As a Crestron programming company that has been in the industry for almost 20 years now (official 20th anniversary coming in September), we find ourselves being contacted to complete projects all over the country. In our early years, we serviced mainly the San Diego and Orange County areas of Southern California, since that’s where we were headquartered at the time, but as some of our clients moved, bought second homes, or referred us to others in different parts of the country, we found ourselves traveling more to complete residential programming projects using Crestron. One place we’ve been to multiple times for residential Crestron programming work is Palm Springs.
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For people who aren’t familiar with Crestron programming or with smart home programming in general, it can be difficult to get their heads around what it is our company does exactly. We’ve had people who think we do home security system installations or that we install home theater systems. It’s understandable why people would think that. We often work with companies who do these types of installations. In fact, they’re typically the companies that hire us as subcontractors when they need AV programming for certain projects, but what we do is the behind-the-scenes programming work that gives home systems customized functionality.
At AV Programming Associates, we advertise that we do Crestron programming for both residential and commercial applications. When we say “commercial,” you likely think of “business,” because that’s what commercial means. The word, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is an adjective that is “related to buying and selling things.” So, it makes sense that you would think that AVPA only offers Crestron programming services for homes and companies. But that’s not the case.
As an AV programming company, we rarely work alone. Most of the work we do comes from AV integration companies or AV installers who need a programmer that specializes in Crestron programming or Extron programming to help them with a custom solution. In these situations, we will come in as a subcontractor of the AV integration or installation company to provide just the programming portion of the project.
If you’ve ever been in a home with intentional and thoughtful lighting design, you probably realized how big of a difference lighting can make to the look and feel of a room. Some homeowners don’t put much thought into the lighting in their homes, other than making sure there is adequate light in each room to complete the tasks at hand. But to other homeowners, the lighting is just as important (maybe even more important) than the décor, furnishings, and finishes they choose for a room.
In recent years, the minimalist lifestyle has gained some traction in homes around the country. People are choosing to surround themselves with less stuff and simplify their lives. They tend to prefer fewer, but more meaningful, items in their homes and focus more on people and experiences than physical things. It’s a lifestyle that many find extremely freeing, as well as fulfilling.