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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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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 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!

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.