Editor’s Letter – Summer 2022

First Thoughts

More great technology ideas that will serve to improve homeowners’ lives as the modern performance home turns healthier, more inviting and more inspiring.


Greetings. There are so many exciting things happening in today’s performance home industries. From 3D printed homes to advances in energy management, we’re really just touching the surface of what’s possible as technology meets design. Film treatments for windows that eliminate UV rays, paint that reduces air pollution in your home, sexy keypads that eliminate wall clutter – these are just a few innovations that have taken hold in the design-build community.

And with our Summer issue we’re bringing you more great technology ideas that will serve to improve homeowners’ lives as the modern performance home turns more healthy, more inviting, more inspiring. We kick things off with a fascinating look at smart breaker technology – Steve Panosian explores what it means to really manage energy in your home. And we offer a look at Beko and what goes into a healthy kitchen, along with an introduction to this appliance powerhouse who have made a big splash with their entry into the U.S. marketplace.

Sean O’Keefe explores Habitat for Humanity’s efforts in workforce housing and covers Factor Design Build, Colorado’s leading design-build firm specializing in single-family residential renovations. Bill Hensley brings life to Homebuilding in 3D, a fascinating look at a 1,900 square foot house that was printed in 48 hours of print time while using less than $6,000 in materials.

George McClure has part two of his excellent interview with our friends at Steinway & Sons, as well as a cool look at French audio company Devialet. And as more designers fall in love with motorized window treatments, we have an update on the Hunter Douglas PowerView Gen3 smart shade system. You’ll also enjoy our look at designer wall plates and keypads. As we continue to reduce wall clutter, manufacturers are bringing it on with some incredibly sexy and multi-functional products that add that wow factor to any space.

We also present a great conversation with John Palser from Denizen, one of the most enlightened technology design firms in our industry. John got his start from the lighting design end of the technology spectrum and so thoughtful design, elegance and intuitive control is in his DNA. John started with just a few employees and today finds him manning the helm with offices in Omaha, Kansas City and Dallas.

Finally, we welcome Ashley Parkinson to our team of gifted writers and editors. Ashley is a technology industry veteran who understands the role technology plays in the performance home space. She’ll be exploring themes ranging from design to development, adding another unique voice to the magazine.

Let’s go see where technology meets design.


Technology Designer