Genius Home: inside a freestanding Californian villa


In episode 2 of Home Genius, our intrepid hosts Caleb Denison and Ariana Escalante take us on a tour of a Southern California home that is truly on a different level. In addition to being automated and equipped with state-of-the-art devices, it is also completely autonomous and produces all of its own energy. Here’s a quick rundown of the highlights:

First of all, the design of the house is simply breathtaking. It features a bright, open, Mediterranean-inspired aesthetic that elegantly straddles the line between classic and modern. You would be forgiven if you didn’t notice that it is packed with cutting edge technology, as the designers of the house clearly took great care to ensure that the tech touches were integrated seamlessly and unobtrusively.

Take the kitchen, for example. At first glance, it doesn’t seem particularly sophisticated, at least technologically speaking. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Hidden subtly behind the stone panels, you’ll find top-of-the-line devices from Miele and Viking that can be operated remotely. Want a cup of coffee after you wake up? Just get out of bed and send your order to the connected Miele espresso machine. It will be ready by the time you step into the kitchen.

Another prime example of seamless technological integration is the home living room entertainment center. There you will find a stunning 77-inch LG OLED TV and a premium surround sound system. But here’s the problem: all of those speakers are virtually invisible. Three of them are neatly integrated into the ceiling, while two more and a pair of subwoofers are hidden in the stone wall. You couldn’t find them if you tried.

But even with all of this smartly integrated technology and automation, the star of the show is definitely the home’s residential energy system, which allows the home to power all of its indoor technologies, including all those appliances, TVs, speakers. and even Tesla chargers. in the garage – without drawing a single watt from the California grid. All the energy a home needs comes from a set of solar panels on its roof, which store excess energy in an indoor battery bank to keep it running 24/7.

Oh, and did we mention there’s also an infinity pool, elevator, private cinema-grade cinema, and air-conditioned wine cellar? You definitely don’t want to miss this episode!

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