Idea House: Home Tech

Whether building a simple starter home or the ultimate abode, home construction contains many unknowns and can be overwhelming, especially for those unsure where to start or those who experience a hiccup in the planning process.

Photography by Rachel Acquaviva

LOCAL Life is walking readers through each step of the complicated process via an ongoing series in print and online at LocalLifeSC.com. A Hilton Head Island couple built a smart home and agreed to let us document the process. The home was an amalgamation of professionals and inspiration sources: Architect, builder, designers, magazines, Pinterest, Google, Houzz, model homes and HGTV. We share these inspiration sources and tips that might help with your next renovation or construction project.


Tips to tune up your game

NFL and college football seasons kick off this month, so now is the time to get your devices, televisions and streaming set up. When it comes to sports and TVs, size does matter. However, large screens do not have to be ugly. Here are three stylish ways to integrate a large television with elegant room decor.


Mount up
Gone are the days where the television was automatically hung above fireplace. This 75” screen is on a pull-out wall-mount arm so when it is not in use, it pushes back and lets the fireplace be the focal point. A bonus is that it holds the Sonos playbar. LR-Chief Wallmount Arm by Custom Audio Video.


Get out Fall is the perfect time of year to kill two birds with one stone. Enjoy the outdoors while taking in the games on your outdoor television. Without a doubt, it is worth the investment for a quality outdoor television. This Sunbrite 65” television is guaranteed, weatherproof, has no glare and integrates with the Sonos system through B&W marine outdoor speakers. All installed by Custom Audio Video.


Get framed Add a custom wood frame around the television to finish it like a piece of art. When the games aren’t on, you can rotate images of your family, travel or artwork on the screen so your television looks like artwork. MB-Sony XBR encased in a MediaDecor Edge frame by Custom Audio Video.


Sports on the go
Never miss your favorite sporting events when you download the Hargray TV app. Stream games in real time or remotely program your DVR to watch them later. You can stream up to three devices at the same time. Find more information at hargray.com.