Sunset Magazine's Dream Remodel

Youre probably only familiar with the idea of a smart home from The Jetsons. But there is plenty of extraordinary technology available today that you can integrate into your home.  Were hitting the road to take you to some of the most exciting Smart Homes in the country.  Keep an eye out you might see us in your neighborhood.




Sunset Magazine Dream Remodel
Los Gatos, CA


On the corner of University and Town Terrace, in the quiet suburb of Los Gatos, sits a bright bungalow. It may look quaint on the outside, but inside it is packed with impressive smart home technology.


Every year, Sunset Magazine builds a showcase home featuring the latest and greatest in interior design, appliances, home style, and architecture. This year, the magazine decided they would use a small 1920's bungalow and remodel it. Having only 1,700 square feet to work with, cyberManor spearheaded the tech side of this remodel – making stylistic, smart, and sustainable choices within a small footprint. 



The living room has a Samsung 37” LCD TV hung above the fireplace and uses Windows Media Center as an interface to allow users to get any photo, music, or movie within their library onto the television screen using just the remote control.  

Integration with Control4’s home audio system also allows any music to be piped to any room.  Of course with Control4 in the house, home automation is a breeze. A touch of the control panel easily sets adjusts lighting and temperature to help set moods within a room. And don’t worry about being bothered, because Control4 also integrates a state-of-the-art security system.



Look below that "Bella Tree" photograph in the girl’s bedroom (it's printed on real maple, by the way) and you'll spot an HP Mini 210 Vivienne Tam edition netbook.


This high-fashion mini has all a netbook’s functionality, but it’s packaged inside a designer clutch from fashion extraordinaire Vivienne Tam.  Even the software got a high-fashion makeover with custom Vivienne Tam icons, color-schemes, and even animated butterfly start menu using Stardock’s MyColors software.


In the office, you’ll find the brain of a smart home – the home server.  The MediaSmart Server is what gives the TV, the computers, and even the photo frames in the house access to the same content.  You’ll also find an HP TouchSmart 600 where you can monitor your home’s energy consumption using the TED 5000 web interface.


To round out the office, is an HP PhotoSmart e-All-in-One with ePrint technology. ePrint technology lets you send documents to your printer right through email.  Just email your document to your printer, and out it comes – you can print even if you’re not home.

Of course no Smart Home office is complete without a DreamScreen 100 on the desk. Digital photos, weather updates, Pandora radio, and even Facebook updates pop-up right inside its piano black gloss frame. But enough of telling you what is inside the house, you probably want to see this all for yourself.


Sunset Magazines 2010 Dream Remodel is holding open house viewings starting Friday July 23rd and remains open until August 15th.  Come see it in person on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 AM 5 PM.  For more information -- and a walkthrough of the entire project -- visit


(You can also see the entire set of my Sunset Dream Remodel photos on flckr).


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