House tour: Victorian design meets cutting edge technology
Their old-but-new house
“We’ve been here a year-and-a-half, and moved in at Christmas,” says Lucia. Instead of gutting the house in one shot, they’re gradually improving it. “We’ve been slowly renovating things,” she says of the tall, narrow Victorian home common to Toronto. “There are high ceilings. Lots of history and character,” she says.
“The Nest was the first thing we got, and that was the start of the slippery slope,” Lucia says. “We’d rented a house that had a Nest,” which turned them on to the idea. “We got the Nest [thermostat], and the Nest smoke alarm and carbon monoxide monitor. If you’re cooking, it will talk to you. It sends you texts!” Lucia also loves the Nest thermostat. The great thing about having a smart thermostat is when is you go on holiday, you can use your iPhone to put the heat up so your house will warm by the time you get home, she says. “It’s nice in a tall house,” she says. “Our bedroom is the top floor, in the middle of the night, you can roll over and change the temperature from your phone.” The Nest also senses when you’re awake and when you’re sleeping, and adjusts the temperatures accordingly.
Philips Hue light bulbs
Jeffrey and Lucia use also Philips Hue wireless light bulbs and lighting strips. “There are light strips, we put them above the closet or shelves and you can make them any colour,” she says. The couple has an outdoor light that’s also on the Hue system. “We can change the colour of it, it’s on a timer, and it knows to go on and off. We made it red for Canada Day, and green for St. Paddy’s Day,” she says. They control the Hue bulbs through their iPhones, and can dim them too.