Jamie Briesemeister
Courtesy KBIS Jamie Briesemeister

From a shower to an oven, it’s now possible to automate and control just about anything in homes using a smartphone—especially features located in kitchens and baths, where homeowners spend most of their time getting ready for the day, preparing meals, entertaining, and unwinding.

During the KBIS session “Embracing Smart Technology In Your Kitchen & Bath Designs”, Jamie Briesemeister, sales and marketing director at St. Louis-based smart home automation company Integration Controls, will uncover how builders, architects, and remodelers can integrate smart technology into plans as an early part of the design process rather than an afterthought. Here, she shares three do’s and don’ts for educating buyers and clients about their options.

1. Embed the topic of technology into every design conversation for each project—just as you would for indoor plumbing or electrical work—to set realistic expectations. If tech is overlooked during the design process, then it isn't a part of the project’s space plan, budget, or scheduling. After-the-fact installations cost more, and the options are limited if wiring isn't available to properly support the scope of work.

2. Learn about the value a product offers rather than its “buzz” features. Most homeowners focus on the aesthetics, and don’t pay enough attention to the specifics of, for example, the power output of a speaker system, so don’t miss an opportunity to educate them. Begin by exploring what is possible in your market, and valuable to a specific client’s needs.

3. Don't rely on the “wireless” nature of some products as a replacement for properly wired infrastructure. For example, the best quality video experience must often be hardwired, and those wires can be concealed if it’s planned for early in the process.

Find out more at KBIS Education Session: Embracing Smart Technology In Your Kitchen & Bath Designs with Jamie Briesemeister. Feb. 19 → 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.