Written on
January 5, 2017

5 Sweet Home Tech Gadgets for Your Toronto Custom Home

So, you've decided to build a custom home.

Maybe you've found the perfect builder for your Toronto custom home. Congratulations! That's the first big step.

Now you're ready to make your vision a reality.

Chances are you have ideas about how you want to customize your home. A lot of ideas. And some of those ideas may be WAY out there.

You're allowed. Dream big. After all, it's your house. 

But have you considered the option of making your new Toronto custom home a smart one?

Obviously, there are no "stupid" homes. (Of course, you may disagree.)

But if you're making this huge commitment, why not incorporate some smart technology to make your home safer, more efficient and more comfortable?

Here are five of our picks.

For the front door - The Door Bird

Yeah, you can get a full-on security system. And that may be a good idea to keep your home safe.

Add the Door Bird and you can get a measure of added security, as well as convenience.

With the Door Bird, you can see your visitors, speak with them and even open the door through your smartphone or tablet, no matter where you are. And, you can pair it with up to 8 devices.

It has an 180° infrared motion sensor with perfect all-round visibility, real Night-Vision function, and ultra wide-angle hemispheric lens. Plus, it's rain, snow, heat and frost proof according to industry standard - an important feature here in Toronto! 

If you want even more security, the indoor and outdoor add-on BirdGuard lets you see what the visitor is doing after you have opened the door. If you don't like what you see, you can send the shady characters packing with a siren of 100 decibels or a loud announcement.

The Door Bird is easy to mount, connects via your WiFi network or Ethernet cable and connects to your existing door chime and door opener.

It really couldn't be any easier to get that extra security. Or to make sure all of your deliveries from the land of the internet end up safely in your foyer rather than someone else's sticky hands. 

For the whole house - James Loudspeaker’s “Small Aperture” Lineup

You want the ability to enjoy music throughout the home to enrich your living space, right?

Then there's no time like the present. While in the midst of having your custom Toronto home built, to look into James Loudspeaker’s “Small Aperture” series

These in-wall or in-ceiling speakers won't compromise the aesthetic of your new space.

Plus, they sound amazing. They're the only loudspeakers on the market that can reproduce sound that rivals that of most luxury floor standing loudspeakers.

Inside each of the small aperture speakers is a micro PowerPipe subwoofer, coupled with a midrange-tweeter module. The sound that emanates from this combination is mind-blowing, with bass notes reaching down to 38 Hz. (It's all about the bass.) 

Even with all of that amazing the sound, the only thing you'll see is a 3” – 4” opening in the ceiling. Trim kits are also available in either circle or square to blend in seamlessly with modern LED can lights. 

For the bedroom - the ReST Bed

In your dreamy vision of your Toronto custom home, are you often waking up after a not-so-decent night's sleep to an aching back, hip, knee or another body part? We're guessing not. 

But if that's how you're waking up these days, it's time to upgrade to a better bed. 

The ReSt Bed is truly a smart bed.

It's a mattress with five zones that each correspond to a part of your body - the head, shoulders, lumbar, hips and legs. With a special app, you can customize the level of support in any of these zones.

But there's more than just that cool feature.

The technology of the ReST Bed is revolutionary because embedded in the mattress is a patented fabric which monitors almost 2,000 pressure points of your unique shape and pressure profile while you sleep.

The data is then sent to a quiet pump below the mattress which then automatically adjusts the mattress’ firmness in real time.

After that, the ReSTdash feature of the app reports your unique sleep data, empowering you with the information you need to get the best night's sleep. You don't have to turn on a device before going to sleep or adjust your sleeping position to accommodate a device. 

It's 100% breathable Lycra fabric with no uncomfortable sensors.

The ReST Bed has three operating modes: 

  • Automatic allows the ReST Bed to automatically and continuously adjust to your desired firmness, no matter your position
  • Position Detection allows you to set how firm the ReST Bed feels when you’re on your back AND how firm it feels when you’re on your side
  • Manual allows you to customize support for each zone of your body 

You can report capabilities to display sleep data on the included tablet or your own wireless device. And WiFi connectivity allows ReST Bed to integrate with existing and future technologies.

Sweet dreams.

For the bathroom - Kohler's Numi Toilet

Admit it.

No custom Toronto home would be truly custom without a cool toilet.

We know you agree. So that's why you're going to want to take a look at Kohler's Numi Toilet.

This toilet is crazy. Here are some of its features:

  • A motion-activated cover with seat front sensors that react to your movement when you enter the room.
  • Motion sensors at the floor level to raise and lower seat, hands-free.
  • An integrated air dryer wand.
  • A deodorizer that pulls air through a powerful deodorizing charcoal filter.
  • Heated seat (like a luxury automobile).
  • A foot warmer.
  • Illuminated panels in seven colors (one for each day of the week) with three programming options to illuminate space.
  • The ability to stream wirelessly to any device enabled with BLUETOOTH technology so you can listen to music.
  • A touch-screen Remote to fine-tune every option to your personal preference.
  • Magnetic docking station that charges and stores the remote.
  • And possibly the most important feature  - A sophisticated, automatic flush system delivers unprecedented water savings and power.

This toilet may just make your bathroom a secondary "man cave" in your new custom home. 

For the kitchen - The Kitchen Nano Garden

The season for getting fresh and local produce is short here in Toronto. 

But not if you're growing it right in your kitchen. 

We're not talking about the tomato plant on the deck you have to keep bringing in or those herbs sitting in your kitchen window.

We're talking about the Kitchen Nano Garden by Hyundai. Yep, the car company.

Okay. This one is just a concept right now. But it's in the making.

The automotive maker has come up with this very cool idea for growing a vegetable garden right in your kitchen. And here's the kicker - you don't need sun or rain.  

The concept uses tiered metal shelving, climate controlled panels, purposefully-directed lumens, and an attachment to a water source to make your indoor vegetable crop dreams (January tomatoes that actually taste like tomatoes!) a potential reality right in your Toronto custom home.

And you decide how quickly you want your veggies to grow because light, water, and nutrient supply would be controlled by you. The system would alert you to overwatering, over-sunning, or if your plants needed more nutrients.

And all those plants naturally purify the air in your home. 

Yeah, okay. Maybe the whole playing Mother Nature game is a little strange, but the potential for sustainably growing all of your own vegetables and herbs is definitely there.

We wish you continued success on the construction of your custom Toronto home. This is an exciting time. Enjoy it!

Article written by:
David Le Prevost