What Opacity Means for Motorized Shades

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The Light Filtering Properties of Motorized Shades Explained

How much light would you like to come in through your motorized shades? How much privacy will you require? These questions will help you determine the opacity level needed for your new window treatments. Opacity is the amount of shade your window treatments will provide based on the fabric type used to make them. 

Continue reading to learn more about opacity, including the options available for motorized shades and how they will impact the energy efficiency of your Charlotte, NC, home.

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Why to Include a Smart Security System in Your New Builds

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Discover Why Architects & Builders are Incorporating This Solution into Their Projects

A smart home delivers unprecedented ease of living, enhancing families' everyday lives and making home technology control effortless and enjoyable. While a home automation platform can control lighting, climate, shades, entertainment, and more, a smart security system is among the most sought-after new home features.

These systems offer peace of mind, easy access, and remote management from anywhere. In the blog below, we’ll look at why builders and architects include these systems in their projects in Charlotte, NC, and throughout the country.

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3 Reasons to Install Outdoor Lighting

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Choose Landscape Lighting Elements That Fit Your Outdoor Style

Inspire fun in your backyard with lighting elements that match your needs and your style. A beautiful North Carolina evening is something to take in and enjoy. Find more pleasure in the nighttime breeze when you feel secure thanks to lighting additions around the patio or along the path leading down to the firepit.

Homeowners have many options for outdoor lighting. Some choices provide functionality, while some are more security-focused. Others are simply for creating beautiful dramatic effects that draw the eye of those passing by. But, no matter your reason for installing outdoor lighting in your Charlotte-area backyard, you will surely experience relaxing evenings of enjoyment.

Continue reading below to learn more about why homeowners install outdoor lighting. 

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The Magic of Outdoor Audio

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Set the Mood Across your Backyard with an Outdoor Audio System

No luxury home in Charlotte would be complete without outdoor entertainment. After all, is there anything better than watching a football game outside, or chilling in the backyard to the sound of your favorite tunes? 

At The Integrated Home, we are the leading outdoor audio experts in North Carolina, offering our clients the latest home automation solutions. By partnering with top industry brands, our technology integrators will install, program, and service all your devices for optimal performance and efficiency. 

In this article, we will explore how our partnership with Coastal Source is the key to your own state-of-the-art outdoor audio system, whether you are starting from scratch or thinking about an upgrade.

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3 Occasions to Make the Most of Your Outdoor TV

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Optimize Your Backyard AV Setup All Year Long!

Why keep the fun inside? Extend your home entertainment past your back door and truly take advantage of your high-end AV system this season and all year long! An outdoor TV installation is key. So, what differentiates an outdoor TV from an indoor one, and how can you best optimize yours?

You can transform your outside entertainment spaces with stunning audiovisuals that enhance any occasion or moment. Keep reading below to find out more about bringing an upgraded AV setup to your Charlotte, NC, outdoor spaces today.

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