SAV's Bozeman Showroom

We captured some great interior shots of our Bozeman showroom earlier this year, why not take some nice exterior shots too! If you've ever wanted to experience innovative business technologies, swing by 618 N. Wallace between 9am–5pm, M–F.

Receive an opportunity to see what it's like to work within an intelligent, modern work space, experiencing first hand automated lighting & shades, intuitive climate control, security & surveillance, audio/video systems, a seamless conference room, leading-edge network solutions, smart glass, environmental voice control, and of course all contained within an immersive audio environment... even outside. And then we can walk next door to our intelligent living space to experience innovative residential technologies. It's all within an arms reach!

SAV Intelligent Living Space

We were very excited, and humbled, when partner Legrand | AV asked to partner with us to bring our newest condo showroom to life. Last year, when this project began, we teased you with a couple of blog posts, https://www.savinc.net/search?q=soon-to-be, but now that, what we call “Block 106” and the “SAV Intelligent Living Space” is complete, Legrand | AV came in and not only wrote this incredible story, they produced an amazing video. Hope you enjoy them:

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HTA Certification

We are officially Home Technology Association Certified!

The HTA exists to empower homeowners with an independent method to evaluate the technical competence, client service, and reputation of home technology professionals. By providing rigorous standards, HTA seeks to elevate the execution and enjoyment of technology and ultimately provide an objective method to match the right professional with the right project.

As an HTA Certified company, you can be confident that in selecting SAV Digital Environments, you are hiring a company with a proven and vetted history of technical ability and customer service.

Pictured: SAV Digital Environments Bozeman showroom at 618 N. Wallace Ave.

The Guild

We are excited to announce an important new alliance in our industry: The Guild. The Guild represents the best of luxury residential A/V, Lighting and Technology Integration firms in the United States.

With over 12,000 companies who operate in our niche industry across the country, you'll find a wide spectrum of skill and service: from great to poor quality. But there are companies whose work truly stands above the rest, and The Guild has set out to find them. Through rigorous review, region by region across the country, a very select group of companies have met their impeccably high standards.

SAV is beyond proud to be on this list and become a Guild member.

By shining a bright light on stand-out companies like ours, The Guild is ushering in a new era of luxury-level standardization to technology integration projects from coast to coast. Meaning: once you’ve worked with a Guild member firm, you will be able to confidently engage any other, in a different location and expect the same level of creativity, care and execution on any type of project large or small.

We will always be your home team, but we hope you’ll take a moment to learn more about The Guild, read our mission and profile, and discover member firms in other locations by visiting: theguildintegratorsalliance.org

Thank you for reading and being a part of our story.

Media Rooms vs. Home Theaters

Though we can’t deny that we love to design and build home theaters for our clients, not every home has the space, or the client is seeking something a little more creative to be done with their space. Instead of tucking away a home theater in the basement that only gets used on the weekend, where the family can indulge in the latest blockbuster film, we’re finding that a lot more people are seeking rooms that are multi-functional. Rooms that can be used for more than just watching the latest movie.

Something has to be said though for having a home theater… a room devoted solely to curling up in the darkness, a larger thank life screen fixed on the wall or slowly emerging from the ceiling, lights off, shades down, immersive surround sound on, and 4k projection emitting immaculate picture over your heads and across the room. It’s quite impressive… even thinking of it almost sends chills down the spine.

But today, multifaceted families are demanding multifaceted environments. With advancements in technologies and a trend of people wanting to get a little more creative with their space, whether it’s 5,000 or 25,000 square foot home, we are seeing more and more people opt for multi-purpose entertainments versus dedicating valuable space to home theaters. Of course, we love this as well.

Creating a multi-media entertainment space is almost like taking the concept of a home theater and bringing it out of a dedicated room, and then adding a few additional elements, to where families can now interact with one-another a little more, play games, eat, drink and be merry, all while watching the latest game, television series, or blockbuster. Of course this can all still be achieved within a home theater, but imagine doing all of these things while in the dark “Shhh… I’m watching a movie!” environment.

Everything still comes into play within these new multi-purpose spaces, from the audio/video equipment coupled with the acoustics of the surrounding walls, to lighting, shade, and climate control, but something also has to be said for inner-weaving your home entertainment technologies into more of an open concept social space versus an enclosed one.

This weekend we came across this great article by Cecilie Rohwedder via WSJ that pretty much nails it.

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THE NEW MANSION MUST: A MEDIA ROOM

Homeowners are ditching their dark basement home theaters and adding multi-use media rooms equipped to host everything from movies to cocktail parties to homework.

There was a time when custom luxury homes proved their bona fides with lavish home theaters—typically found in the basement and outfitted with forward-facing seats, fabric walls for soundproofing, a projector for cinema-style viewing and maybe a “Godfather” or “Batman” poster to round out the theme.

Today, home theaters are increasingly being replaced with multi-function media rooms—lounge-style spaces located in or near the main living areas. Here cozy couches, tables and chairs are arranged to facilitate TV and movie watching, as well as game night, cocktails, homework and hanging out. And all that A/V equipment? It’s nearly invisible.

Fueling the shift is better technology. In the past, a big screen required a projector, which in turn required a dark room. Now, automated, light-blocking window shades and improvements in anti-glare, flat-screen TVs allow the rooms to be more versatile. Thin, high-definition screens hang on the wall like paintings and can disappear at the click of a button. Some have multiple TV screens for parallel broadcasts or social media, such as a live Twitter feed about an ongoing episode or electoral race. And there are plenty of outlets for electronics like laptops and videogame consoles.

“We’re seeing a huge growth in multi-use spaces,” says Giles Sutton, senior vice president of industry engagement at CEDIA, a trade organization for the home-technology industry. “People prefer a more informal setting and not having to change the aesthetics of a space to accommodate the technology.”

THE CHALLENGE: INVISIBILITY

Home-technology companies are adapting to consumers’ growing taste for media rooms over traditional home theaters. The biggest challenge is providing theater-quality visuals and sound while keeping the equipment concealed. Custom installations of moving panels, motorized doors or lift mechanisms boost the price tag.

Going forward, home-tech companies predict, media rooms will be even more gadget-free thanks to wireless technology and voice control. At a command such as, “Turn on ‘Game of Thrones,’ ” for instance, a previously invisible TV appears, window shades drop, lights dim and the score starts to play.

To read the full article go to Wall Street Journal

Capturing the Magic

We love it when our photographer friends humor us by taking photos while the shades are in action. After being slightly puzzled at first when we ask, it quickly makes sense... shades are so important at SAV, from how they're controlled to fabric choices, and so much more, and they are always delighted to capture a little magic for us.

So what else is important?! Yes, control is HUGE, from a simple press of a button on an enhanced wall plate or remote to a slight touch on a wall panel or your smart phone – even by voice – you know, that ah-ha moment, but the beautiful fabric choices are also very important... UV control, percentage of transparency, full blackout, etc. And what about how they are installed... exposed, within valences, hidden pockets in the ceiling?

Technology, control, design, aesthetics, style, craftsmanship, reliability, precision, scalable, intuitive... In other words, we take window treatments VERY seriously.

What is Smart Glass?

If you’ve never seen it in action, it’s quite impressive. On many occasions we have clients request smart glass versus motorized shades or other window treatments, and every time we are delighted to integrate this modern technology into their environment. If you want to see it in person, we have some installed at our 618 N. Wallace showroom in Bozeman, swing by anytime and we’ll be happy show it off.

Easy to control, at a press of a button, smart glass {also known as switchable privacy glass} can be changed, instantly, from when-you-need-it privacy to a clear window, giving you comfort and peace of mind at a moments notice. From your private residence to your office, conference rooms, private rooms in restaurants, hospitals, clinics, medical offices, and banks, smart glass will transform the functionality and appearance of your space.

The Brains of the Operation

Just about a year ago we captured a couple of our technicians putting the final touches on one of our clients racks, and since then it's been a fun game of hide and seek finding these centralized "brains" of our custom technology integrations. Some are are on display... I mean why not, they are pretty impressive (on a very nerdy level, but we plead guilty), nonetheless even when they're tucked away in the basement or boiler room, they are definitely a statement piece when you come across them.

Precisely built to not only keep equipment stylish and organized, but safe and efficiently running, when it comes to racks we take them very seriously, from keeping temperatures at ideal levels to organizing the wiring so perfectly it's hard to believe someone took the time to make them so pretty.

SAV Big Sky Showroom

We can all agree that Big Sky is a pretty special place and we're humbled to not only have a lot of clients and partners up there, but an office as well. 

Like our Bozeman location, I guess we could call it a showroom too, because there are a lot of cool technologies integrated into this space as well, but more or less it's a great meeting space. There seems to be a lot of similarities between our two "showrooms," kind of like how our Bozeman location also acts as a collaborative environment with Earth Elements, our Big Sky location is a collaborative environment with Energy 1. It's great having such close partners to share space with.

If you're interested in checking out the space, send a line to marketing@savinc.net. More importantly, if you want to take a continued education course there or even need a space to have a quick meeting, we're happy to lend a spot. Call anytime: 406-580-4890

Smart Fabric?!

Once you start thinking the future finally here, from AI to autonomous vehicles, something new comes along that makes you think otherwise. There are so many new ideas out there that have yet to be developed and it's exciting to see what's next.

Image Credit: Microtron-3d via TechStory

Image Credit: WeaveUp via Dwell

Smart Fabric? Are we in Back to the Future II? A fabric that can sense environmental changes, send tactile or audible signals to visually and hearing impaired users, or track a wearer's vital signs? A fabric that interweaves strands of fiber optics, nano-electronics, or other conductive or semi-conductive threads in it? Sounds almost like science fiction.

What's really intriguing to us is the ability to control devices wirelessly. Gives a whole new meaning to smart home, doesn't it?! A recent patent made by Apple hints the fabric control technology could be integrated into other devices, including their MacBook, iPad and Watch, but also even chairs, sofas, airplanes and more. What could you imagine seeing smart fabric being used for?

Thanks for the great articles Dwell and TechStory.

SAV Bozeman Showroom

Without further ado, we’d like to officially present our SAV Digital Environments showroom…

Yes, we have been here since 2004, back when the doors opened as Studio AV in the early days, but a lot of people didn’t know what was inside this unique building up North Wallace in the heart of the Northeast neighborhood. Back then it was a space for growth… a place for employees to work, a place to test out the latest and greatest home and business technologies, a place to build systems that would inevitably become the central nervous system of a nearby smart home or commercial environment, figuratively speaking.

We have been very fortunate over the years and finally reached a point of growth that we needed to open a new office for all of our employees to collaboratively work within. So what better to do with our Bozeman space than create a showroom out of it. A place that provides anyone that visits a glimpse at some premier technology; audio/video systems, automated shades and lights, smart glass, security and surveillance, an intelligent conference room, and soon the latest in voice AI.

We couldn’t have done it without you… our clients, our partners, our friends and family. A big thank you to everyone that has been a part of this journey with us, and a special thank you to those who have helped us turn this environment into a very special place so near and dear to our hearts; Minarik Architects, Envi Design, Urbaine Home, Earth Elements, and so many more.

Happy New Year and here’s to a prosperous 2019!

Mirror TV Custom Install

Most people are accustomed to seeing our integrations after they’re complete… the glitz, the glam, the technology. The finished product is always so impressive, but we must never forget all of the hard work that goes into each and every one of them, from the beginning to the end.

Here is a great “behind the scenes” look at the teamwork that went into this custom install… a 99.5 x 72” Séura Mirror with LED Lights and a 27” TV in the center. Bridging the gap between design and technology, Séura offers an extensive line of innovative products, including smart mirrors, and our clients are always very excited to have them as an option.

Automated Art & Concealed TV

Accompanied by 20 zones of distributed audio, 13 zones of video (9 of which are from central distribution), a home theater, entertainment room and bar, all intuitively controlled throughout this gorgeous home with Savant, as well as automated lighting and shades by Lutron, we then put a cherry on the top by recessing and concealing a 65” 4k TV above the fireplace in the living room, hidden behind split panel art.

Taking it a step further, built to match the width and aesthetics of the display, we had a custom sound bar made by Leon, flush mounted with the TV below, marrying the two. Integrating sound bars is a great way to enhance and provide substantial voice and sound reproduction which is not possible with built-in TV speakers, providing directed sound from the display creating a realistic viewing experience.

When the TV is turned on, the panels split and slide to either side with the help of Future Automation, revealing the display and sound bar. When turned off, they slide back together creating a piece of art, completely hiding the TV and automation equipment within the enclosed frame.

CEU courses through SAV

If you're interested in a CEU (come Jan or Feb 2019 at our Bozeman & Big Sky showrooms), let us know. We just had a couple 1 hr. sessions the other day with SÉURA called "The Science of Light," approved with Heath, Safety & Welfare (HSW) designation by IDCEC, and enjoyed the company of folks from Centre Sky Architecture, Bechtle Architects & Love Schack Architecture to Envi Design, ICON Interiors & Pomarico Design Studio Architecture.

If you're interested in one too (subjects change CEU to CEU), comment below or send an email to scott.abel@savinc.net.

Professionally Designed Home Theaters

SAV thoughtfully used leading-edge electronics for this home theater; A 4k projector accompanied by a 105” fixed acoustically transparent screen, an in-wall 7.2 surround sound system hidden behind professionally designed and engineered acoustic panels, advanced electronic power, energy and thermal management, the latest in automated lighting, climate, and audio/video control, and last but not least black leather, automated incline, theater-style seating with ratcheting headrests.

Features

Video System:
Sony VPL-VW1100ES 4K 3D Projector
Stewart Filmscreen 105" 2.35:1 Cinamascope Perf Screen Fixed

7.2 Professional Surround Sound by JBL Synthesis (In-wall, hidden):
JBL Synthesis Four (LCR) S4HC, S4VC
JBL Synthesis Four Surrounds (4) S4Ai
JBL In-wall Dual 10” subwoofer (x2)

Surround Sound Processing and Amplification:
JBL Synthesis and SDEC 3000
JBL Amplification with Panamax
JBL Professional in-home calibration

Audio/Video Sources:
Local Sources: Gaming inputs for Wii and Xbox
Central Sources: AppleTV, Kaleidescape Blu-ray, DirecTV System

Control:
Full Savant Control and Integration
Lutron Lighting Control System

Power management:
Advanced electronics power, energy and thermal management

Theater Interior:
CinemaTech engineered acoustic room treatment and wall finishes professionally designed, engineered, and installed. Theater board on upper ceiling. 

Theater Seating:
CinemaTech professionally designed theater seating (2 rows of 5 seats) black leather with automated incline and ratcheting headrest.

Digital Solutions for All

At Home in Southwest Montana feature by Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Recently, a frustrated Bozeman couple wandered into the showroom at SAV Digital Environments on North Wallace Avenue. The couple had purchased an internet package from a local telecommunications company that ended up leaving their home with several dead zones. They attempted to solve the problem themselves by buying Wi-Fi extenders. No good. They consulted a local retail company that inevitably pushed more product on the couple, but that still did not solve the problem either. Finally, they made their way to SAV where they met Scott, the director of quality and customer.

Scott spoke with the couple for an hour that day and for another hour on the phone the following day before touring their home and providing a consultation. As he informed the couple of several potential solutions, they then asked how much this consultation is going to cost them. He said, “Our goal is to help you find the best solution to fit your needs, not to squeeze every last penny out of you.”

SAV is synonymous with seamless design, cutting-edge technology, and quality customer service. The company was formed as Studio AV in 2005, when owner Cory Reistad dreamt of creating the best audio and video environments possible. As technology progressed, so did business. They now outfit homes and businesses with not only A/V systems, but climate control, shades and lighting, security systems, and more, all of which can be automated with a press of a button on your smart phone, or even with voice. Wireless capabilities are also an in-home advancement we have seen take leaps within the last four or five years.

“What’s really important to us is clean, reliable, good-looking technology,” Scott says. “We hide wires to help preserve the aesthetics of the environment, we use flush details to help eliminate bulky components, and we sell appealing products that complement the environment.”

Though typical integrations involve visible products, if requested SAV is able to install “invisible” electronics, including speakers built into walls, pin-hole cameras, shades that roll up into concealed pockets, and even mirrors that transform into televisions.

“Smart mirrors are really cool,” Scott says. “You can get your agenda, morning news, or a movie in your bathroom or living room. And it’s all in the mirror!”

SAV is known for servicing some of the most beautiful and luxurious homes in southwest Montana, but a lot of people should know SAV values all integrations, large and small alike. “Most everyone likes the idea of cutting-edge technology, but they don’t necessarily know how to get it,” Scott says. “People who would want a cool audio system or a good security solution, it’s within arms reach and we’re here to help.”

The couple that wanted to kill their dead zones was presented with an option to achieve flawless internet connection. During their in-home consultation, Scott saw instruments laying around. Noticing music is important to them, he said, “We could create an immersive audio experience in here too that you could turn it off in one room and on in another from your phone.” Their faces lit up when they heard the word “immersive.” The solution was a mesh of overlapping wireless access points throughout the couple’s home with an end result being fast, reliable internet and then audio streaming from anywhere. And they can control everything from their phones, including shutting off internet to certain devices.

Stopping by the SAV showroom is a great way to find out what’s possible within your budget, not to mention getting a glimpse at some premier technology. You will see the fogging glass, camouflaged sound systems, automated shades and lights, and soon the latest in voice AI. It’s exciting to think that not only is this high-tech industry in our backyards, it could also be in our homes.

“This is the age of evolving design and technology,” Scott says. “Though we base our hearts in Bozeman and Big Sky, we have clients from Flathead to Paradise Valley to Missoula to Jackson, Wyoming.”

SAV Awarded Home of the Year

Photos ©William Abranowicz

Hidden Magic

In addition to the architecture and interior design, the cutting-edge digital component of the home contributed to its winning status—many amenities are invisible when you enter the home, which helps create the home’s tranquility. SAV worked with WRJ Design from the beginning of this project to provide lighting control, automated window treatments and AV throughout the home, amongst more.

“This home took dedication and devotion to precision at every level from the entire team. Working with the iconic vision of WRJ on this project was a delight for us. We have become adept at weaving technology into homes while retaining design aesthetics, the marriage of the two, and that’s where technology and design align to maximize efficiency, convenience, and enhanced levels of comfort for our clients.” – Cory Reistad, SAV Digital Environments

Cory shares a behind-the-scenes look at technological components in the home:

Flush details: To eliminate bulky components and preserve the aesthetics of the home, such as wall outlets and switches, SAV used a trimless and flush mounting solution throughout for wiring devices and automated controls such as lighting and shades.

Automated shades & drapes: Electronically controlled and hidden within pockets, or recessed into the window casement when up, SAV integrated shading solutions that a create a seamless appearance throughout as well as automated drapery that opens and closes with a simple push of a button.

Invisible speakers: SAV installed invisible speakers in the walls and then finished over them with the surrounding surface to deliver ambient music that emanates throughout the space with no visual footprint. It’s almost as if the walls become the speakers themselves.

Lighting control: SAV knows that lighting has a significant impact on not only the aesthetics of any given space, but the occupants as well. In order to achieve enhanced levels of comfort, they added high-performance lighting and control throughout the home for smooth and continuous dimming. Not only does this approach save energy, it helps maintain a visual quality for the occupants without compromising the building’s electrical infrastructure.

Read the whole article on Mountain Living

SAV Commercial

Successful businesses are built on solid foundations, and solid foundations rely on state of the art technology and infrastructure. Our commercial technology expertise, capabilities, and years of experience will provide the speed, strength, and stability that your business requires and your employees or customers demand.

The Modern Workplace

Within the Commercial Division at SAV lies smart conference rooms. Having the right conference room will boost productivity, collaboration, comfort and so much more. How often do you participate in a meeting and have a difficult time hearing people on the line, video conferencing lags or won’t even connect, it takes 10 minutes to get your presentation up on the display, you're frustrated by a mess of cords, traffic going by is distracting, there’s a ceiling light shining right in your face, or the climate is too cold or too hot?

SAV will provide the personal, experienced, touch needed to improve interactions between not only meeting-goers, but people and the environment too. Removing time-wasting barriers in conference rooms is essential to efficient meetings and we're here to help create a comfortable, intelligent environment and make it easy to connect instantly, share content seamlessly, and streamline meetings without interruption.

From 4k digital media control and display tiling, instant wireless connectivity, and room-filled clean and clear audio to lighting dimmed to perfect levels of comfort, efficient and convenient climate control, and automated shades for not only privacy but to reduce distractions, we’re here to create stress-free, consistent, positive experiences in the modern workplace with reliable technology that works for you, not the other way around.

SAV Livable Space Continued...
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It’s all starting to come together and our excitement levels are off the charts. A few months ago we captured some of our team in action in this soon-to-be SAV livable space that’ll combine human-centric lightinghigh-level audio, and modern sophisticated design offering an experience that’s bringing comfort, technology, architecture, and elegance together. But it’s more than just the SAV livable space, you can really start to see the whole building come to life, even the commercial space. Not only will the livable space house cutting-edge smart home and business solutions, the rest of the building is going to be a great representation of modern technologies that are redefining the way people live and interact with their environments.