WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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51 w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e vidual components. According to McInerney, over the past few years he has seen the cost of whole-home smart systems come down from hundreds of thousands of dollars to tens of thousands, less than a kitchen or bath remodel. And this has boosted the number of people using this technology. In fact, www.howstuffworks.com notes that "Sales of automation systems could grow to $9.5 billion in 2015. By 2017, that number could balloon to $44 million." However, at least for the time being, the technology is quite expensive. While the idea of a fully automated smart home is appealing to many of his clients, says Jeffrey Klug, part- ner at the Boston-based architectural firm Butz + Klug. He says, "More and more clients, especially those building new houses, begin by saying, 'I want everything (including high- end music and TV systems),' until they get the price." Then they back down. Bell agrees. "Because of the amount of technology and wiring of a house," he says, "these homes are out of reach of most people." Still, Beatrice M. Fulford-Jones, a London- based interior designer who works locally, says she sees many ways for customers to take P H O T O S B Y M E D I A B A K E R Y

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