October 4, 2007
With its exquisite natural setting on the banks of Buffalo Bayou, large Martha Stewart designed homes with decorator touches inside and out, and extensive recreational amenities, KB Home’s WoodCreek Reserve in Katy, Texas is one of the crown jewels of residential communities in the Houston area. The state-of-the-art HAI (Home Automation, Inc.) home automation technology wired into each home puts this community in a class by itself.
Depending on the floorplan and options chosen, homes include a variety of technology features that have been selected for both function – safety, convenience, energy savings, entertainment and comfort – and simplicity of use. All homes include state-of-the-art, HAI Omni Family UL-listed security systems with programmable features that allow homeowners to monitor their home and obtain notifications when potential problems need their attention.
“KB Home is proud to include Home Automation Inc.’s (HAI) Omni home control systems in WoodCreek Reserve to offer homebuyers the high level of safety, comfort and ease of lifestyle that they expect,” says Joe Zimmerman, president of KB Home Houston Division. “This superior technology allows residents to manage the systems within their home in a way that fits their own unique needs and routine and frees them from many of the typical burdens of home management.”
With the HAI Omni Control system, problems such as a water leak, fire or carbon monoxide can be sent to the homeowner’s phone alerting them of the issue at home. Homeowners can also monitor and control their home system via phone and the Internet to keep track of who is in the home. For example, parents can receive an email when their kids arrive home from school or to verify the pet has been fed while out of town. In addition, the home’s comfort features such as temperature and lighting can be adjusted from a remote location for convenience and energy savings. Cameras can also be installed in baby rooms to enable parents to monitor their children.
"At Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, we are constantly looking to highlight innovative technology that will impact the daily lives of consumers and homebuyers," said Suzanne Kantra, technology editor, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. "From a heating and air-conditioning system that saves energy, to lights that never leave you fumbling for your keys in the dark, our Martha Stewart designed homes use technology to create a more inviting and personalized living environment."
In addition to providing safety and security, the system offers lifestyle enhancements such as complete home audio. With Hi-Fi by HAI’s Whole Home Audio system, audio can be streamed throughout the house through a number of devices including stereo, iPod, satellite radio, digital cable TV, computer, or a CD player.
For instance, connect your CD player to the system and enjoy your favorite tunes while lounging on the patio or taking a relaxing bath. Kids can listen to their favorite band by connecting their bedroom computer to the system and listening in the living room.
“This technology is easy to use and manage,” explains Zimmerman. “Once homeowners experience an automated home they can’t imagine living without it.”
The HAI Omni control system also includes sophisticated lighting control. The system acts as the main command center for all of your homes lighting needs. Lights can be scheduled by time, motion, door openings, sunrise, sunset, or alarm activation. Lighting can be set for different events that require a unique lighting atmosphere such as parties, romantic evenings or movie night.
WoodCreek Reserve is the third collaboration between KB Home and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. “Technology included in the community’s homes is a reflection of Martha Stewart’s own affinity for technology, as well KB Home’s desire to give homebuyers a quality, state-of-the-art home,” says Zimmerman.
For more information regarding HAI’s award winning home control products, please visit www.homeauto.com or call 800-229-7256. For information regarding the KB Homes WoodCreek Reserve development, please contact Darin Campbell, 512-651-8124, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Home Automation, Inc. (HAI)
HAI is a privately held manufacturer of integrated automation and security products for residential and commercial use based in New Orleans, LA. Incorporated in 1985, HAI has developed a full line of award-winning automation products, including automation controllers, communicating programmable thermostats, smart light switches, and software that allow access and control of an automation system over the Internet. All products are sold through HAI’s worldwide network of Distribution Partners and installed by over 1000 trained dealers. For more information, call 800-229-7256 or visit www.homeauto.com.
About KB Home
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in the homebuilding industry, KB Home is one of America's largest homebuilders. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Company has domestic operating divisions in 15 states, building communities from coast to coast. KB Home is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "KBH." For more information about any of KB Home's new home communities or complete mortgage services through Countrywide KB Home Loans, call 888-KB-HOMES or visit www.kbhome.com.
About Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE: MSO) is a diversified media and merchandising company, inspiring and engaging consumers with unique content and distinctive products. It is organized into four business segments: Publishing, Internet and Broadcasting media platforms and Merchandising product lines. The Publishing segment encompasses five magazines, including the company’s flagship publication, Martha Stewart Living, periodic special issues and books. The marthastewart.com website provides consumers with instant access to MSLO’s multimedia library search and find capabilities, and more. The Broadcasting division features two television programs and a radio channel on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. In addition to its media properties, MSLO offers beautiful, practical and superior quality Martha Stewart products through licensing agreements with carefully selected companies. For additional information, visit www.marthastewart.com.