Motorized shades are great outside too.  Lower them to not only keep the sun out, but also the bugs! 

Motorized lifts can be hidden and integrated in a multitude of ways.  Do you want a TV in your bedroom, but want it hidden when it’s not in use?  Motorized lifts can be hidden in the ceiling, rise from under the bed, or be hidden in a piece of furniture.  The possibilities are endless.  Do you have a TV over your fireplace that’s a little too high, making it difficult to view?  Echo Workshop can provide a motorized mount that drops the TV down to a comfortable viewing level.  Have you been thinking about adding outdoor entertainment, a TV or projector?  We have lifts that will perfectly integrate into your outdoor space, keeping your technology out of the way and protected. 

Echo Workshop has the technology and the experience to make life more convenient, entertaining, and aesthetically pleasing.  Contact us today to learn more about how we can add motorized technology to your home for better living.

Let's Get You Connected

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In just a month it will be back-to-school time.  If you finished the last school year with your kids complaining about the WiFi and connectivity in your home, now is the time to correct that – before the high demand of the school year.  Echo Workshop can design and install the network backbone you need for a strong internet connection throughout your home or office.

If you are technologically savvy and want to try doing your own troubleshooting, there are a few easy things you can check.  Look at your cables and make sure that they are pushed in all the way.  You may also need to consider the age of your router or other devices that you are using via WiFi.  Older devices may have limited capabilities and perhaps you need to consider an upgrade.  It is also always a good idea to make sure that you are running the latest system software.  If this doesn’t help, it’s time to call the experts at Echo Workshop.

I’m sure that you have heard a lot about wireless access points.  A wireless access point (or WAP) allows devices that can be connected wirelessly to connect to a wired network.  These access points boost your signal and help improve your wireless connectivity in your home, where there are dead spots or poor signal strength, and can even increase the battery life of your wireless devices. With WiFi 6 now readily available, you will be amazed at the improvement in your WiFi coverage and strength.

WiFi and connectivity issues can be caused by so many things that troubleshooting can be overwhelming.  From building materials to poor cable health, Echo Workshop has the expertise to assess and make informed recommendations on how best to improve your signal.  Call us today to learn more about how we can get you better connected. 

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