Media Rooms Inc.
Award winning home theater
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Remodelers take note of Connected Home technology

April 12, 2017 by  
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http://www.remodeling.hw.net/products/technology/whats-the-future-of-the-connected-home_o

A Pro’s Tech Tips

March 28, 2017 by  
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Rob’s insights to a connected home:

http://www.remodeling.hw.net/products/technology/smart-home-tips-from-a-home-technology-pro_o

Best of Houzz

February 7, 2017 by  
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We have been selected Best of Houzz for the 5th year in a row and our projects have been saved over 50K times! Thank you Houzzers!

New Houzz Technology Article about 4K TVs

December 7, 2016 by  
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I’m now writing technology articles for Houzz.com. Here is a link to my latest story:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/75877608/list/are-the-latest-high-definition-tvs-for-you-heres-what-to-know

Best Pick Reports

April 27, 2016 by  
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We’ve been selected as a Best Pick company. The only Home Theater company in the Philadelphia area to qualify! http://www.bestpickreports.com/home-theater-systems/philadelphia/chester-county/media-rooms-inc

BestPicks

We’ve been featured on Houzz!

March 30, 2016 by  
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See the story here:

Designing with the stars – pisces

 

 

 

 

 

Smart TVs and Streaming Devices

December 23, 2015 by  
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Our latest newsletter explains Smart TVs and streaming devices. Read more…

Home Automation – the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat!

November 17, 2015 by  
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Our latest Newsletter is about the cool things Home Automation can do, but how careful you have to be in choosing the right integrator to do the job. Read more…

 

 

 

Pitfalls of the DYI connected house

October 16, 2015 by  
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15DISRUPTIONSJP-blog427 We could not have said this better ourselves!

By Nick Bolton, NY Times

For the first time in recent memory, I had to call tech support. It wasn’t for my computer or my smartphone. It was for my house.

read more…

 

 

Luxury Private Cinema

September 30, 2015 by  
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Home Theater Installation West Chester PA What a great way to watch a movie or game! Media Rooms is a National Award Winning Designer and Installer of Home Theaters.

 

Personalized Ticket Booths

September 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Media Cabinetry

Theater entrance ticket booth Would you like your own ticket booth? Media Rooms can build you one, complete with a Marilyn statue. We can outfit your theater with the latest in high definition video and awesome audio!

 

How and why you need to find a good home theater installer.

September 8, 2015 by  
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How to find a good home theater installer from the writers at Electronic House.

 

 

 

Motorized Shades and Smart Lights for Home Security

June 1, 2015 by  
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As you pack up your car for a great summer vacation, are you also worrying about how well-protected your home is? Going away for a trip is stressful enough without having to think about what’s happening at your house. A smart home system that includes automated lighting and shade control can make your home more secure and let you focus on your fun instead.

Here are just a few of the security benefits of smart lighting and window shade control:

  1. Lived in look: Nothing tells would-be burglars that you’re away from home better than several days in a row of a dark house. If you leave for a week and simply turn off all the lights, that’s an invitation for a break in. Timers alone aren’t enough to simulate a lived-in look. Simple timers only turn on and off the same lights at the same time every day. A smart home system can be set up to vary the operation of lights or even make them random, to make it appear someone is moving around adjusting the lights. Outdoor lights, with programmed schedules and motion sensors, can also be great crime deterrents.
  2. Keep prying eyes out: Just as a realistic simulation of house lights can make a house look lived in, so can the use of motorized shades. If your window shades and blinds are closed 24 hours a day for several days, the house will look vulnerable. Also, you run the risk of coming home to find all your house plants have died from lack of sunlight. Don’t be forced to choose between security and living plants. Use your home automation system to automatically adjust some of your window coverings throughout the day or evening to make sure your plants get the sun they need, while making sure the shades and blinds are closed up at night to keep prying eyes out.
  3. Smart security integration: The benefits you reap from automating your home lighting and motorized window treatments can be made even better when you integrate your lighting and window control with a security system. Both professionally monitored systems can be integrated with popular lighting control products. For example, when a security window sensor detects a forced entry, smart programming can turn on the house lights, direct a security camera to start recording and send an alert to your mobile phone.

Coming home from a great vacation may be a disappointment, but with smart lighting, window coverings and security systems, it doesn’t have to result in an unpleasant surprise.

Another great review from a satisfied client

April 26, 2015 by  
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We have been in business for over 30 years. How have we managed to stay in business this long? By providing great products and customer service. Here is another great review from one of our recent satisfied clients.
“What can I say? Perfection. From the creative design to the attention to details, and flawless execution, it just does not get any better than working with the team at Media Rooms.”
klindsay618

Home Office Custom Cabinet

See all of our other reviews on Houzz:

http://www.houzz.com/browseReviews/robdzedzy

Family Room cabinet features secret storage

February 20, 2015 by  
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Family room media cabinet with over 35 drawers and shelves for storage. The decorative columns on either side of the TV pull out to reveal hidden drawers which conceal secret gun racks. The drawers have custom made locks which are also hidden. The cabinet was designed specifically for this space to fit wall-to-wall and floor to ceiling. Speakers for the surround sound system are hidden behind doors with acoustically transparent cloth. The dimensions are 15’ wide, 8’ high with varying depths. It has a white lacquer finish with natural cherry countertop. The entire cabinet was designed and fabricated in the in-house cabinet shop of Media Rooms Inc. The flat panel TV and surround sound system was also installed by Media Rooms.

TV Cabinet with Hidden Drawers

See the complete project at http://www.houzz.com/projects/937245/secret-storage

Blending home technology with your remodeling project.

September 19, 2014 by  
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Many times we are asked how to hide electronic components and speakers so they are not an obvious element in a remodeling project. There are several different ways to blend technology into architecture. The first and most important step is the meet with a custom technology integrator early in the process (during the design phase if possible). Custom integrators are well aware of the possibilities, because the process is the essence of their business. They are very much in-tune with the different types of electronic components and how to achieve solution based results.

There are multiple levels of blending electronic technology into homes. The question that needs to be asked is “what level is the homeowner/remodeler/architect trying to achieve”?

In any installation there are going to be components (amplifiers, cable boxes, surround sound receivers). These can be remotely located in a basement so they are not taking up space in the room. By using a control system the components can be operated from anywhere in the house.

Speakers can be hidden in cabinets and use acoustically transparent fabric to cover them (which will let the sound come through). For in-ceiling applications, new in-ceiling speakers have a very small diameter opening to blend with recessed light fixtures. For the large “boxy” subwoofers, there are many types of subwoofer products that use a small diameter flexible tube to project the sound. This allows the boxy speaker portion of the subwoofer to be placed out of the way. There are also completely invisible speakers which are hidden behind the drywall. You will not know these speakers are there… and they sound great.

TV’s can be hidden out of sight by using motorized lifts to allow the TV to pop-up from a cabinet at the foot of the bed in the master bedroom or drop down from the ceiling. Also, motorized slides can allow the TV to appear from behind a piece of art that slides left or right to expose the TV. If a very large screen size is important for the TV, a video projector is a great solution. Today’s video projectors produce stunning images in sizes from eight feet wide to well over 12 feet wide. New laser technology projectors produce an extremely bright image so they can be used in brightly lit rooms. The projector can be built into a soffit or a wall and by using a motorized screen the installation is invisible when not in use. 

Regarding wall clutter, walls do not need to be cluttered with wall mounted volume controls or keypads because the control of the audio system, or lights, or thermostats can be accomplished from a smartphone or iPad.

There are endless possibilities to hide electronics, allowing state-of-the art technology to fit into, but not distract, from your remodeling project.  

CEDIA 2014, Denver CO

September 13, 2014 by  
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CEDIA Tradeshow

 

 

    Attending CEDIA in Denver. Learning about all the cool new AV gear!

    Call us next week for a full update.

Interview on Pennsylvania Homes “Installing a Home Theater in Your Home”

June 26, 2014 by  
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Check out my interview, Installing a Home Theater in Your Home on Pennsylvania Homes, one of the top sites for Pennsylvania homes for sale.

Return the favor…

June 19, 2014 by  
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Read Rob Dzedzy’s blog in Qualified Remodeler about reciprocity of referrals:

My business is different than most electronic systems integrators, because we provide in-house design services and in-house custom cabinet fabrication in addition to custom electronic integration. For more than 30 years we have worked diligently to establish relations with remodelers, new home builders, architects, interiors designers and homeowners.…..

 

Custom Speakers

June 12, 2014 by  
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     Rob Dzedzy building custom speakers in the mid-1980s. #tbt  

Why buy motorized window treatments?

June 12, 2014 by  
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Lutron Motorized Shades

Lutron Motorized Shades

 

    Wondering about motorized window treatments?

     Here are 5 reasons why they are a good idea:

 http://www.electronichouse.com/article/top_5_reasons_to_get_motorized_window_shades/Learning_Center

Media Rooms features Lutron Motorized window treatments. 

 

 

Media Rooms’ theater featured on HGTV

June 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Media Cabinetry

Featured on HGTV, the interior of this theater was designed, fabricated and installed by Media Rooms Inc. in our in-house cabinet shop. All electronic components were supplied, installed and programmed by our custom integration staff.

 

Houzz Editorial Feature

May 14, 2014 by  
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      One of our theaters has been featured in a Houzz Editorial.

 

       http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/10544953/list/12-Home-Stages-That-Put-on-a-Great-Show

Unique way to hide equipment.

April 29, 2014 by  
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Columns hide equipment

Columns hide equipment

   

 

  Read about Media Rooms’ unique way of hiding equipment in the theater décor.        http://www.electronichouse.com/article/adding_space_for_equipment/

Partnering with Remodelers

April 17, 2014 by  
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Rob Dzedzy

Rob Dzedzy

     Rob Dzedzy speaks with Rob Heselbarth on the benefits of remodelers partnering with an    electronic systems contractor. www.forresidentialpros.com/11326585

 

LinkedIn Workshop

April 4, 2014 by  
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 “Leveraging LinkedIn Mini-Workshop” at Media Rooms Inc. presented by Bobbie Raffetto, All About Leverage, LLC

LinkedIn Workshop

Throwback Thursday

April 4, 2014 by  
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Orbit vintage tube brightener for televisions – 1950s. #tbt 

Orbit TV

 

What you should know about the process of building a home tech project

March 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Consumer Electronic Tip

This is a good article on what to expect during the process of building a home theater or other home electronic systems.

http://www.electronichouse.com/article/what_to_expect_during_your_home_theater_or_tech_project/

 

Electronics Design vs Installation

March 6, 2014 by  
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Homeowners should understand the difference between Electronics Design and Installation before embarking on a home electronics integration project. 

http://www.electronichouse.com/article/electronics_design_vs._installation/Learning_Center?utm_source=EH_Evrthng_htp&utm_medium=email

Birds Eye Maple Cabinetry

February 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Media Cabinetry

 Contemporary media cabinet of bird's eye maple.

Family room media cabinet designed and built in the Media Rooms In-House Cabinet Shop. Constructed in Birds-Eye Maple and Mahogany. We can custom design and build a media center for your family room!

Lutron Wireless Motorized Shades

January 29, 2014 by  
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Lutron Wireless Motorized Shades (click for demo)

Lutron’s Wireless Motorized Shades do not require any wiring, are very quiet and start at just $300 for a 3′ x 5′ window. They are controlled with a remote so you do not have to be able to reach the window.

Call us for a quote 610-719-8500.

CEPro Article on Our Award Winning Theater

January 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Awards

English Pub Home Theater

One of our Award winning Home Theaters has been featured in an article in CEPro Magazine.

http://www.cepro.com/article/neato_basement_transforms_into_english_pub_style_home_theater/?utm_source=CEPWeekly&utm_medium=email

Family Room Media Solution

January 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Media Cabinetry

Media Cabinet

Family Room Media Cabinet

Family room media cabinet with high definition video and 7 channel surround sound. Media cabinet designed and constructed in our in-house cabinet shop. The audio/video system was expertly installed by our professional installers. #mediaroom #hometheater #customcabinetry #surroundsound #CEDIA

 

 

 

Early Remote Control #throwbackthursday

December 13, 2013 by  
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remote

remote

Early Remote Control – the ZENITH Space Commander. It didn’t control much, but that’s OK because we only had 3 channels to watch. #throwbackthursday #tbt

 

 

 

Award Review

December 11, 2013 by  
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Art Deco Award Winning Home Theater

Awards: CEDIA Best Technical Design Large Home Theater, NARI CotY National Winner Home Theater, Chrysalis Region Winner, Master Design Winner Room Remodel.

#throwbackthursday Nextel push-to-talk

December 5, 2013 by  
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Remember Nextel – when the phones were clunky and we used push-to-talk – before texting existed!

Design vs Installation – Part II

December 2, 2013 by  
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Continuation of an interview of Rob Dzedzy by Lisa Montgomery, Editor, Electronic House magazine.

LM: Should homeowners expect to pay one company for design and another for installation? Or, do most home systems integrators do both?

RD: This depends on the audio video integration company. Some integrators excel at specific tasks, while others provide a full service. Smaller companies tend to be installation centric. Their main focus may be installing flat panel TV’s and surround systems, as an example. Larger companies focus on design, installation, and service of many varied systems, such as lighting control, automation, dedicated home theaters, etc. 

 

 

Fall Biz Expo

November 18, 2013 by  
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Thank you Chamber Alliance of Chester County for a great event – 2013 Fall Biz Expo.

 

2013 Biz Expo

Design vs Installation

November 5, 2013 by  
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Excerpt of an interview of Rob Dzedzy by Lisa Montgomery, Editor, Electronic House magazine.

 LM: Design and installation are two very different animals when implementing electronic systems into a home. Can you explain the differences?

 RD: In the design phase the first step is education and discovery. It is important to invest time to educate the client about home technology. Find out what their hot buttons are, see what they would like to accomplish and find out what their expectations are. Once the client understands the basics of home technology, the integrator can design a system or series of systems to meet their needs.

The design drives the installation. The more sophisticated the installation the more detailed the design needs to be. As an example, in large scale home automation projects the design needs to not only direct the electronic systems integrator it also needs to provide a work plan for the electrician, the HVAC contractor, the security company and other trades involved with the project.  

Some systems, such as a living room surround sound system or small home theater, may not need a detailed design element. However, whole house automation integration requires a well-executed design for the system functionality and the user interface to be successful.

 

Recent Review – Custom Built Office Furniture

October 16, 2013 by  
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We recently received a nice review from a client in Chadds Ford regarding the office furniture we built for her:

“Media Rooms did an excellent job with our project. The owner custom-designed our installation with great attention to detail and our wishes. We were very impressed with their breadth of capabilities and depth of technical knowledge. We have been very happy with everything.”

Natural Cherry Slabs

July 23, 2013 by  
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Natural Cherry Slabs

Natural Cherry Slabs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural cherry slabs were fabricated into a dining table in Media Rooms’ woodshop.

Why do you do what you do? What do you love about the A/V industry? What motivates you?

May 28, 2013 by  
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CEDIA recently asked member and volunteer Rob Dzedzy what he likes best about the industry and his work.

Here’s what he had to say:

Why do you do what you do? What do you love about this industry? What motivates you?   Rob Dzedzy

I love to make awesome theaters that not only have great sound and fabulous picture quality, but also have aesthetically great interior design. Since we provide the audio/video systems and the décor, design, and fit-out, we have the ability to create some magnificent theaters. It is personally very rewarding to see a theater project through to completion and see the client’s reaction.

I also love technology and the lifestyle conveniences technology can provide. Technology in home electronic systems applications can save energy and automate and simplify mundane events so the homeowner can enjoy their time at home.

Technology also provides a means to allow more flexibility in living space design by hiding components out of sight, by using invisible speakers, or by consolidating electronic wall clutter into one control device.

The industry is constantly changing. No offense to masons, but a brick is a brick. Not much has changed in the masonry business. However, home electronics is exciting and changes almost by the hour. Betamax, 8-track, VHS, reel-to-reel tape, audio cassettes, LP’s, standard definition TV, CRT TVs, videodisc, Dolby ProLogic, and on and on, were all cutting-edge technology  at one time. Now there is newer, better and faster technology which provides amazing functionality and convenience.

When it comes to the visual or auditory experience, the proper components in the best-suited environment can provide stunning results. I enjoy providing the best technology, the best environment and the best experience to my clients.

What do you love about what you do?

http://www.cedia.net/blog/in-your-own-words-why-do-you-love-what-you-do/

 

Consumer Tip #7

April 5, 2013 by  
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Tip #7 Simplify Your Controls.

Easy-to-use, all-in-one remote controls are available for most systems. You can even have them custom programmed so they make perfect sense to you. New technologies offer intuitive control from mobile devices and tablets through internet browsers anywhere in the world.

Consumer Tip #6

March 4, 2013 by  
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Tip # 6 Integrate lighting control and heating control.

Going green means convenience. Get the most out of your system with the least of energy consumption. System integration provides automatic energy-efficient adjustments saving you time and money.

Consumer Tip # 5

February 22, 2013 by  
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Tip # 5 Think with your wallet, but lead with your head. Quality and long-term dependability are the most cost-effective attributes that you can build into a home.

 

Consumer Tip #4

February 19, 2013 by  
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Media Rooms Inc. offers Smart Consumer Electronics Tips.

Tip #4 Ensure the Experts Work Together for You. Maximize your home’s electronic systems capabilities by having your architect, builder or remodeler, and interior designer collaborate and partner with your electronic systems contractor from the beginning of the planning process.

Consumer Electronics Tip # 3

February 12, 2013 by  
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For homeowners who are baffled by the constant stream of new technologies available in this consumer electronics age,  Media Rooms Inc. offers 10 Smart Consumer Electronics Tips.

Tip # 3: Buy an experience, not a box. Find an electronics contractor who has broad experience with the many systems that are on the market. Few consumers have the time to research and evaluate all the hardware choices. It is smarter to focus on the end result and make your choices based what the end user experience will be and not on the brand name of the products.

Consumer Tip #2

February 8, 2013 by  
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For homeowners who are baffled by the constant stream of new technologies available in this consumer electronics age, Media Rooms Inc. offers   10 Smart Consumer Electronics Tips.

Today, we offer Tip #2: Insist On Integrated systems. Make sure the electronics equipment you are buying can be hooked up together and operated with one, easy-to-use control system. Systems that communicate simplify your life and offer peace of mind by “watching” over your home.

Check back on Tuesday for Tip #3.

Read our previous tips.

Consumer Electronic Tip # 1

February 6, 2013 by  
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For homeowners who are baffled by the constant stream of new technologies available in this consumer electronics age, Media Rooms Inc. offers 10 Smart Consumer Electronics Tips.

Today, we offer Tip #1: Wire for everything now – even wireless. If you are building or remodeling a home, start with a plan for future wiring needs. Wire is necessary to support wireless applications. While no one can guarantee what the future will look like, an experienced custom home technology professional integrator, like Media Rooms Inc., make it their business to stay current to offer expert advice about technologies on the horizon.

Owners Want a Tech Savvy Home

August 5, 2012 by  
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Homeowners want a tech-savvy home

By Rob Dzedzy, president of Media Rooms Inc.

When you have initial meetings with a prospective client, are they asking for home technology, such as wireless Internet, energy management, lighting control, a home music system or a home theater?

For the remodeling project you are very comfortable discussing design, construction, quality of materials, types of cabinets and fixtures. But do you feel that you are out of your comfort zone when it comes to home technology?

Clients are becoming more tech savvy every day. They want to stream music from services like Pandora and Rhapsody and stream movies from services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc. Internet/network dependent streaming services require a quality local home network.

In addition, more and more people are becoming energy conscious and are looking for ways to save on their energy bills. Incorporating energy management systems is a great way to provide your clients with long-term savings, especially as the cost of energy increases. As part of energy usage, home lighting is more than likely the single largest energy consuming component. There are dozens of control systems out there and sorting everything out can be confusing.

Your client may be interested in lifestyle technology that brings music throughout their home or a home theater that lets them feel like they are part of the action.

In home renovation each client has hot buttons. For remodeling it may be the quality and color of the kitchen or the way you as a contractor relate to their needs and concerns. For many clients their hot button may be the fact that you are in tune with home technology.

Just as you are the professional your client is looking to for design and construction, a CEDIA certified Electronic System Contractor (ESC) brings you and your client the expertise they are looking for in home technology. Contact CEDIA and find ESC’s in your area to partner with. Your relationship with an ESC may just very well be the element that wins you the contract.

NARI and CEDIA have formed a separate council, the Remodeling & Home Technologies Council, for the purpose of creating awareness and business opportunity between their memberships. For further information about the council and its activities, please contact its chairman, Lou Alvarado at [email protected]

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