Granite Ridge Homes Automates Homes in Ft. Wayne Community

Popular lifestyle applications delivered via partnership with regional technology firm and innovative automation provider.

SARASOTA, FL October 22, 2014---Granite Ridge Homes announced today that the company will include automation solutions as standard amenities in each of the custom homes it is building in its new Ft. Wayne, Indiana development. The builder of 250 homes in 2013 is kicking off the project in its esteemed NextSTEP Home, a project that collectively showcases the diverse components it combines to create highly energy-efficient smart homes, including full home automation.


Granite Ridge is delivering the automated lifestyle packages through a partnership with Audio Video Systems Inc., an Indiana technology service provider; and Clare Controls, a manufacturer of high-performance automation solutions. Clare is noted for the performance and scalability of its popular lifestyle applications, ranging from lighting, climate, and security to video surveillance and home entertainment.

Starting with the NextSTEP project, Granite Ridge's homes will all include Clare's CLIQ controller, the brain of the unified automation solution. The CLIQ controls all of Clare's lifestyle applications, individually and in multi-functional one-touch scenes, through a single, personalized interface on the users' iPads, iPhones, and Android phones.

Homeowners can personalize their scalable systems with applications that enhance safety and security, comfort and convenience, and home entertainment.

Jason Spuller, Technology Director for Granite Ridge, stated, "The Granite Ridge team is constantly searching for the most effective amenities to include in our custom homes. We've found that homeowners are growing increasingly interested in building tech-savvy homes, and ClareHome automation is a great way to meet those demands. The Clare system makes it easy for each homeowner to start with an automation package that fits their current lifestyle, and then to upgrade to additional applications as their needs evolve. We are excited about the value and energy-consciousness this adds to our homes," he concluded, "exceeding homeowners' expectations with this uniquely custom automation experience."

Kip Davis, owner of Audio Video Systems, remarked, "From the technology perspective, Clare Controls is leading the way to a new frontier of efficiency. The cloud-based Clare system's remote management capabilities will allow our team to provide a consistently high level of service, configuring, maintaining, and managing automation systems efficiently, often without having to send technicians to residences. At the end of the day this adds up to happy partners and happy clients." Brian Dietsch, Clare's VP of Business Development said, "Granite Ridge is a forward-thinking company that does not accept the idea that technology is something that builders will do in the future. They believe - as Clare does - that the future automated home is here today, and we are proud to be their technology partner in the NextSTEP Home initiative. "

About Granite Ridge Builders
We build homes with uncompromising value, quality, and luxury. Building new customized homes in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan, we have made a strong presence in the Midwest. Our team works together to make each home perfect. We strive to build the best quality of homes possible. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the possibilities of one of our homes on your lot -- it's time to start living your dream! You'll find that attainable luxury is wherever you want it to be, whether on your lot or in one of our beautiful villa communities. To learn more about our homes, please visit http://www.graniteridgebuilders.com/home

About Audio Video Systems, Inc.
Audio Video Systems, " The Home Entertainment Experts," specialize in all types of systems - from small wiring jobs to complete automation systems for both residential and commercial customers. The professional team at Audio Video Systems takes great pride in the quality of your installation, from neat and clean rough-in wiring to the polished final product. Audio Video Systems offers custom home theaters, structured wiring, central vac systems, video surveillance and security. For more information, please visit http://avsinstall.com

About Clare Controls
Clare Controls is the provider of the ClareHome Builder Program, an integrated hardware, software, and business solution that gives homebuilders a comprehensive response to today's exploding demand for mainstream home automation systems. Featuring on-site service by certified Clare partners with national manufacturer's support, the Program delivers full-featured home automation in a predictable and repeatable business model. For more information, visit http://www.clarecontrols.com

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