NEWS – NOVEMBER 2020
Colorado Springs Smart Home
here’s a preview of a case study in our upcoming edition of Technology Designer.
By George McClure
TED AND MELISSA BUSH WERE LIVING IN TEXAS when they decided to move to Colorado Springs to be closer to their son, who plays football at the Air Force Academy. Their new home was built by All About Home Design. All About Home Design builds completely custom, one-of-a-kind luxury homes that perfectly fit every client’s wants and needs.
All About Home Design’s Scott Maynes has been an industry innovator in the home building industry for 35 years. After spending decades building homes and commercial structures in California, Scott decided to move to Colorado Springs and join forces with his sister, Karen Jones, and create a premier home building and design company. In 2014, their first year in business together, they designed and built a custom home which won six HBA awards at the Colorado Springs Parade of Homes, and they’ve won numerous Parade of Homes awards since.
“I came up for a visit during construction,” Ted Bush says, “and ended up touring some of the houses in the past Parade of Homes. I met Jason Kawakami from ListenUp during one of those visits, so we just struck up a working relationship, and he’s been helping us ever since.”
ListenUp was founded in 1972 to provide the very best in sound reproduction. Over the years that goal has expanded to include categories such as 4K Ultra HD video and advanced automation and control of all other electronics. Today, ListenUp has showrooms in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Albuquerque plus Commercial and Custom Divisions and an E-commerce Store that brings the company’s 48-plus year history of superior service to online customers.
“We’ve become All About Home Design’s tech partner,” says Jason, “so we were involved pretty early in the project, just after the house was framed. As is the case with all the builders we work with, we like to help design and implement the electronic infrastructure so that the system goes the way it’s supposed to. That’s what builders like about working with us — they can kind of hand clients over and then they don’t really have to be too involved with the electronics stuff. They just trust us to take care of it all.”
The system in the Bush’s home includes a robust network, 4K TVs from Sony and Samsung, Bowers & Wilkins in-ceiling speakers in almost every room, security cameras, lighting control and more.
When asked his favorite thing about the system, Ted Bush replies, “I think just the usability — it’s user friendly for always setting the scenes of the lighting and the music through the Savant control system. It’s really, really been fun to use. And, of course, we love the 85-inch TV with the surround sound down in the basement. It’s been neat to have a lot of movie-watching nights with a bunch of people. Our son and his football buddies are over here quite a bit, and we enjoy hosting them — although there’s a substantial investment in food each month [laughs].
Look for the complete story on this home in our next edition of Technology Designer magazine.