NEW JERSEY SMART HOME DESIGN
BRAVO AV DESIGN PHILOSOPHY
At Bravo AV Consulting, we take a holistic approach to the design of Smart Home systems and Home Theater Rooms. We do this by carefully listening to the client's wants and needs. We then develop a solution that contains the features and benefits that best fit the client's lifestyle. Since we carry no inventory and have over 50 brands to choose from we can use our creativity and years of experience to craft a home theater or AV system that offers tremendous performance and value for a given budget.
During our holistic design process we select components of a similar performance level. From home theater speakers, receivers, projectors and other components, we know that the weakest link will be the limiting factor in the systems performance. Therefore, we pay attention to every facet of the AV system; the things you see and the things you don't see. We also look towards the future and make sure the system has the ability to evolve as new technologies emerge.
For us, it's not about the equipment. The equipment is just the means to an end. The end result is superbly reproduced music and movies.
All our systems are designed to be easy to operate. After all, what good is a system that is hard to use?
BRAVO AV DESIGN - BUILD PROCESS
As Design-Build technology integrators we implement five phases through the course of a project from concept to completion. Careful thought and attention is given to each step to ensure you receive a solution that is tailored to your needs and delivers the benefits you desire. We are committed to making the entire experience from start to finish effective and efficient. We pride ourselves on being good communicators with all parties involved. We take all the time necessary to educate our clients so they are entirely comfortable making their decision.
We are responsible for all phases of the AV and integrated technology work including the needs assessment, system design & engineering, walk through, installation, commissioning, training and service. During the design-build process it is very important to ensure the needs analysis (also called the Discovery) has been performed. Otherwise the system design and project contract will be too vague.
1. Discovery Process:
The discovery process during smart home automation design is the essential foundation for a successful outcome because it is where we listen to our client's needs and desires. Our preliminary interviews are relaxed yet specific we endeavor to balance the goals of the client with the realities of technological trends, budget constraints and built-in obsolescence.
During the discovery process, we go through each room to hear what the client wants. We look at each room in the context of the whole house, but we also we treat each room as its own space with its own requirements. When looking at a given room, we encourage the client to think about how this room will be used both in the near term, as well as future uses. We encourage clients to tell us all the
technology/automation solutions they are thinking about without regard to how much they think they cost or how difficult they are to implement. When we have a complete list, we can assign a cost to each solution and prioritize from there. For each space or room we look at, we will be looking at the following factors and adjusting as needed:
During the discovery process, we learn how the client will be using the space. Parent’s needs can be different than their children’s. We also want to know what other professionals, i.e. interior designers, builders, etc., are involved so we can seamlessly coordinate with them.
The discovery meeting ends with a scope, budget and timing roughly defined.
If this meeting takes place at the client’s residence or office, we encourage a follow up meeting at the Bravo AV showroom so that we can demonstrate many of the technologies we discussed in our initial meeting.
Bravo AV then produces an initial Scope and Budget Statement for the client’s review. Changes and clarifications are made until the client is satisfied with the project plan.
2. System Design & Engineering:
After the pertinent information has been gathered, we develop a detailed report in accordance to these plans. We put our system design team to work to define all aspects of the project functionality for each room or area. In addition, all hardware and labor is defined with exacting detail. We meet with the client to deliver this information for review, feedback and ultimate approval. As crucial as this Discovery step is, the Design & Engineering step is critical because a bad design cannot reach a satisfactory conclusion.
After you have decided exactly what you want, Bravo AV will walk through your house with you and locate where speakers, TV displays, control devices, security cameras, shades and light switches, electronic gear, telephones and wiring jack locations. In homes under construction, it is preferable to have a general contractor present to help with home layout. Black magic marker and florescent spray paint will be used to clearly mark locations. During this session, it is important that customers supply information such as:
Most recent floor plans
Reflected ceiling plans
Elevations of built-ins
Specific details for
Location and size of bed. Will there be anything flanking the bed (i.e. drapes or furniture)
TV display locations and decision on whether it will be mounted on the wall or in a piece of furniture?
4. Implementation Process:
With the design and engineering approved and the walk through complete we can start the implementation phase. Implementation is broken up into 4 phases:
Rough-in or prewire
Testing and Commissioning
In new construction, this takes place after the HVAC, plumbing and electrical work are completed. After all our wires and conduits are run we will photograph all our material in the walls. The GC will then insulate and install sheetrock.
Typically, we start this phase after all the moulding and built-ins are installed and the house has had one coat of paint and is fairly clean. At this point we install speakers, mounts and wall plates.
The house has to be completely dust free at this point. We install all TV electronics and shades.
Testing and Commissioning
We test all the components of the system for full functionality. We turn the system over to you and educate you on its use.
The length of time for this phase is dependent upon the time frame of construction. Once system installation is complete, an as-built System Specification will be delivered.
5. Service & Support:
By offering outstanding service, we strive to make every client, a client for life. By delivering as-built documentation and programming source code to our clients, we ensure that the investment they have made into their home is well protected and may be serviced for life with accuracy and diligence. We honor all manufacturer warranties plus a 6-month workmanship warranty.
FROM START, TO FINISH, AND BEYOND...
Whether you're a new customer interested in our home theater or smart home automation solutions, or an existing customer seeking support, we would love to hear from you. Don't hesitate to call or use our contact form to reach us for any reason. Our talented staff of representatives is knowledgeable, responsive and ready to answer your questions. Our technicians are certified, experienced, and extremely passionate about every project. We take pride in building lifelong relationships with our valued customers. Contact us, we are ready to go to work for you.