Exhilaration escalates as you meet with your architect, your builder, and your design team to hash out the specifics of your dream home. You discuss structural placement and necessities at length, and you probably leave all the finishing touches — like lighting — for later. However, that can be a mistake according to Design Associates in Bozeman.
“Lighting is an essential part to creating a home, environment, or space. It is also crucial for spaces to function properly. However, due to the fact that many times this design element is not addressed until later in the project, it tends to be overlooked, under-designed, or under-budgeted.”
“Smart” lighting is something that really needs to be planned for early on since the wiring for it must be put in place before the drywall is up. According to Doug Brekke of Black Box Design in Big Timber, “smart” lighting is operated by a central control system where settings are programmed into a computer that sends the instructions to all the switches in the house. Although this is a high-end feature, it is certainly worth considering! Imagine the lights in your home adjusting themselves automatically based on your family’s routine, even while you’re on vacation. How convenient would it be, after you’ve already snuggled yourself into bed for the night and suddenly remembered all the basement lights are still on, to be able to just reach out and touch one switch to turn them all off?