Jessica Clark

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

HGTV outfits Scottsdale home with ‘smart’ technology for contest

SCOTTSDALE – Cable network HGTV has decked out a Scottsdale home with new technology that will allow the homeowner to lock the door, raise window shades and control their showers from a smartphone or tablet.

Experts say this type of technology will become common in homes.

The homeowner can control the entire HGTV home with a single mobile device or tablet. Functions include security, lighting, window shades, air temperature, refrigerator settings and more. (Photo by Jessica Clark/Cronkite News)

The network, which airs programs on home design and remodeling, gave Cronkite News a sneak peak at the house, which it’s giving away as part of a sweepstakes contest . The network valued the prize package, which includes furnishings, a Mercedes-Benz and $100,000, at $1.5 million.

Beyond the 3,300-square-foot home’s “colorful canyon-style” aesthetics, the design team focused on tech gadgets to make life easier, according to a news release.

The home has a smart key lock security system accessible only on the inside of the house. Homeowners can control the locks by using a smartphone app, said Carley Knobloch, HGTV’s technology consultant for the Scottsdale home.

“You can do really smart things like make sure that your router has a safe and secure system, that your keyless system has a safe and secure system and that if you lose your phone, you immediately are aware and you lock that up so no one can grab it and have access to your home,” Knobloch said.

Home Smart Real Estate housing expert John Schloz said taking your home down the smart road is a lot more affordable than it used to be. “You can really take any home and spend anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 and make it very smart and have it do a lot of things,” Schloz said. “Smart isn’t as expensive as it used to be.”

The home has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a kitchen and wine bar, living room, dining room and laundry room suite equipped with controllable elements. Owners can signal window shades to open or close, turn off and on lights or adjust the brightness and change the air temperature from a smartphone.

Cable network HGTV has decked out a Scottsdale home with new technology as part of a sweepstakes contest. (Photo by Jessica Clark/Cronkite News)

Plus, owners can control temperatures in the home’s five zones to help decrease energy costs, Knobloch said.

The bathrooms also have controls that allow users to control the temperature of the toilet seat, flush and close the toilet, play music and change the color of the floor lights.

This is HGTV’s 10th smart home sweepstake giveaway.

Ron Feinbaum, HGTV’s general manager of home promotions, called Scottsdale an “impeccable choice” for its latest home in a statement released by the network.

“It’s such a vibrant destination for those seeking year-around family fun, whether on vacation or as a place to call home,” the statement said.

Previous locations include Nashville, Tennessee; Raleigh, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; Hilton Head, South Carolina; and Port St. Lucie, Florida. Viewers can enter the contest on the network’s website up to two times per day starting April 12.

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