Last week, I had a chance to tour Philadelphia Magazine’s Design Home 2014 in Wyndmoor, PA and learn about the new X1 Platform from Xfinity/Comcast. As it so happens, my family of 7 is almost ready to look for a bigger house for our large crew. I was hoping to pick up designs tips and ideas for making the most of a larger home.
We’re also large consumers of technology. We have several laptops to help our kids with their schoolwork, along with an old iPad. We’re big fans of cable tv – we’re always watching the History Channel, kid channels or catching up on our favorite shows on demand. Not to mention our new addiction to all things Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO-go and Apple Tv. Yes, we love our tech!
All opinions expressed in this post are my own. I received a free tour of the Design Home and a new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.
X1 Platform from Xfinity
We started off our Home Design tour with an introduction to the amazing new X1 Platform from Xfinity. The world’s first entertainment operating system, X1 moves TV to the cloud, creating an interactive experience that gives you instant access to more entertainment than ever before. X1 is available now to Double and Triple Play customers and doesn’t cost any more than the traditional video service
With X1, you’ll have the world’s largest collection of video at your fingertips. With the incredible search options now available, and the ability to access family photos, Pandora, Facebook, Xfinity Home, voicemail, and more, you can make your TV a one-stop-shop for family entertainment! And all of this comes to you in a sleek, highly visual design used across all the platforms to keep your learning curve low and your entertainment value high.
With the X1 DVR you can watch recordings from any room in the house and simultaneously record up to four shows while watching a fifth. You can also turn any mobile device into another TV by using the Xfinity TV app to watch your DVR recordings or live stream any channel in your subscription while in the home. Simply find your favorite spot in the house and use your phone or tablet to catch up on your favorite shows. Or, if you’re running out of the house and want to catch up on the go, download your DVR recordings and bring them with you.
As a parent of kids of multiple ages, I loved learning that Comcast is partnering with Commonsense Media to provide ratings and reviews for television shows and movies. In the works are user profiles allowing parents to tailor the ratings to particular children. For example if you have an older child who has lots of fears and anxieties, you can make sure they don’t see shows which could upset them by using the rating system.
Thanks to Xfinity, smart home technology comes into the average home allowing families like mine to control alarm systems, lighting, appliances, video cameras, and temperature simply using our computer, smartphone or tablet. Xfinity Home starts at just $30 per month. The service comes with a tablet-like touch screen with a color display that streams camera footage, controls the alarm, thermostat, lights, and other electronics, and also provides a menu of widgets with the latest weather, news, traffic, and sports scores.
Customize the experience in your home with the ability to create personalized settings (or rules) to receive e-mail or text messages when certain things happen — or when they don’t happen. If your child should have arrived home by 5 p.m., the system can be set to send an alert if the door doesn’t open between 4:45 and 5:15. This is a fantastic feature for parents of older kids and teenagers since we know teenagers can “forget” to call a parent to check in.
Design Home 2014
Now for the home tour! While the home appeared to be a slightly larger than normal home from the outside, I found lots of large open spaces and tons of tricks for maximizing storage and use of space, including stacked Mercedes in the garage. My husband loved the picture of his and her Mercedes I texted him!
Since I could devote an entire post to this amazing home, I’ll select just a few features that I loved and hope to incorporate in our next home for our family of 7. First of all, the Master Suite was amazing! Most of our first floor could fit into the square footage for the Master Suite. Imagine having his and hers walk-in closets and a coffee bar just off the bedroom section.
The equally large bathroom for the Master Suite featured this stand alone tub and on the other side of the wall a shower area big enough to hold 10 people comfortably. Let’s not forget the steam room tucked in the corner.
In my next home, I want a laundry room area this nice. On the same floor as the bedrooms. Seriously. I do 2 loads a day for our family of 7. I’d love to do those loads in a beautiful room like this one. A mom can dream, can’t she?
Let’s end our home tour by this beautiful stone pool in the backyard and enjoy a late autumn lunch.
If you want to feel safe, secure, and in control of your house, then Comcast’s Xfinity Home is waiting. Xfinity Home starts at just $30 per month. Visit www.xfinity.com/home or call 888-223-5723 for more information on pricing, equipment and additional features. Find out more about Comcast, and other technological upgrades, at Design Home 2014, and turn your home into a “smart home” today!