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Technology has changed the way we live in the 21st century. Smart homes are a rapidly growing trend. In a typical smart home, devices and appliances such as the thermostat and the refrigerator can be remotely controlled. But what if yours is an old or historic home with classic features that lend beauty and authenticity? Is it possible to have a smart old home?

Converting an older or historic home can seem intimidating. But with today's user-friendly technology and the right guidance, you can have the modern updates without giving up beauty and authenticity. Many homeowners are learning that smart home technology can make your old house safer and more convenient while saving money. Here are a few examples:

Smart Old Homes Are More Secure

From anywhere inside your home or from a distant location, smart technology allows you to: 

  • See who’s at the front door and determine whether to open 
  • Close and lock the garage door 
  • Change your front door lock without having to call and wait for a locksmith

Smart Home Systems Save Money

A smart thermostat allows you to set and change the temperature from a remote location. For example, during the day when no one is at home, lower the heat. Then, in advance of coming home, you can raise it from your workplace, your car, or public transit. This is just a simple replacement – switch out your old "not so smart" thermostat with a new one. Your benefit? A comfortable house while you’re home without paying for the heat when you’re not.

Smart Old Homes Gain Safety and Convenience

Safety controls don't require you to give up any of the charms of your old house. You can protect both your home and your family with wireless connections. For example: 

  • It’s easy to check that you remembered to turn off appliances before leaving for the day or before going to bed. 
  • You can program the lights to make it look like someone is home while you are away on vacation.

There are products available, such as a remote electronic door lock in vintage finishes, that enhance and perfectly match an old home, so no one would even know. From the very young to the elderly, anyone could appreciate and value the security and time-saving aspects of a smart home. 

Meet the Johnsons—Jason, Sue, and son Jake—and see how they upgraded their 1907 Edwardian home with app-controlled gadgets to make life easier, safer, and cost-effective (even for their dog, Max). What works for them can work for you, too. This Old House. 

Download Guide to Renovating Your Historic DC Home


Renaissance Development, a leader in brick restoration and historic preservation, specializes in the restoration of a historic brick building’s mortar joints using traditional methods (tuckpointing) and materials. We love old homes and are committed to preserving their historic charm and value. Contact us for a free site visit and project quote.





Post by Christina Wilson
Jun 20, 2019 3:19:58 PM