Ever wonder if you remembered to turn down the thermostat? Can’t recall if you locked the front door? Tired of getting tangled in cables and wiring? Worries like these could be concerns of the past for homebuyers who choose a new KB home with innovative technologies built-in from the start.
Families with smartphones, tablets and laptops no longer need to worry about wasting excess energy while charging their devices as all new KB homes will now include a USB outlet. Conveniently placed in the kitchen area of many of KB Home’s floor plans, the USB outlet features a traditional plug outlet with two USB ports above it. This allows homeowners to plug smartphones, tablets and other USB devices directly into the wall for charging. And when charging is complete, the USB outlet effectively “shuts down” for maximum energy efficiency and less waste on electric costs.
KB Home also recently announced that all of its new homes will now include a Wiser™ home management system which will allow homeowners to track their home’s energy consumption, in real-time, from practically anywhere. The standard system is also the base of a platform that can be enhanced to include home automation features such as remote door lock control, lighting, thermostat and security system operations.
At the KB Home Design Studio, additional choices are available that can even further enhance a KB home’s convenience, its energy efficiency, and its style. An important component of KB Home’s Built to Order homebuying experience, the KB Home Design Studio offers some of the latest in home technology to meet the changing needs of today’s contemporary consumer.“Built to Order is a whole-home approach that isn’t limited to just paint swatches and tile samples,” said Dan Bridleman, senior vice president of Sustainability, Technology and Strategic Sourcing for KB Home. “In 2013, a visit to the KB Home Design Studio means choosing a home’s technological capabilities as well as several of its aesthetic features. Gadgets and gizmos that used to be considered rare and exotic can now be included in any KB home across the country.” Below is a list of some of the additional modern conveniences that can be incorporated into a new KB home:
Multi-room audio systems can be integrated into the walls of a KB home to seamlessly play music in any room of the house. Speakers connected through a hidden web of wires can be positioned in designated areas like patios or dining rooms, while other speaker systems can even be installed to look like recessed lighting in the ceiling.
Digital flat-panel prewiring provides an aesthetically pleasing method for installing a flat-screen TV. With this option, all required equipment is in place to mount the TV directly to the wall, with all wiring conveniently concealed. No TV stand or bulky piece of furniture required!
Security packages offered at the KB Home Design Studio can include some of the latest in home-protection technology, like motion detectors, sensors that generate alerts when doors and windows have been opened, and controls that can lock doors and windows remotely with the touch of a button.
Intercom systems can be installed to effortlessly communicate with any room in the house. Paired with cameras and TV or computer monitors, intercom systems can also help homeowners see who’s knocking at the front door before opening it. Along the same lines, a door phone answering system connects the doorbell to your cell phone, so it rings the same time the door does!
Home automation systems allow homeowners to control their security systems, lighting, heating, air conditioning, appliances and locks with the click of a button from their smart phones or other internet-connected devices.
Prewiring for electric vehicle charging stations can help accommodate the increasingly popular all-electric or hybrid vehicles.
Remote controlled window coverings let homeowners control blinds with the click of a button. Window coverings go up, they go down, and they tilt to reduce or increase sunlight, remotely.