Smart Home Trends 2019

Smart Home Trends You’ll Most Likely See This Year

By | Custom Home Entertainment, Home Automation Systems, Smart Home Trends |

“How much ‘smarter’ can my home possibly get?” At this point, you might be asking yourself that very question. Smart homes have become all the rage in recent years with companies finding new ways to make everything from HVAC systems and appliances to lighting and TVs “smarter” than ever before. And they’re not done, either. Companies are planning to continue to push the envelope in 2019 to make products that will make your home even smarter.

Here are some smart home trends you’ll likely see this year:

Video doorbells

By now, you’ve probably seen at least a few of your neighbors install video doorbells from companies like Ring and Nest outside of their front doors. People are on a quest to stop so-called “porch pirates” from stealing packages off their front porches. They’re also interested in keeping their homes safer by recording what goes on around them. So, you’re probably going to be seeing a whole lot more video doorbells popping up throughout your neighborhood.

Appliances with touchscreens

Imagine checking out what’s going on in other parts of your home by looking at a touchscreen that sits over top of your stove or coming up with the perfect recipe for dinner by looking at a touchscreen that’s embedded in the front of your refrigerator. It’s not going to be too long before you’re doing these things. Most appliance manufacturers are finding innovate new ways to work touchscreens into almost all of their appliances.

Robots

Okay, so the “robots” that are going to be entering many homes soon aren’t like the robots that used to run around on The Jetsons. The world isn’t that futuristic just yet. But there are all kinds of robots capable of performing tasks that will be welcomed into American homes soon. For example, there are companies working on robots that can fold laundry. There are also companies working on robots that can prepare entire three-course meals. These robots could take care of many of the tasks you’re doing on your own right now!

Do you want to make your home “smarter” in 2019? Shore Home Solutions can help you do it. We offer home automation services that will tie all your various electronics together. Call us at 410-878-2448 today to hear about our smart home solutions!

Custom Home Theater for Man Cave

How to Turn a Room Into the Ultimate Man Cave

By | Home Theatre Systems, Man Caves, Surround Sound |

Have you always dreamed about putting a man cave into your house? It’s not as difficult as you might think. You can transform a spare bedroom, a portion of your basement, or any other empty room in your house into a man cave without a problem. You just need to fill it with all the things that make a man cave special.

Start by picking out the right seating

When you’re hanging out in your man cave, you want to be 100 percent relaxed. The best way to keep yourself and your guests comfortable is by picking out the right seating. You should find a big recliner for your man cave in addition to a sectional that will fit you and all your family and friends on movie nights and big games.

Add a custom home theater

Once you have your seating in place, it’ll be time to give yourself something to watch while you’re sitting down. Rather than simply purchasing a flat-screen TV for your new space, you should add a custom home theater to it. You can customize your home theater setup and pick out the right size screen for your specific space.

Fill your man cave with sound with a surround sound system

No custom home theater is complete without a surround sound system. So that’ll be the next thing you want to buy for your man cave. You can use it to immerse yourself in a movie on your big screen or to play music while you’re hanging out with friends. It’s best to work with a company that specializes in home surround sound setup when installing a surround sound system since they’ll know the best places to put speakers, subwoofers, and other audio equipment.

Finish things off with some nice decorative touches

After you’ve picked out great seating, installed your custom home theater, and set up your surround sound system, you’ll almost be ready to start enjoying your man cave. But before you do, sprinkle some decorative touches throughout it to complete the look. From a dartboard to a big beer sign to drapes you can use to darken your windows, there are so many small touches you can add to a man cave that will pay off in a big way.

Would you like a hand putting together the ultimate man cave? Shore Home Solutions can provide you with assistance when it comes to custom home theaters, surround sound systems, and more. Contact us today to get started!

Custom Home Entertainment

Things to Consider When Buying a Projector

By | Custom Home Entertainment, Home Theatre Systems, Residential Solutions |

Are you thinking about installing a projector in your home theater as opposed to a big-screen TV? There are lots of benefits that come with doing it. You’ll usually get a much better picture with a projector. You’ll also be able to customize the size of your screen and make your theater feel larger since projectors don’t take up much space. But there are a few things to consider before investing in a projector. Check them out below.

How much room do you have in your budget for a projector?

You don’t necessarily have to break the bank to buy a projector. You can get some projectors for right around $500. But many projectors cost a lot more than that and will come jam-packed with better features than their cheaper counterparts. You should figure out how much you can afford to pay for a projector and decide exactly what you want out of it before you start shopping around.

Are you prepared to properly maintain your projector?

One thing some people don’t realize is that you need to do some maintenance to most projectors. There are filters and bulbs inside most of them that could need to be repaired or replaced over the life of your projector. You won’t have to worry about this right away, but it is something that should be on your radar.

Are you going to mount your projector permanently?

There are some projectors that you can mount on a ceiling or wall permanently. There are others that you can move around from room to room if you want. Think about if you want to have your projector mounted so that it doesn’t go anywhere or if you want something that’s more portable.

Which sound system are you going to hook up to your projector?

If you’re setting up a home theater, you’re probably going to want to invest in a sound system, regardless of whether you’re going with a TV or projector. But with a TV, you’ll have the option of using the TV speakers for sound if you want. With a projector, you’ll need to buy speakers for sound since most projectors don’t have speakers built into them.

Choosing the right projector for your home theater can be a challenge. Shore Home Solutions can help you make the right decision based on your preferences and the design of your home theater. Contact us today to start the process of picking out a projector.

Importance of Home Theater Acoustics

By | Custom Home Entertainment, High End Home Theatre Systems, Residential Solutions |

If you’re in the process of planning out a new home theater, you’ve probably spent a lot of time thinking about the size of the screen you’re going to put in it. You’ve also probably spent a lot of time thinking about the surround sound system you’re going to install in it. You may have even let your mind wander and pondered how comfortable the chairs in your home theater are going to be.

While all of these things are important, the aspect of your home theater that you should really be concerned most about are the acoustics in the room where your theater is going to be located.

The acoustics of a home theater are important because they’re ultimately going to make or break your viewing experience each time you sit down and watch a movie, TV show, or big game. The acoustics are going to determine how good your speakers sound, which will impact your experience as a whole. If sounds are muffled during a movie or you don’t sound like you’re right in the middle of the action during a football game, you’re going to be distracted by it and what’s on the screen won’t even matter.

The company that’s helping you install your home theater should make acoustics a priority. They should come up with a great plan as far as where to position the speakers for your surround sound system. But more importantly, they should also help you control the reflections in your home theater to make the most of your system. If you have frequencies from your sound system bouncing all over the place and reflecting off everything, it’ll hurt the sound quality of whatever you’re watching and make you wish you’d spend more time focused on acoustics.

Shore Home Solutions can focus on home theater acoustics and tame the reflections in your room to improve sound. We’ll start by taking your room dimensions into account and find ways to work speakers and subwoofers into the mix to deliver sound you’ll love. By placing an extra subwoofer in a room or rethinking speaker placement, we can make your home theater even better than you could have ever imagined.

Call Shore Home Solutions at 410-878-2448 today to start designing and building the home theater of your dreams.

Installing a Home Theater System

What to Know Before Having a Home Theater System Installed

By | Custom Home Entertainment, High End Home Theatre Systems |

So you are ready to bring your movie and television viewing experiences to the next level with a high tech home theater system… smart move! Movies these days have upped the ante when it comes to special effects and sound technology, and you will want to enjoy every minute.

Before you decide to install a theater system, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Think About the Room

Before you even start to set up a home theater center, you want to think about the room you will be putting it in. The proper room will do wonders to get the most out your system. Ideally, you will have a rectangular room with as few doors or windows as possible. This should also be a carpeted room as bare wood or tile work to reflect sound waves and muddy the sound. To really kick the room up a notch, put some thick curtains over the windows to provide that perfect amount of darkness.

Decide on the Television

When it comes to the television for your new theater, we suggest having OLED TVs installed. OLED TVs give you darker blacks and truer colors, making it an exceptional option for home owners who are looking for image quality above all else in their new home theater.

Decide on the Projector

Although TVs are the most common option for home theaters, video projectors deliver a really big screen viewing experience. Similar to TVs, you have the choice of 720p, 1080p and 4K options. There are many advances to 4K video projectors, such as increased resolution, HDR and wide color gamut. All of these advances have elevated the TV viewing experience.

Decide on the Sound

You will have to start with a point of entry for all of your speakers in the form of a receiver. This is an excellent way to centralize your home theater system, so be sure to get one that will have all necessary inputs. Most people go with a receiver.

You also have the option of a preamp/power amp combo device. This hub can provide more flexibility when it comes to switching out or upgrading your devices. It also does wonders for isolating interference that is often caused by having multiple components working at the same time. From there, all you need is your choice of loudspeakers and a good subwoofer.

At Shore Home Solutions, we take pride in our home theater design and installation services, and we would be thrilled to help you better your movie viewing experience. We want to personalize your experience, so we will talk with you to learn your expectations so we can design your own personal home theater at a fair cost. Contact us today to set up a consultation!

Upgrade Your 1080P AV Systems to the 4K Super Ultra HD

Upgrade Your 1080P AV Systems to the 4K Super Ultra HD

By | Custom Home Entertainment, High End Home Theatre Systems |

4K Super Ultra High-Definition TVs have made it more fun than ever before to watch movies, sporting events, and other programs. The picture on a 4K TV is absolutely stunning, and it will put your old 1080P AV system to shame. But before you can start enjoying all of the benefits that come along with 4K, you will need to make some serious upgrades.

Check out some of the parts of your home theater system setup that will likely need to be upgraded.

Your TV

This one kind of goes without saying, but if you’re going to set up a 4K super ultra high-definition system in your home, you’ll need to start by purchasing a 4K TV. It will allow you to enjoy the best picture you’ve ever seen.

Your streaming system

Do you currently use a Roku streaming stick, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, or one of the other streaming systems? Unless you just purchased it, it’s probably not capable of handling 4K. You will need to upgrade to the latest model so that you stream in 4K. You also may need to upgrade your internet as a whole to take advantage of your 4K TV.

Your AV receiver

While some of the newer AV receivers are 4K compatible, there’s a good chance your current one won’t work with a 4K TV if it’s a few years old. Older soundbars won’t work with new 4K TVs, either. To enjoy all the benefits of a 4K system, you will want to make sure your receiver works with your new TV.

Your cables

There are some current HDMI cables that will work just fine with 4K content. But not all HDMI cables can do it. Those cables that are too old or even too long might not be equipped to handle all of the data necessary to keep a 4K system up and running. They will need to be updated before you can get a clear picture on your screen.

As you can see, upgrading your 1080P AV system isn’t as easy as just swapping your TV out. You could end up having to change all of your equipment around, but it will be well worth it in the end! Shore Home Solutions can help you make the change and show you how incredible 4K technology can be. Call us at 410-878-2448 today to get started!

Why High End Home Theater Systems Will Impress You

Why High End Home Theater Systems Will Impress You

By | Custom Home Entertainment, High End Home Theatre Systems |

Installing a high end home theater system in your house is a big investment, but if you are serious about creating the absolute best home theater experience possible, you should consider going with a high end system that will provide you with sights and sounds that will blow you and your family away. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of going with a high end system.

Spectacular video

When you sit down to watch a movie or a big game in your home theater, you want the picture to be absolutely perfect. A high end home theater will deliver it to you by relying on a projector like one of the Sony SXRD series projectors (the VPLVW885ES or VPLVZ1000ES, for example). These projectors—and others like them—will turn any space in your home into a movie theater by projecting brilliant colors and amazing images onto your screen. You almost won’t be able to believe how great movies and games look when they are projected on your wall.

Incredible audio

While excellent video is obviously a key component of any home theater, you also will need great audio to get the full experience. There are many companies out there that create speakers specifically designed for high end home theaters. The Masterpiece Series from Martin Logan and the Silver Series from Monitor Audio are just a couple of examples of the kinds of speakers available to you. Rather than simply going with a standard surround sound system, you should think high end and have your speakers installed professionally to make the most of your home theater space.

Unparalleled connectivity

Once you have your projector up and your speakers strategically placed, it’s time to bring your high end home theater system together by offering you the connectivity you will need to control everything right from your fingertips. URC and Savant can provide you with touchscreens that will allow you to control your picture, audio, and so much more. All you will need to do is sit back and enjoy yourself once your high end home theater system is done, thanks to the easy-to-use touchscreens that are available.

If you want to make your dream of owning a high end home theater system a reality, Shore Home Solutions can bring it to life for you. We can provide you with custom home theater design and installation. Call us at 410-878-2448 today to start putting together your new high end home theater system!