When the Bristow family bought their first home in Provo, Utah, they painted, added new carpet and renovated the kitchen...
But the thing that Brett Bristow was most excited about for his family? Adding the
For years, Brett Bristow had wanted to get started with
Brett went on to outfit the entire 2,500-square-foot house with smart home automation systems that let him automate everything from lights and locks to lawn mowing and laundry.
“I love it, because I can get rid of a lot of the nuisances in life and free up time to play with my kids – plus it’s just cool,” he says.
Brett had always been an early adopter of technology and was familiar with the
Automatic lights for home were also foundational, as family members were often forgetting to turn them off. He created a
When the family cleans together on Saturday mornings, three of his children, ages 4, 7 and 10, had always wanted to listen to music. This added a task for Brett, who had to play DJ. Now, they ask Google for the songs they want to listen to. “It turns chores into a fun time,” he says. The kids also talk to speakers in their bedrooms each morning, asking about the weather so they dress appropriately. “They know more about the weather than I do,” he says.
As at many households, bedtime is a delicate balancing act, easily thrown off by the smallest variation. To keep things on track, Brett used Routines to dim the lights in the evening and eventually turn them off at bedtime. That’s when the nightlights turn on and white noise plays through the various speakers. It has made bedtime smoother. “I don’t have to stop reading to them, it just does it all automatically,” he says.
At the Bristows’, smart locks are set up to automatically lock each night, giving the family a sense of security.
For further peace of mind, Brett installed a
Many smart homeowners will tell you that once they see the way home control systems
One of Brett’s favourite gadgets are the smart blinds and shades. They automatically open in the morning and close at night, and he can ask Google to close them if the family is watching a film and the sun is glaring on the TV. “I can continue to snuggle with my kids without having to get up,” he says. “It makes life a little more comfortable.”
Compatible smart devices required.
Some features, including mobile notifications, remote control, video streaming, and video recording, require working internet and Wi-Fi.
Familiar face alerts are not available on Nest cameras and doorbells used in Illinois.