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Custom builders make smart homes affordable for Dallas-Fort Worth buyers

Custom builders make smart homes affordable for Fort Worth buyers

The Tuscany model home in Northwest Fort Worth
Serene Homes offers houses with built-in smart technology at an affordable price: $140s to $300s. Photo courtesy of Serene Homes

The presence of technology in our everyday lives is remarkable — from the wireless capabilities on our personal devices to the security we almost take for granted at the office. So it only stands to reason that our houses be brought up to speed, right?

Founded in Southlake in 2012, Serene Homes has recently debuted its first “smart home” designs in northwest Fort Worth, with the goal of making advanced wireless functioning in private residences more widely available and affordable.

“Smart home technology has historically only been used in high-end custom homes,” says Jeff Peterson, executive vice president of Land acquisition and development. “We want to bring this technology to everyone.”

 “Smart home technology has historically only been used in high-end custom homes,” says Serene Homes’ Jeff Peterson. “We want to bring this technology to everyone.”

What does this mean for new homeowners? Anyone buying a Serene Homes property gets what are typically added (and costly) features in a custom build. Packages can be tailored to each client’s needs and include the ability to control the home with any smart phone, tablet or computer.

The final results let users remotely lock and unlock doors, open and close the garage, turn lights on and off (as well as anything that’s plugged into an electric outlet), control the in-house temperature and security system, and monitor any interior or exterior cameras — which can be mounted according to the client’s wishes.

To further attract DFW homebuyers, Serene Homes is offering augmented reality technology, including 3D display capabilities during the sales and design process, which allows buyers to seamlessly oversee and tweak design schemes based on digital renderings. This takes some of the guesswork out of an otherwise less-than-certain process.

The finished product has the potential to consist of 1,464 to 3,506 thoughtfully planned square feet. “These homes have been designed to maximize space without sacrificing quality,” Peterson notes.

“We have thought about what matters to most people — from linen closets by the bedrooms to desks in the kitchens to seats in each master shower to walking into your house from the garage and not walking through your laundry room.”

The new generation of homes — all in the $140s to low $300s — will occupy two developments. The Hills of Windridge is set to open its model homes in June; another known as the Trails of Fossil Creek will break ground a bit later this year.

Beyond Texas, the company has more than 1,300 acres in Canada to be developed in the future. But for those looking to buy here and now, there are 1,751 lots ready to be called home.