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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advantage of reasonably priced smart home components now and believes smart homes are "not only for the super rich anymore." At Wetherby Place, a living community she recently designed in Somerville, "There is an intelligent garden irrigation system that understands the weather and automatically sends messages to the owner's smart phone, such as 'Rain Delay'." Other "standards" in her design are: a smart TV/ multimedia system that automatically powers down into sleep mode when it senses the absence of an occupant and thermostats, smoke alarms, and a security alarm systems that features cameras and video cloud storage. "All these devices connect securely to the Internet and communicate with the homeowner via smart phone," Fulford-Jones says. "They are programmed to deliver personalized comfort, safety, and energy savings." Bell says where they are starting to see demand for these homes is in new con- struction, like Wetherby Place, especially over the past three years. In fact, according to McInerney, it's the standard of new homes in high- growth areas, such as Texas, Arizona, and Southern California. "It's like if you are buying a new car, you expect it to have the latest technology," he says. He also notes local homes with smart technology sell faster and for a higher price than other homes. Sean Cutting, president of Cutting Edge Homes, Inc., says that 80 to 90 percent of the area houses they built have at least some smart home components. Specifically, they focus on practical and functional appli- cations like technology that unlock doors remotely and controls the alarm, thermostat, and exterior lighting. "We tend to encour- age people to focus on technology that improves their quality of life, not things they don't need," he says. Charles Orr, principal at Hutker Architects, adds that, "Many of our clients use the smart home applica- tions for a wide range of functions. From mood and whole house lighting to remote monitoring of 52 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 "We tend to encourage people to focus on technology that improves their quality of life, not things they don't need." S e a n C u t t i n g , p r e s i d e n t o f C u t t i n g E d g e H o m e s The Smart Home C O U R T E S Y O F C U T T I N G E D G E H O M E S , I N C . / P H O T O B Y P A T R I C K O ' M A L L E Y M E D I A B A K E R Y

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