Smart Homes: A Thing of the Present

“Smart home, home automation, whole home control system,” these are all phrases that are becoming more and more popular. Many of you may think these things are of the future and something we are striving for, but the smart home is actually very common and very real today. We recently held a open house here in Reno to showcase the latest, and VERY possible home technology. There seemed to be a large interest in remote home monitoring and control as well as a genuine desire to understand this new techie world. We’ve put together a few facts to show you home control is possible and actually quite easy!   1. It IS possible to control your whole home through one system. You can choose between multiple different control systems and interfaces to adjust your lightening, shades, sound and more all through either a touch panel or iPad. With companies like Control4 and Savant life gets a lot easier! 2. You don’t need to go bankrupt installing a control system. People assume they need to drop tons of dollars into technology for their home. Whole home automation systems can be installed at different levels. You can go with a less expensive system and fewer devices. Systems are extremely scaleable, so you can go as small or as big as you want. 3. You CAN control your home from anywhere. “Did I leave the lights on?” “Did I forget to close the garage door?” “I should have put the shades down.” Gone are the days of forgetting and wondering. Certain control systems will allow you to control your devices from anywhere....

Valentines Gifts For The Man That Has It All

Ladies, you didn’t think we were going to forget about you did you? We helped the men out with our most recent blog “Valentines Gifts For The Woman Who Has Everything”, but now it’s time to give you some pointers about the special man in your life. Valentines is just a few days away, and maybe you’re looking to step up your game with a gift that will “WOW” him. We’ve put together a list of 5 fresh manly gifts that will make his day! 1. Give him the gift of speed and reliability. Is your man business minded? Bringing work home and having to tackle projects, reports, and over seas Skype calls? Or maybe he’s a major tech lover using his iPhone, iPad, laptop and apple TV to stream videos, games, social media, monitor his health stats and more! There is nothing worse for a man like this than a faulty Wi-Fi connection. You most likely currently have some sort of consumer grade equipment in your home right now. They are extremely unreliable and can turn any great business deal into a nonexistent one if your Skype call goes out in the middle of it. So how about you have a new enterprise grade network installed. Access Networks sells enterprise grade, top of the line wireless equipment! You will never again have to worry about your connections cutting out. He will appreciate it, we promise! 2. Give him the gift of entertainment. Now this is a pretty large gift, but sometimes you need to GO BIG! Have you and your husband been together for years? Maybe you own your own home, and...

Valentines Gifts For The Woman Who Has Everything

Well gentleman, it’s that time of year again. The time to break out of that rut, spruce up a bit, and turn on the romance! If you’ve been with your girlfriend or wife long enough, it’s probably safe to say you are fresh out of ideas for a valentines gift. Of course chocolate, flowers, perfume, and jewelry are the traditional go to items that will always make her smile, but what if you surprised her with something that will drastically improve her lifestyle? We’ve put together a list of gifts to make any woman happy this Valentines Day.  1. Give her the gift of security. Never worry about your special lady again. Control4 offers an array of door stations with cameras and intercoms. Picture this, you are working late one night and she’s home alone. She’s relaxing in bed while catching up on her reading, suddenly there is a loud knock on the door. It’s late, dark, and she’s not expecting anyone. Instead of venturing out to the door she is able to lean over to your in-wall touch panel an view who is at the door, she can even press the intercom button and either find out what the stranger wants, or let her friend or family member know she will be right there. The gift of security is not only practical but also an advanced way to live in luxury! 2. Give her the gift of customization. Now this is a gift you may have never thought of, Trufig offers a line of customized power outlets. If your lady is the type that cares about her home decor, style,...

5 Ways to Add New Technology to Your Home

The New Year has arrived and you’ve had some time to settle in and review that list of goals and get your plan in action. With that said, there is no better time to refresh and update your home. With this New Year comes a desire for change, a fresh start, and maybe even reinventing yourself OR your home. We have put together a list of the top 5 ways you can update your house and add new technology for 2014. 1. Install new shades. Maybe you aren’t ready to take the plunge into automating your whole home, and that’s okay! You can add ease and style to your life and home by simply updating your shades. 2014 is the year of maximizing your time, and accomplishing all those goals.Having to stop what you’re doing and walk through the room to lower or raise your shades is only wasting time. With a new set of Lutron shades, we can program them to close with a touch of a button, or open with a touch of a button. We can also program them to rise with the sun and set with the sun. The potential is endless! Oh, and, Lutron has an exuberant amount of fabrics to choose from to keep your rooms fresh and stylish!   2. Update your lighting system. Are you still stuck on the old individual light switch method? Well, installing a Lutron lighting system can drastically change the ascetics and mood of your home. Instead of walking around your large house before guests arrive, scrambling to  turn lights on and off, you can  enjoy the simplicity of one light switch in your...

Toys for Tots and Santa Clause!

The holidays are upon us and we would love to spread some cheer! We are a dedicated Toys for Tots drop off spot this year and need YOUR help! We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys through Friday, December 18th from 8AM-4PM. Please take some time to stop by and drop off a toy…it has the power to change a child’s holiday experience!   Feel free to stay for a quick tour of our Experience Center and discover some toys of your own this holiday season. We will be having an open house celebration on our last day of collection. Stop by on Friday, December 13th between 8AM and 4PM for free cookies, hot chocolate and coffee. OH and don’t forget the KIDDOS! Santa will be stopping by between 2PM and 4PM for FREE pictures! We hope you partner with us to change our community! Email oliviab@nullihs-sierra.com for more info!  ...

Parc Foret at Montreux

Reno, NV January 3, 2013, – Sierra Integrated Systems  recently announced reaching agreement with Ladera Montreux LLC, and HomeCrafters, LTD to provide residential automation and technology to 105 home sites within Montreux Golf and Country Club known as Parc Foret.  Montreux is a private golf course community located between Reno and Lake Tahoe. This gated community of luxury custom homes surrounds the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, and is home to the Reno Tahoe...