March 15 2019

TRI Pointe Group Teams with Amazon to Offer Smart Homes Featuring Amazon Alexa

by Erin

TRI Pointe homesmart home

TRI Pointe Group has teamed with Amazon to offer its new homebuyers smart homes featuring Amazon Alexa as an extension of HomeSmart®, TRI Pointe Group’s suite of state-of-the-art home technology and automation features. HomeSmart®, activated and supported by Amazon, is being implemented across all six of TRI Pointe Group’s homebuilder brands.
Amazon Alexa is activated by merely using simple voice commands such as ‘Alexa, good morning’ that can be used to adjust features in the home such as the lighting, temperatures, and even a musical selection. The new smart home offering features Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Honeywell Lyric 2 Smart Thermostat or Ecobee Smart Thermostat, Schalge or Kwikset Smart Door Lock (in select markets), and a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater Recirculation Pump (in select markets) just to name a few.
To help new homebuyers maximize their HomeSmart® technology at no extra charge, the package includes an on-site home activation appointment with an Amazon Expert to customize the smart home experience and Amazon Expert activation support. This allows for ease of access to pose any questions and address any concerns, although there may not be very many as the rate of customer satisfaction is high. Customers have rated Amazon Experts at 4.9 out of 5 stars. “We are constantly evolving and aiming higher to meet and exceed customer expectations,” said Tom Mitchell, president, and chief operating officer of TRI Pointe Group.

It is now more common than not to have control of your home in the palm of your hand. These new home smart features will suit families with their every need as well as give them peace of mind whether in the home or away.  If you forget to turn off the heat before a family vacation, it’s no problem.  You can simply adjust your settings on your mobile device and focus on the family fun ahead.
TRI Pointe Group® is based in Irvine, California and is a family of premium regional homebuilders that designs, builds, and sells homes in multiple major U. S. markets. The TRI Pointe Group family consists of Maracay™ in Arizona, Pardee Homes® in California and Nevada, Quadrant Homes® in Washington, Trendmaker® Homes in Texas, TRI Pointe Homes® in California, Colorado and North Carolina, and Winchester® Homes in Maryland and Virginia. TRI Pointe Group was recognized on the 100 Fastest-Growing Companies List in Fortune Magazine in 2017. They were also named Builder magazine's Builder of the Year in 2015.

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August 3 2018

Lennar Sets the Trend in Homes of the Future with Amazon Alexa

by Kelley

Amazon Alexa Lennar Homes

If you haven’t heard already, Lennar has partnered with Amazon to make Alexa standard in every new home. Each Lennar home will include built-in Wi-Fi, smart locks, doorbells, thermostats and lights – all controlled by the voice-activated assistant. This roll out comes shortly after the merge of Lennar and CalAtlantic, now making Lennar the largest homebuilder in the nation and more accessible to millions of homebuyers. Customers currently have the opportunity to experience the Alexa smart home environment with Amazon Experience Centers at select Lennar communities in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC with more markets to come.


While experiencing Alexa in a real home environment, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the benefits of using the digital assistant first hand. Features of Alexa include putting your home on auto-pilot with “good morning” and “good night” routines, ordering household essentials, scheduling home services, notifications for doorbells, entries, exits and more. Included in the flagship Amazon Experience Centers are the latest smart home products for lighting, locks, entertainment, sprinklers, shades, car chargers and so much more.


With Lennar being the first home builder to implement Amazon Alexa as a standard feature, it seems like a safe assumption that we’ll see a rise in demand for Alexa smart home solutions in new home communities across the country.  This may open a larger door for Amazon to dominate the market for digital voice-activated assistants and custom solutions for each market, in house training, education, marketing and installation make this partnership all the more appealing for home builders.


To experience an Amazon Experience Center, tour a Lennar home near you.

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April 6 2018

Enjoy Smart Home Kitchen and Bath Appliances with the Launch Kohler Konnect

by Kelley

Kohler Konnect Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror

Thanks to Kohler Konnect your new home just got even smarter. Kohler’s recently introduced line of smart home appliances allows homeowners to control their kitchen and bath with voice command, custom app presets and hands-free motion control. You’ll experience a new level of luxury when using your shower, bathtub, toilet, sink and mirror. In addition to convenience, the Microsoft Azure cloud platform allows you to monitor water usage for each paired product so you’ll have added opportunity to conserve.


The days of stepping into a shower that is too hot or too cold are over. When you’re ready, the DTV + showering system sets your water temperature to your exact specifications for every member of the family. In the tub, PerfectFill technology allows you draw a bath, walk away and come back to the perfect water level and temperature without having to monitor it. You’ll be worry free with hands free flushing on your Touchless Response toilet and the PureWarmth seat and built in nightlight makes getting up in the middle of the night seem less like a chore. In the kitchen, take advantage of your own built-in helper with the Sensate faucet that pours measured amounts of water at your voice command.


The crowned jewel of the Kohler Konnect suite invites you to own the award winning Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror. With Amazon Alexa built right in, this innovative product not only allows you to control the lighting but every other Kohler Konnect product as well. Start your morning playlist, set a reminder or receive important updates. Everything Alexa can do, you can now control from your bathroom mirror.


Enjoy the luxury and convenience that comes from Kohler Konnect. Witness product demonstrations with Kohler’s Moments Made Better video and stay tuned for the launch of the Kohler Konnect app that allows you to set your preferences, monitor your water usage and more. To be notified when the product line is available, sign up to be the first to know.

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