Imagine living in a home in which:
- digital sensors turn-on the wall glow lights in the
middle of the night as you walk to the Master bathroom
without touching any wall switches and without disturbing
your spouse. No more hitting your toes on the furniture and
fumbling in the dark.
- the bathroom lights go on at 20 watts then up to a full
60 watts. Then, as you walk out they automatically go
- just before jumping out of bed, by a wireless monitor
[smaller then a credit card] you are able to turn on the hot
shower, the bath heater, and the coffee pot all at the same
- the room lights automatically adjust by time delay and
sensitivity settings to suit the room.
- the home theater screen dims or brightens depending on
the lighting in the room.
- the lamps switch on to welcome you home.
According to the Yankee Group, a Boston-based technology
research firm, 10 million plus U.S. homes will undergo digital
remodeling, and an estimated 650,000 homes are already wired to
SA Building & Remodeling, Co is the very first remodeler to
offer this retrofit service to the Texas homeowners. Some
homebuilders do offer this service in the construction of new
homes, however, no one is offering this service to the existing
Creating a retrofit home with the concept of a smart home not
only makes your home more:
- efficient, and
- productive, but it
- adds value when it's time to sell.
Plus, it can add comfort and convenience to your existing
home. Most electrical items can be integrated into an
automation system and configured to operate based on your
We all have at one time or other....
- Left the lights on all day because we were coming home
- Fumbled in the dark to find a light switch when you
heard a strange noise or needed to make a run for the
- Overslept because the alarm volume was turned down.
Today, you can expect this kind of devices for your existing
home - today - from digital remodeling for a smart home by SA
Building & Remodeling, Co.
What is a smart home?
Smart homes, a.k.a. home automation, contain electronic
devices and "smart appliances" programmed to perform tasks
automatically when they're triggered by motion, sound, time,
touch or temperature cues.
Hiring the Professionals
Installing wires in the walls is an art and a science. “It's
a lot like water skiing blindfolded” said Steve Hayes, president
of the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA)
and owner of Custom Electronics, in Falmouth, ME.
Hiring SA Building & Remodeling, Co. (the ‘2004 Contractor of
the Year’ by NARI San
) gives the homeowner the peace-of-mind that
it will get done right the first time. Yes, it follows our
firm’s reputation for the past 28 years. All homeowners will get
a minimum of a 2-year wall structured wiring and cabling
We will not compromise our reputation, quality materials and
our award-winning service by being the lowest bidder. A word
about the lowest bidder, he is the guy that does not see the
future clearly and clearly feels that homeowners like to get
Our home automation installers are registered and are
certified in the network cabling and follow the standards set by
the Electronic Industries Association (EIA) and the
Telecommunications Industry Associations (TIA). These standards,
like the NEC in electrical wiring, are approved by the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI).
TIA/ EIA standards are living documents that evolve to meet
the needs of the industry. Many of the standards that saw
structured cabling through the development stages have been
updated, compiled, and released as TIA/EIA-568-B in three parts.
Our electrical professional is a Master Electrician and is
licensed by the State of Texas, by the City of San Antonio, City
of Austin, etc. All materials and installation is governed by
the National Electrical Code, State and Local Rules, and the
local Utility Rulings.
"Digital remodeling" is the backbone of electrical wiring that
is in-place. This is the first step.
- You'll need such wiring to network household computers,
peripherals and other electronic devices – including those
that can transform your house into a "smart" home.
- Existing phone lines may be able to move data as fast as
you wish. Phone wiring systems that include Category 5 (or
better) communications cables also offer the bandwidth
necessary to pipe audio and video in real time via ISDN and
faster DSL connections. Your telephone service and/or cable
provider will be able to tell you if your home's wiring is
at the Category 5 level.
If you need to upgrade your home's wiring service, be aware
that Category 5 wiring, available at hardware or electronics
retailers, transmits digitized data at maximum speeds only when it's
part of a structured wired system. That is, outlets, ports
jacks must each receive a dedicated line back to the service
box. Spliced, extended and otherwise shared lines siphon speed.
Most homes already have some wireless devices in your home.
Radio waves power intercom systems and phone jack extensions.
Infrared systems let you change TV channels with a remote
control and can free your mouse and keyboard from your personal
Unfortunately, the proliferation of radio wave devices,
including cordless and cellular telephones, and now infrared
systems, can wreak havoc.
Steel frames used in new construction may interfere with the
radio frequency-driven devices. Refrigerators emit the same
frequency as high-end cordless phones, which are on the same
frequency as baby monitors. Both cordless phones and baby
monitors can transmit an annoying hum - as does fluorescent
lighting, another radio wave generator.
Will cost be out of reach? No, you can do it all within a
realistic budget. “It may cost more to retrofit a wired system,
but do it because it works," said Steve Hayes.
Again, imagine living in a home in which:
- the hall light comes on at a dimmed setting to light the
way from the bedroom to the bathroom..
- the kitchen and bedroom lights are brightened and a
chime in the children's room sounds.
- 25 minutes before dusk - The inside entrance light is
- at dusk - The outside lights and kitchen lights are
The above is what SA Building & Remodeling, Co., can
accomplish for you and your family TODAY with a basic home
automation controller and wiring for the future.
This is only the beginning, just enough for you to get a feel
for how we can make your life simpler and more productive.
A resident of Texas, Rudy Nino is the CEO of a
successful residential and light commercial remodeling and
consulting company specializing in remodeling. Well known as SA
Building & Remodeling, Co.
For over a quarter of a century Rudy Nino has been known
as “Your Contractor for Life.” Rudy has been awarded the ‘2004
Contractor of the Year’ by
NARI San Antonio
and the “Remodeler of the
Year” for five consecutive years - since 1998 for his
outstanding achievements in the industry by GSABA Remodelors™
Rudy has over 30 years of experience in all phases of
construction including sales, estimating, planning, and
production and business management. His diverse experience in
remodeling and his business skill have made him a leader in the
Rudy has received many awards during his career and his
remodeling work has been showcased by several prominent trade
publications He has been recognized for his participation in the
local chapter of NARI as a ‘Charter Member’ and ‘Member Services
Director.’ Serve for two years in a roll as the local President
with the GSABA-Remodelers™ Council and two years as the VP of
Rudy Nino consults and speaks to homeowners, builders
and remodelers. He delivers seminars and frequently speaks at
radio shows and consumer shows on topics related to ‘choosing
the right contractor’ and ‘Ten Things Your Contractor Does Not
Want you To Know’.