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SAV Digital Environments designs, manages and installs innovative home & business automation solutions: Audio-Video Systems, Home Theater & Entertainment, Lighting Control, Shades & Blinds, Security & Surveillance, Life Safety, Networking & IT, Climate Control & Energy Management and more, all backed by our 24/7 reliable customer service.

Our roots started to take form in 2005 as a fast-paced dynamic systems integration firm named Studio AV, when entrepreneur and owner Cory Reistad had a vision – A vision to create the best audio video environments possible. Having begun his career in the field as a technician-owner in 1999, Cory has since built a team of unique, creative and innovative individuals over the years who not only exemplify technique and design, but also understand the importance of unyielding client service. The result is a 60+ member team spread throughout Bozeman & Big Sky, MT as well as Jackson, WY.

As technologies and partnerships progressed, so did the company's name. Advancements in technologies, along with years of extensive industry experience and the gathering and retention of knowledge, Studio AV evolved. From the life and legacy of Studio AV, SAV (pronounced /es-ā-vē/) Digital Environments has emerged.

 
 
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Summer Home Automation Trends

Published May 17, 2018

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Summer is around the corner which means the kids are out of school and the temperature heating up. The kids are involved in activities to keep them busy while you go to work. You may have a few family vacation trips scheduled.

Summer can sometimes be as chaotic as the rest of the year, which means that home automation can come in handy in making your family’s life easier.

If you’re a techie who’s into the latest and greatest home automation technology, here are some summer home automation trends to be on the lookout for:

Climate Control and Efficiency

Power and electric bills can skyrocket during the heat of the summer as you’re A/C works overtime to keep your home cool and comfortable. Besides setting the thermostat to an energy-saving 62 degrees during the day when no one’s home and warming up to a comfortable 70 during the chilly nights, home automation such as those installed by SAV can now do much more, making your home comfortable, while making it more energy efficient.

Some home automation systems can sense movement in different rooms. When someone leaves a room, the lights are turned off and the A/C is shut off. Similarly, there are systems where your home can prepare itself for your arrival home after a long day at work, turning on lights, opening up the blinds and shades and adjusting the inside temperature to your preference. In the morning, tiles in the bathroom heat up to take away that cold shock in the morning.

The most sophisticated systems can even show you your family’s energy consumption for the day, week, month or year including your carbon footprint and how much your family’s energy consumption is compared to the national average.

Home Security

Home security was one of the features that brought home automation onto the map. Many home automation security systems utilize an app such as Apple’s Control4 My House, whereby you can lock or unlock your home, view activity in and around your home via live video feeds and get alerts of unusual activity all remotely.

More sophisticated home automation products can be customizable and  allow you to set timers during the day whereby the home is unlocked. This is handy for when you have children coming home from school or sports practice or when the housecleaner or gardeners arrive.  These systems are especially useful for when your family is away on vacation.

Home security systems now can even save lives. Certain systems can be inserted into the flooring of the home and can recognize and detect the footsteps of the inhabitants. These foot-sensing systems can also send alerts when an irregularity in the person’s gait is detected or when there is less than normal movement or activity in the home, making these systems great for those with elderly parents living alone or with the family.

Home Theater

During the summer, trips to the pool will become routine. However, one can only be at the pool for so long  and it likely isn’t possible to go to the pool every day. It can be hard to keep children occupied and cool during the summer.

The long dog-days of summer are a great time to escape to a cool  movie theater. Even then, you can’t go see a movie every day. Movies are time-consuming and can be expensive.

With home theater technology continually advancing, watching movies in the comfort of your own home is getting closer to rivaling that of a movie theater.

Watching movies at home on a home theater can keep your kids occupied, safe and comfortable during those days when you go to work.

Home theaters are more than fancy, large TVs with excellent 4K technology. Home theater systems such as the Kaleidescape’s Terra Movie Server, can save and store thousands of your favorite movies to the cloud, making the need of keeping all those DVDs unnecessary. The system also provides movie recommendations and has parental controls, enabling you to block certain content, such as movies that are rated R or PG-13.

Lights, sound, temperature control and TV/screen projection can be controlled with a touch of a remote.

A lot has happened in home automation regarding climate control, home security and home theater. These components come in handy especially during the hot, lazy days of summer when kids aren’t in school and you take a vacation or two.


Case Study: Seamless Mountain Smart Home Installation Project 

Published Apr 25, 2018

D-Tools helps Montana integrator SAV manage a mountain smart home installation seamlessly, from design to post-install service

What if you could reduce design time on even the most complicated smart home projects, increase efficiency, and scale your integration firm knowing you had the tools in place to accommodate rapid growth? Montana-based custom integration firm SAV Digital Environments – previously known as Studio AV – with offices in Bozeman and Big Sky, did just that by adopting D-Tools in 2016. A relative newcomer to the System Integrator software platform, SAV is already reporting a 75 percent reduction in design time, and the ability to tackle much larger projects with ease.

“We were forecasting a large increase in work over the next year and beyond, including projects that were bigger than any we had ever done before,” says SAV Technical Director Ben Williams. “To succeed, we needed a solution to centralize the design process. This solution needed to fit everything from a small standalone media room to a $2m+ system.”

Technological Magic in the Mountains

SAV had the opportunity to stretch their capabilities and their expertise on the D-Tools platform with a multi-year project to design and install smart home systems in a 10,000-square-foot modern residence in Big Sky, Montana. SAV’s higher-end projects can cost an upwards of half a million dollars or more on their custom integration homes. The D-Tools platform makes it easier to manage all the moving parts of such a project more efficiently, saving time and reducing costs for the integrator.

A technological masterpiece tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, the house combines modern décor with technology that virtually disappears within the exquisite, yet rustic, architecture.

Before implementing the D-Tools platform, SAV created parts and labor line items directly in QuickBooks estimates and used independent programs and parallel databases for other design documentation. On a project this size, the integration firm would have wasted days — and risked errors — transferring information. “Creating estimates through D-Tools wizard drastically reduces the potential for human error,” says Williams.

Just as important, D-Tools enabled SAV to deliver a professionally produced proposal that painted a clear vision of the smart home systems and the lifestyle they would help create for the homeowner.

When the home’s residents aren’t hitting the ski trails or enjoying the community’s many amenities, they have plenty of entertainment options right at home. For SAV, meeting the client’s needs meant providing full network infrastructure across the property using BlueBOLT networking and a Ruckus wireless system, along with distributed AV, a private home theater, pool and spa, and a custom Lutron lighting and shading system, all controlled via Savant. The house also includes fully integrated life safety and surveillance equipment for the owner’s peace-of-mind.

“D-Tools was central to the project, from creating the preliminary design to tracking extensive change orders over the multi-year process, to creating and maintaining accurate IO documentation,” says Williams.
Likewise, D-Tools helps SAV eliminate redundancies to save time on every project, from design and installation through service. “We use the product database to manage information about each product, such as dimensions, weight, power consumption, heat dissipation, along with cost, price, and labor. When we need information about something on the job, D-Tools is the place to look,” he asserts.

Tracking Large-scale Designs and Multiple Change Orders with Ease

The ability to track every input/output, audio/video zone, and rack elevation change during the design process and also after the fact were crucial to a successful installation at Big Sky. The project includes 32 audio zones with 15 separate audio sources and eight video locations each with its own source. “By linking our Visio drawing schematics to the D-Tools project, we cut the time required to draw a full IO diagram by 75 percent,” explains Williams.

Not only did this save time at the beginning of the project, but it enabled SAV to process and track change orders easily. “By tracking change orders through project revisions, we can not only preserve a record of the history of the project but also have an always up-to-date working copy that lists exactly what we need for the whole job,” he says. “If documentation ever gets messed up or lost, D-Tools is the way we correct it. If changes need to be made after an IO schematic and rack elevation have been drawn, the link between D-Tools parts and the Visio shapes feature guarantees that all documents are consistent with each other.”

Hiding the Technology

As with most new construction projects, the Big Sky installation involved many change orders as the SAV team worked with the architect to hide the technology – sometimes blending the AV components with the home’s design, and other times, hiding them completely.

For instance, SAV chose small aperture Sonance DOS speakers and subwoofers for distributed audio within the home. The pool, hot tub, and sauna areas use exterior-rated Sonance speakers. Specific rooms called for Sonance Invisible Series speakers installed behind the drywall, creating ambient music that emanates from the surroundings with no technology visible.

Even the video screen in the family room disappears from view, thanks to a Future Automation Split Panel System. Chosen because it is both quiet and reliable, Williams says, “This lift is designed to reveal a hidden 75-inch TV screen, by moving a panel and filling its place with a TV, while keeping the surface of the wall completely flush.”

Glass and wood dominate the design in this spacious mountain home, which created both acoustic and ambient light challenges in the space. To darken the primary living area, providing privacy and optimal media viewing conditions, SAV specified what Williams calls “the largest curtain track we’ve ever installed.” Built by Bradley Collections, the track is approximately 38 feet long and 15 feet tall, featuring custom-designed curtains and integrated with the Lutron lighting system for control from the same keypad that controls the lights.

D-Tools Helps SAV Design a Dedicated Home Theater

While the family room TV is used for streaming Netflix and central sources such as DirectTV, Apple TV, and an Oppo Blue-ray player, the home’s residents often gather in the dedicated 10-seat home theater when they want a true cinema experience, which is delivered by a Sony VPL-VW675ESprojector and Da-Lite custom 129-inch drop down screen.

SAV selected a Meyer Sound UP-4XP speaker and JBL S4S subwoofers in a 5.1 surround sound configuration for the space, hiding the front speakers with an acoustically transparent fabric from Gilford & Main.

The theater has been through several revisions, and the final design, as it stands, came as a change-order months after the original contract. “D-Tools allowed us to make extensive and continuous changes as the project was in progress without having to worry about details falling through the cracks,” says Williams.

D-Tools Aids in Security System Design

Security and surveillance are important, yet sometimes forgotten, aspects of a smart home installation. Especially in the case of multi-acre luxury estates, the ability to expertly design and integrate home security and other life safety systems provides an additional revenue stream for the integrator and puts the integration firm at the center of all the home’s technology systems. The ability to design and track network infrastructure, security and surveillance systems in D-Tools gives SAV an advantage on large-scale projects like the Big Sky home.

SAV specified and installed Axis cameras across the property, which Williams says are “high-quality and hardy enough to withstand the mountain weather of Big Sky.”

He adds, “The internal cameras are low profile, which allows them to remain mostly unseen. Especially in a discreet, modern home, what we want to accomplish is to have a fully functional system that doesn’t detract from the aesthetic of the home – which we were able to accomplish successfully.”

The home’s life safety and security systems alert local authorities not just in the case of an intruder or fire, but also floods. Bosch smoke detectors are recessed so the ceiling-to-floor door doesn’t run into them when opened, and water sensors in the toe kicks provide flood detection for not just a single location, but the surrounding area.

D-Tools and Domotz Integration Simplifies Ongoing Service

Even after the installation is complete, a home of this size and stature requires ongoing service after the sale to maintain SAV’s stellar reputation as a smart home integrator of choice in the Big Sky / Bozeman region.

SAV uses Domotz for ongoing remote network monitoring and management. “As an early adopter of Domotz, we quickly realized the boundless capabilities this device has to remotely monitor and manage issues that may arise within our customers’ environments – often before they ever know they have a problem,” says Jake Tomlinson, SAV Systems Designer.

From Sales to Service, D-Tools Streamlines Processes for Increased Efficiency and Profitability

The recent D-Tools / Domotz integration enables D-Tools to take custom integration firms like SAV through a complete cycle, from sales to service, providing an outstanding experience for their customers.

Like many D-Tools users, Williams is hard-pressed to put an exact number on the positive impact the System Integrator platform has had on the company’s business. “It is difficult to quantify the effect D-Tools has had on SAV,” he says.

Regardless of the size of the project, D-Tools helps create an efficient, repeatable process that enables SAV to grow profitably. “The type of work we do is awesome, but it’s only awesome if it all works perfectly. To achieve that, we use D-Tools,” Williams concludes.

Additional information on the D-Tools SI platform can be obtained by signing up for a free personal tour by visiting https://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/ or a free 30-day trial, which can be downloaded by visiting https://d-tools.com/hosted-free-trial-signup/.


Automating Your Home Theater

Published Apr 18, 2018

Installing a home theater is a big undertaking that results in many years of family enjoyment. It can be daunting on where to start. You need the space, design the space and get furniture and equipment to make your home theater a reality.

Home theater technology has greatly improved over the last few years as has become more accessible and convenient to watch blockbuster movies in the comfort of one’s home. Some of this home theater technology includes automation.

Home automation has been around for years and more homeowners are opting for converting their homes into smart homes where everything from lighting control, shades and blinds, temperature control and home security are all controlled automatically with a simple press of a button on a smartphone. And home automation can now be used for your home theater, giving you and your family an enhanced, stress-free movie viewing experience.

How Automation Enhances Your Home Theater

Temperature and Climate Control
Home automation controls the temperature inside your home, making it comfortable and more energy efficient. Many home automation climate control systems can be controlled using a remote so you don’t have to make your way to the thermostat.

Have you gone to a commercial movie theater and got chilled from the air conditioning? Many movie theaters crank their AC up meaning that for some movie patrons, a sweater is essential for a pleasant movie experience. At home with temperature and climate control automation, you can keep your home (and home theater) at the ideal temperature for you and your family. You can now enjoy a family movie night without needing to wear a sweater or jacket.

Lighting Control
The ability of controlling the lighting in your home offers convenience, and enhanced home security and electrical efficiency.

In movie theaters, properly-timed lighting is crucial. Lights are needed before and after the movie to allow guests to navigate their way out of the theater. It is also crucial the lights are turned out during the movie to make the experience enjoyable and captivating. With a home theater that is controlled by automated lighting, you can brighten and dim the lights with a simple press of the button on a remote or even have the lights go on and off automatically.

Surround Sound Control
Speakers are an important component of a home theater system. Having high-quality speakers strategically placed and tuned properly will give you and your family the feeling of being in the movie.

Setting up speakers, however, can be tricky, especially if you have many. High-quality speakers with more complex settings and abilities are ideal for a home theater. Setting these up properly and fully using them correctly and fully taking advantage of all they have to offer can be frustrating to figure out.

With an automated home theater system, the technologically advanced components can be easily set up and the settings saved so all you need to do is simply press a button or two on a remote and the speakers will work properly in sync with each other every time, giving you that ideal surround sound.

Projector and Ultra 4K TV
Being able to visually see the movie on the screen is what a movie is all about. Not just any screen will do. People spend money to see movies on big screens. Large screens make for better picture quality which enhances the viewing experience.

With the increased popularity of home theaters, TVs, projectors and movie players get more and more technologically sophisticated. The large screen, bulky TVs of the past with the equally bulky DVD player are no longer good enough. Large, flat-screen TVs with 4K ultra HD picture quality, with small wireless movie players such as Kaleidescape’s Strato Movie Player, are now the new home theater standard.

With the advancement in technology, one can play movies from their nearly limitless online cloud movie storage. No more unsightly racks of DVD movie cases. The new way of watching movies online allows people to watch their favorite movie wherever with superb image quality.

Home theater TVs can play your favorite movie automatically by being downloaded from Internet or cloud storage. With a few clicks of your TV remote, you can watch and record your favorite TV shows, watch YouTube videos and enjoy a family movie night.

For those with large home theaters that can accommodate a movie screen and projector, you’d be happy to know that home automation can make setting up the projector and the automatic opening up and turning up the screen quick, easily and convenient. A few buttons on a remote enables you to automatically play and stop the projector as well as roll up and down the blank movie screen.

A home automated home theater will not only give you and your family unforgettable movie nights, but also carries additional benefits including increasing your home’s resale value, additional level of security, and make your home the ultimate entertainment spot on the block.

Whether it’s your first attempt at a home theater or you’ve moved into a new home and would like to install another home theater, using home automation will enhance the home movie viewing experience and remove the stress and frustration of equipment not working properly or being ill-timed.

At SAV Digital Environments, our team of experts can design, install, and manage home automated lighting, speakers, AV, climate control, and automated blinds in your home theater and throughout the rest of your house to give your family the perfect, enhanced movie viewing experience. Contact us today to schedule an installation or to get a quote.


Best of Big Sky 2017

Published December 22, 2017

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With more than 3,000 votes cast, locals and visitors recognized the restaurants, retailers, artists, architects, nonprofits, builders and bartenders that make this place we know and love tick. Some of our readers may be visiting from afar, and others might be lucky enough to have called Big Sky home for a decade or more, but we can all agree that this is a pretty special spot. Dig into the write-ups that follow as we celebrate the finest Big Sky has to offer.

"SAV is a newcomer to the Big Sky business scene but has history in the Bozeman area dating to 2004. Cory Reistad and his team offer the most cutting-edge technology and service for Big Sky homes. From AV systems and lighting to home controls and energy management, SAV is a welcome addition to the Big Sky landscape." – Explore Big Sky

We are humbled and excited to have taken 2nd place in Best of Big Sky 2017 "Best New Business." Thank you to everyone who voted for us and we look forward to continuing to help Big Sky grow.


RMM Powers Premium Customer Service Programs for SAV: A Case Study

Published December 16, 2017

By Clark Roundy

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We’ve previously talked about how remote monitoring and management (RMM) can be used as a platform on which to base services that generate recurring revenue, while also enhancing the customer experience. Today, I would like to tell you about an integration company that is using RMM as a core component of their business strategy and has been very successful in doing so.

The region in and around Yellowstone National Park is world-renowned for its natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. People flock to Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, and the Grand Tetons to escape their busy daily lives and immerse themselves in a wonderland of skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and more. Yet, even in this outdoor playground, people still love to come home to the modern convenience and entertainment experiences delivered by custom installation professionals like SAV Digital Environments. With three offices in the area, SAV specializes in offering their customers the best of these experiences.

As you might imagine, taking care of customers scattered across a region of wilderness about the size of Rhode Island can present a few challenges — especially when those customers have such high expectations when it comes to the investments made into home technology. SAV has built their business around addressing these challenges, and nobody understands them better than SAV’s Client Services Director, Eric Knez. I recently had the opportunity to learn more about SAV’s business from Eric and wanted to share some of the insights he provided from that discussion.

Clark Roundy: How does SAV use RMM to improve their business?

Eric Knez: Given the nature and complexity of the technology and systems we install in clients’ homes, inevitably something is going to fail and need to be reset or restarted. RMM helps the team at SAV get ahead of those kinds of problems. RMM allows us to take a far more proactive approach to servicing our clients. If all goes well, we can remedy a problem before the customer realizes there was a problem. How cool is that?

CR: Can you share any specific examples or cost savings data related to how RMM has helped improve your operational efficiencies?

EK: We all know it’s inconvenient when equipment stops working. But, how about when it’s the client’s whole-house lighting processor and the customer is 40 miles from the office? This is an actual scenario we recently faced. Normally, that would create a full-blown panic situation. We would pull a tech off another project, drop everything and drive out to the house. Unnecessary truck-rolls cost real money and valuable time. Fortunately, it doesn’t always have to be that way. Once we received a notice from our RMM system that the client’s lighting system had gone offline, we could immediately address the problem – remotely, from our office. Right from my desk, I was able to see what processor was down, power-cycle it, and within five minutes I had the client’s lighting back online and working. Our customer was especially happy because nobody had to visit the house and the problem was resolved in minutes, not hours.

CR: Clearly, RMM helps SAV solve problems more efficiently. But, how does it help improve the relationship with your customers?

EK: By being ahead of the service curve rather than behind it. We can identify and fix a problem immediately right from the office chair without the customer having to wait for an opening. Our approach isn’t just about delivering service. It’s also about delivering convenience and peace-of-mind to our customers.

CR: Even with RMM, you undoubtedly still need to roll a truck sometimes. Does RMM provide any benefit in those scenarios?

EK: Yes, even in those cases, our team and customers can often still benefit from RMM.  RMM gives us the ability to provide the in-field tech more information, so he arrives onsite better prepared and can be more targeted on where to start troubleshooting, rather than just shooting in the dark.

CR: You guys certainly have built a nice business around RMM. What advice would you give to your fellow integrators who might be on the fence about whether or not to adopt RMM as part of a customer service program?

EK: Do it. Service is absolutely where the future of our industry resides. Now is the time to start setting your company apart from the ‘other guys’. If you don’t do it now, someone else will.

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Clark Roundy – I couldn’t have said it better myself. Ultimately, RMM is just a tool, but it’s a tool everybody should be using to their advantage – to be more efficient and to deliver an unprecedented level of service to your customers.

Clark Roundy is CEO of Domotz, a leading provider of network monitoring and remote tech support systems for integration companies and IT professionals. Clark is a 25-year technology industry veteran with a broad range of sales, marketing and executive management experience. Prior to joining Domotz, he served as VP of Marketing and Product Management at Luxul Wireless.


2017 Parade of Homes People's Choice

Published September 26, 2017

SAV Digital Environments networked this gorgeous home by ST Custom Homes, fully automating it with Lutron Caséta Wireless solutions, Sonos throughout, media theater room with Revel surround and Sony 4k projector, 4k TVs around every corner, including an outdoor SunBrite, and more.


SAV Digital Environments, Energy 1 open shared space in Town Center

Published August 7, 2017

By Amanda Eggert

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After 17 years of regular trips through Gallatin Canyon, SAV Digital Environments has set up shop here in Town Center, closer to the bulk of their Montana clientele.

SAV sets up integrated digital systems for homes and businesses. They design tailored audio and lighting systems, immersive video-viewing areas, and window treatments that can allow a pre-determined amount of natural light into a space. They also design climate control, security and surveillance systems.

At a July 28 ribbon cutting with the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce, Cory Reistad, president of SAV, said the new space in Big Sky makes sense.

“We’ve been in Bozeman for 17 years and we’ve been serving this community almost exclusively,” Reistad said, adding that SAV has new employees living in Big Sky. “[We wanted] to be at the forefront of the growth here.”

They’ll be joined in that space by Energy 1, an 8-year-old renewable energy solutions firm.

Energy 1 owner and co-founder Leo Crane said opening a space in Big Sky with SAV makes sense given that they’re both in the design/build industry and have many overlapping clients.

“We crossed paths enough on past projects that this was a very natural fit for us to have a space up here,” Crane said. Both SAV and Energy 1 also keep offices in Bozeman and Jackson, Wyoming.

Energy 1 works on mechanical, electrical and plumbing projects with a focus on renewable energy. They design solar and solar-electric systems for clients, as well as high-efficiency heating and cooling using smart thermostats and geothermal technology.

Crane said the bulk of Energy 1’s business in Big Sky focuses on geothermal systems, which take advantage of the more consistent temperature of the earth underneath a building for heating, cooling and hot water. But they also work on installations like oxygen enrichment to help people coming from lower altitudes acclimate to Big Sky’s elevation.

Crane added that Energy 1 is the only company in the state of Montana that has partnered with electric automaker and solar panel manufacturer Tesla on their charging stations. “That’s an exciting part of our business that we’ll be able to offer Montana clients—Tesla products,” he said.


Western Home Journal: Shop Talk

Published Summer 2017

By Aaron Kampfe

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SAV Digital Environments is dedicated to finding and vetting not only the smartest and the best technologies, but technologies that almost seem invisible. Many technologies can seem intimidating, unwieldy, and brazen; Cory seeks products that are subtle, intuitive, and behind-the-scenes. SAV’s expert team designs and installs digital systems that co-exist and complement people’s day-to-day existence. After all, even in this digital world, we still want a human touch.

“Our discerning clients and partners are looking for two things in their digital environment: simplicity and elegance.” – Cory Reistad, Owner, SAV Digital Environments

What services do you offer?
SAV is a comprehensive, process-driven firm that offers design and installation services for audio/video systems, home cinema, lighting and shade control, network and IT connectivity, security and surveillance, energy monitoring solutions and more.

What geographic areas do you service? 
Our main regions are Bozeman and Big Sky, MT, as well as Jackson, WY. However, we have been known to serve various other locations, most within a 100–200 mile perimeter to our main regions.

What do you offer that is unique?
We offer unyielding commitment to client service. Very early in the business, I learned that establishing a commitment to our clients’ needs is our most important job. That is why SAV has dedicated an entire division of the company to focus on our clients’ systems after they have been installed.

What project are you most excited about right now?
Though we get excited about all of the work we do, right now our commercial security division is our most exciting. We are seeing increased demand for asset protection. Advancements in facial recognition and artificial intelligence related to human behavior are absolutely astonishing.

Describe your process and how you work with clients.
Our work with our clients generally starts early in the design phase of the project. Because the end goal is to incorporate technology into the home in such a way that it blends into the architectural environment, it’s necessary to incorporate those details and collaborate with the owner in order to succeed. Once the design is complete, we work closely with the general contractor, interior designer, and other trades to deliver a seamless system.

What are some of the tricks of the trade? 
In the wake of ever-changing technology, I’d advise to be patient with innovative products and make sure they are properly vetted before placing them in clients’ homes. With our commitment to simplicity and usability, it is vital that we do not use our clients’ homes as technology test beds.


Dwelling Closer to Nature

Published Summer 2017

By Anne Zimmerman

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Setting the Scene with Electronics:

As we move outside, it makes sense we’ll want music, entertainment, and convenience to be part of the experience of living outdoors. “When designing systems, I like to ask: Where do people like to spend time? Then I populate the area with immersive audio and/or video,” explains Cory Reistad, founder/president of SAV Digital Environments in Bozeman, Big Sky, and Jackson.

He continues, “We all have such busy lives, and it’s hard to find a time and place to sit down and really enjoy ourselves. However, most of us make a point of relaxing when we are outside. Outdoor living first became prominent in coastal areas, and its acceptance in the mountains was slower, but at last it has arrived.”

New products are making what was once unheard of outside now possible. Reistad reports that SAV carries thermally insulated televisions for cold climates. “Also, music is a big part of life,” he muses, “and should be part of outdoor dining, sitting by the fireplace, and backyard sports.”

“For audio, we used to be limited to positioning speakers under eaves and close to the house for connections, but now, I prefer to design systems with speakers that surround the perimeter. More sound comes back to you, and it doesn’t project out to the neighbors. The outdoor speakers are durable and have a ten-year warranty.”

“We pride ourselves in solutions made easy. Our design goal is immersive audio using performance-based technology where the equipment is not an obstruction. Rather, we weave it into the environment.” – Cory Reistad, Founder/President, SAV Digital Environments

The idea of watching movies in the backyard with friends, family, and refreshments sounds hilariously fun. Reistad says that developments in electronics make it completely possible. “We secure drop screens to eaves on the deck, provide a mobile projector, and make use of the perimeter speaker system for great theater sound.”

SAV has been in business since 2005. A staff of 62 provides service, and according to Reistad, “This allows us to be specialized in all facets of electronics and low voltage controls: networks, IT, acoustics, lighting, home theater design, window treatments, and home security & surveillance, and more. We offer design and engineering, project management, and, of course, product sales. However, I think our client services truly distinguishes us and provides our clients complete confidence in us.”

SAV’s concept for serving clients is immediate concierge service, meaning they are on call 24 hours a day, and 365 days per year to assist and make service calls. SAV’s technicians can also run remote diagnostics and program new equipment without having to come to the home.

“We pride ourselves in solutions made easy,” says Reistad. “Our design goal is immersive audio using performance-based technology where the equipment is not an obstruction. Rather, we weave it into the environment.”

He also explains that while technology can be very complex, the goal of system engineering and design is to control operations through a user-friendly device with the convenience and ease of end users in mind.

SAV’s headquarters are in Bozeman, where they’re excited to show anybody and everybody what’s possible. However, in order to enhance customer service and to reach out to clients with even more convenience, SAV is opening their “Living Design Center” this summer in Big Sky. “It’ll be a very modern, cutting edge one-room snapshot of all SAV does—everything. It’ll be staffed by designers who can show the best in lighting, shades, board room automation, audio, and more,” says Reistad, who extends an invitation to stop by.

Outdoor spaces are so much more than they were in the past, but also our lives are so much busier. They are the perfect place to unwind, relax, and appreciate the natural world.


Camp Run-A-Muck

Published Summer 2017

Western Home Journal

A quaint guest escape with rustic character and modern details.

The fusion of glass, metal and timber in this mountain guest cabin evokes a rustic elegance with a modern twist. A true blend of past and present with views that bring the outdoors into this intimate space.

“As architects and builders we are storytellers, like artists. The storyline of Camp Run-a-muck is based on the concept of an old buried and dilapidated Forest Service cabin, a remnant of something that pre-existed on the property. Then we took that shell and mixed a little history with modernity. The result was a hybrid of a simple stone structure with an infill of hewn timber and glass. By infusing the old and new, we created a contemporary expression of a classic Montana cabin.” – Greg Matthews, Pearson Design Group

Innovative process, material, and technology.

SAV Digital Environments designed and installed the technology including the lighting controls, sound system, video displays, and window shades.

“Architects like Pearson and builders like Highline are looking for two things: simplicity and elegance. We work together so the digital environment blends so well with the home that is it not immediately detectable. The automation is highly sophisticated but almost invisible.” – Cory Reistad, SAV Digital Environments

June 1, 2017