A Smart Home Primer for Design Pros
Genevieve and scott
Instructor Genevieve Trousdale and Scott Ruzich, March 29, 2023; 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST. Online
March 29, 2023 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST

Smart home technology is no longer a special request of digitally savvy clients only; it’s now an essential component of almost every project. While the actual installation of such systems may be best left to the IT experts on your extended team, educating yourself about the opportunities and limitations of the latest innovations is more important than ever. To stay relevant in today’s increasingly automated world, every interior designer will benefit from knowing the basics of home tech integration. 

Genevieve Trousdale and Scott Ruzich will teach you how to accurately assess the pros and cons of the integration process from both a project- and client-specific basis. Covering everything from aesthetics to cost, Trousdale and Ruzich address the challenges presented by different systems and explain the ways smart home technology can impact your design.

In this class, attendees will learn:

- The fundamentals of what home automation entails and all it is capable of including, from rudimentary to advanced systems 
- How designers can “baby-step” a client into using these systems to make their life easier
- A breakdown of the costs of smart home technology and its integration, including guidelines to make sure that the purchase matches the client’s budget, demands and level of digital literacy
- How smart home integration can impact the design and timeline of a project, and how to adapt your design to maximize both the style and the functionality of the tech 
- Common mistakes and hiccups particular to smart home integration

After this class, attendees will have:

- The terminology to speak accurately about home tech and what its integration involves 
- A road map for guiding clients through which aspects are essential and which are optional for their individual needs 
- A clear understanding of the parameters designers should implement in advance of adding smart home integration to the scope of a project

Additional Information:

This workshop is conducted through Zoom webinar. All you need to join is reliable internet access and computer speakers with good volume.

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Louisiana-born designer Genevieve Trousdale boasts a stunning repertoire of world-class projects in her portfolio, including American ski chalets, a Parisian flat, even a luxurious royal palace. Her experience throughout the United States, the Middle East and Europe inspired her to create the global membership organization Circaphiles, where professional designers can make connections, continue their education and strengthen their skills.

Scott Ruzich is president and founder of Epic Smart Homes, a company aggressively at the forefront of modern technology with a mission to connect the dots between how people live and what automation can do to remove tedium and add joy. Founded in 2005, the business has overseen thousands of successful residential and commercial installations across California, Nevada, Texas and Hawaii, delivering convenience and luxury, saving time and money, and providing security and peace of mind.