April 25th , 2014

At Hallmark Homes, we are committed to staying on top of, and implementing many of the new technology trends in new home construction as they come to market.  Here are several of those trends that we have already implemented into some of our homes.

  1. USB Outlets

  2. Nest Learning Thermostat

  3. Phillip Hue Personal Wireless Lighting

  4. Sonos Wireless HiFi System

USB Outlets

USB outlet 

With all of the new personal smart devices that we all own today, from smart phones and tablet computers to Gameboys and Bluetooth headphones, having a dedicated outlet or outlets to charge these devices is paramount.  At Hallmark Homes, we are starting to put charging centers with USB outlets in all of our homes.  It helps keep all of your charging cords and devices in a neat, organized manner.


Nest Learning Thermostat


We love the Nest!  We offer it as an option in all of our new homes.  The Nest Learning Thermostat programs itself and automatically helps save energy when you’re away.  And you can control it anywhere using your smartphone, tablet or computer.


Phillips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting

Phillips Hue 

Create your personal wireless lighting environment with the Philips Hue connected bulbs and wireless bridge. And control it all with your iPhone or iPad from wherever you are. You can connect up to 50 Hue light bulbs to a single system, while using as much as 80% less energy than traditional bulbs. Each Hue light bulb delivers 600 lumens and produces all shades of white, from warm to cold, and a wide variety of color. Each bulb uses 80% less power than a traditional light bulb. We currently have the Phillips Hue personal wireless lighting system in our model home at 6055 N. Channing Way, Meridian, ID 83646.  It’s a lot of fun to play with and can create some cool lighting and different moods.  Come visit us at our model home and check it out!


Sonos Wireless HiFi System  


These are great too!  Both Brandon and I have this system in our personal homes.  Sonos is a system of HiFi wireless speakers and audio components. It unites your digital music collection in one app that you control from any device. Play what you want in every room over a dedicated wireless network.  You can listen to music from your digital library in one room while listening to music from Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, etc. in another room, and still watch a movie with the Sonos soundbar in yet another room.  You can expand it to every room in your new home.  Controlling it all from the Sonos app on any of your smart devices is extremely easy.


As always, feel free to visit our website at to get more ideas, and to view our current new home inventory by Hallmark Homes.  You can also visit us at our model home in Paramount Subdivision.  The address is 6055 N. Channing Way, Meridian ID 83545.  Be sure to Like and follow us on Facebook.  Feel free to contact us at any time to learn more about your preferred Boise home builder.

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