Palisade residence wins ‘Home of the Year’

All Sound Designs recognized by Electronic House Magazine for 'hands-free' technology installation

The Electronic Home of the Year, a national award won by All Sounds Design in Grand Junction for a custom home in Palisade, features automation that is truly hands-free and easy. All music, lighting, security, heating, cooling and entertainment can all be controlled from this I-pad in the kitchen or from any other I-pod or phone, using technology that’s simple to use and relatively inexpensive. Stevan Maxwell/Courtesy photo



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The Electronic Home of the Year, a national award won by All Sounds Design in Grand Junction for a custom home in Palisade, features automation that is truly hands-free and easy. All music, lighting, security, heating, cooling and entertainment can all be controlled from this I-pad in the kitchen or from any other I-pod or phone, using technology that’s simple to use and relatively inexpensive. Stevan Maxwell/Courtesy photo

The Grand Valley is known for its peaches and wine, its golf and downtown sculpture. But words like “cutting-edge electronics applications” and “whole-house automation” may seem more appropriate when talking about home improvement in Silicon Valley rather than the Grand Valley.

Unless, of course, one is familiar with the work done by All Sound Designs in Grand Junction and the national recognition the company recently earned in winning the Home of the Year from Electronic House Magazine.

“I was prompted (to submit an entry to the competition) by a dealer,” said Eric Landis, owner of All Sound Designs.

The winning home is a custom home in Palisade that features truly hands-free automation without the clutter of control boxes on every wall or a complicated, expensive system that takes weeks to learn to use.

“I’m offended by buttons and complexity,” Landis said. “We specialize in the most simple way to use products.”

The award winning home in Palisade has an automated lighting system that uses motion sensors to identify when someone is walking into or out of a room, a hallway or outside. Lights turn on and off automatically, saving energy and the hassle of jiggling grocery bags and light switches. The intensity of the lights is also automated, so there are no glaring lights at 2 a.m. when everyone but the insomniac is sound asleep.

“We use affordable products like Apple TV,” Landis said. “We provided big dollar features and benefits for a fraction of the big dollar price.”

Landis utilizes first generation I-pods, I-phones or I-pads in conjunction with Savant brand controllers to create one control system for lighting, heating, cooling, sound, entertainment, security and even blinds on the windows. There’s less wall clutter in the form of switches and thermostats.

“Nobody does hands-free the way we do it, and nobody does it for the price we do it,” Landis said.

Although All Sounds Design won the award for a new construction project, the majority of the company’s residential work is on upgrades and retrofits.

“We can do everything wirelessly,” Landis said. “People want to be able to use Wi-fi networks to control TV, music and lighting.”

In the summertime, people want to be able to listen to their music outside and they want to be able to select it or change the volume from their phone while they’re sitting on the deck. There’s an app for that, and Landis is the man to make it happen.

Automation isn’t just convenient, it can also be an energy saver. Think of an air-conditioner that senses when there are occupants in the room and when the room is empty. Lights that turn off when children leave a room. Automated blinds that open to let in the morning light but close before the afternoon sun blazes.

“The home proactively saves energy,” Landis said.

Automation isn’t always reflected in a home’s appraised price, but is the type of feature that makes homeowners wonder how or why they lived without it once it’s installed.

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