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​Three60’s Crusade on Wall-Acne

It might not seem like a big deal at the start of your project. But as a project moves along, considerations must be made for where and how you will control your lights, control temperature, security, and other integral home systems. It is when all these devices start adding up that we refer to them as wall acne. Wall acne is the placement of a variety of often mismatching controls on a common wall space. To put in blunt, it’s un-necessary clutter and ugliness.

In today’s modern home design, open concept approaches are being taken. Clean lines and open air create a sensation of space, but limits the amount of wall space available to adjust and control systems throughout a home. Three60 will help you keep those clean lines and minimalist design concepts by leveraging the benefits of the technology available to us. We have lighting control systems that can combine the traditional 4,5 and often 6 gang switches into one elegant keypad. We also offer home automation solutions to effectively manage all your home systems, such as lighting, climate, media and audio, security, surveillance, irrigation and more. This limits the amount of proprietary controllers you’ll need just to operate each system individually.

Call us today, and get rid of wall acne for good.

Almost there!

Last year, Three60 undertook a unique lighting control and audio video project. The task was to install over 150 lighting control devices and a combination of audio/video zones in an 8500 square foot custom log home in beautiful Waiparous, AB.

The largest challenge was managing the square footage of the home, along with the density of materials. Because of the homes overall size and dense wood and concrete construction, careful measures had to be taken to ensure that signals sent from lighting control keypads would be heard in the far reaches of the home. Three60 strategically placed wired Rf repeaters throughout the home, and the result is 1100% overage.

Likewise, a high power Wi-Fi networking solution was installed and configured, utilizing multiple enterprise grade wireless access points to provide full coverage, even on the deck.

The end is near and we have tested all the devices, including 18 motorized shades. Everything is working great. This home is a great example of the advantage the Three60 provides in being able to provide full scale automation in both the electrical and audio/video worlds.

Full gallery to come!

Blown Away

Today's modern home is packed with features designed to create the ultimate environment for entertaining. Enter the outdoors. There are many elements to consider when entertaining outdoors, one of the most often overlooked being music. Working alongside professional landscape designers, Three60 is able to integrate today's best technologies including Wi-Fi, television and audio, into the outdoors. Let's pause for a second and imagine your ideal outdoor oasis. Stonework, bushes, garden beds, heck maybe even a hot tub or swimming pool. You would never point a pair of massive stadium spotlights at it and call that landscape lighting. The same holds true for audio. So often we see large, beautiful outdoor areas blasted with sound from the deck. This doesn't create a sense of surround, or comfort. Areas close to the speakers are uncomfortably loud, while areas farther away or off angle are quiet.

So, the solution? A strategically placed array of smaller satellite speakers, combined with discreet, underground subwoofers, AKA the SLS landscape audio system from Sonance. This system brings a perfect blend of sound quality, listening comfort, and a general warmth to the outdoor area that you can't get with traditional outdoor speakers. The entire system virtually disappears into the landscape, as audio emanates from all around, creating a enveloping listening environment. In terms of volume at normal listening levels, the system is pleasant and unobtrusive, and due to it's directional design, it's less likely to annoy your neighbors.

There really is something truly special about the first time you experience your favorite music in your favorite space, usually culminating in two words. Blown away.

Music Lovers And The Wireless Revolution

It's a well known fact that wireless technology has come a long way in the last few years. At the same rate, the availability of online music services has increased dramatically. How are these items related? Enter Sonos, a wireless music system that brings amazing sound to any room in the home. From spacious, full range audio, to subtle background music, Sonos has you covered.

In a recent home for example, Three60 delivered a 5.1 wireless surround sound system in the basement that didn't include any pre-wiring whatsoever. Consisting of a Playbar, subwoofer and a pair of Play:1 speakers, a soul shaking, heart pounding, adrenaline fueling sound system was created. The Sonos experience didn't stop there. By adding Sonos Play series speakers throughout the home, Three60 implemented a full home audio system, easily managed through a beautiful mobile app for Android, iOS or PC and Mac. Users can play anything on any player, or sync all players together for entertaining.

Sonos offers the largest selection of online streaming services, such as Rdio, Google Play Music, Spotify, Deezer, Slacker, Songza and more. All effectively integrated into one, easy to use app.

The Deal with Wi-Fi

We are living in a wireless era. People are more connected than ever, and rely on the internet to accomplish just about anything. With this in mind, it's no secret that everyone wants good wireless connectivity to access services like Netflix, Skype, Facebook, YouTube and more. The reality however, is that most home networks are not adequately set up to handle this demand.

The most common problem we run into is the hardware that you get from your service provider. If you have a large home, or run more network intensive services, then the wireless router included in the modem you get from them won't cut it. You can get around this by using better routers, like our standard favorite, the Asus NT-66U. These are typically fine for homes up to about 2000 square feet.

Pushing past that size, it's time to look at some more "hardcore" technology, where the router is separate from the wireless functionality. We frequently install these solutions in new construction. They are designed to scale up with the size and demands of a project, and provide enterprise grade wireless for rock solid performance.

Whetever your project needs are, Three60 can provide a wireless solution that's just right for you!

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