Building a custom home in Sonoma or Napa can be an exciting and rewarding experience. With the freedom to design and create a home that perfectly suits your needs and preferences, you can truly make your dream home a reality. But with so many options and possibilities, it can be challenging to know where to start. Here are the top 5 features that can make your custom home truly unique and special.

Invisible Indoor Speakers

One of the top features to consider when building a custom home in Sonoma or Napa is invisible indoor speakers. These speakers are designed to blend seamlessly into your home’s decor, providing high-quality sound without taking up valuable space or detracting from your home’s aesthetic. With invisible speakers, you can enjoy your favorite music or movies without sacrificing style or functionality. Plus, they can be installed in any room of your home, from the living room to the bedroom to the bathroom, for a truly immersive audio experience. Your guests will be amazed as they hear the music, but can’t see the speakers..

Outdoor Living Spaces and ADU

When it comes to designing the outdoor spaces of your custom home in Sonoma or Napa, incorporating audio, video and network systems can add to the entertainment value and functionality of the area. One great option is to add discreet, almost invisible speakers that can stream audio to the patio, BBQ area, and pool areas. This allows you to enjoy music without bulky speakers taking up valuable space. Consider adding an all-weather TV to the patio or BBQ area for entertainment while cooking or dining outdoors.

Another important consideration is adding Wi-Fi coverage to the backyard, enabling control of the smart home system, audio, video, and pool controls from your smartphone or tablet. This allows you to easily adjust settings and preferences from anywhere in your outdoor space. If these outdoor areas are detached from the main home, adding network audio, video and lighting control to these areas might be a little difficult, but for pro like digital living, this is all just second nature,

If you’re considering adding an ADU as a separate structure, it’s beneficial to incorporate audio, video, Wi-Fi, lighting control, environmental control, access control, and HVAC control. This provides a secure, comfortable and enjoyable living experience for guests or family members while maintaining the same level of technology and functionality as the main house.

Another advanced feature when designing the outdoor spaces of your custom home in Sonoma or Napa, is to incorporate landscape lighting. Outdoor landscape lighting can add to the beauty and safety of your outdoor area and take it to the next level. Consider adding landscaping lighting that is easily controllable with your smart home system, which allows you to turn on and off the lights, adjust brightness levels, and set schedules with the touch of a button on your smartphone or tablet.

Video Gate Doorbell

Another feature to consider when building a custom home in Sonoma or Napa is a video gate doorbell, or, as we like to call them, video gate stations. Video gate stations allow you to see who is at your gate, talk to them and grant them access without giving them an key code. This is a huge benefit and adds a very important layer of security, especially for properties that are vast and that may have a gate that is half a mile away. With the ability to connect to your smartphone or other devices, you can monitor your front gate from anywhere, giving you peace of mind when you’re away from home. Plus, it’s a convenient way to receive packages or let guests in without having to physically go to the door.

Most gate companies nowadays want to try to incorporate a video gate station, however, they lack the networking experience that is needed to maintain or actually connect these up in proper ways. If your gate station is not installed by an experienced networking professional, you risk inoperability and other frustrating technical events with access control.

Smart Home Technology

In today’s world, technology is advancing at a rapid pace and incorporating smart home technology into your custom home can make your life easier and more convenient. From voice-activated assistants to smart lighting control systems, video gate stations, and smart thermostats that learn your preferences and adjust accordingly, there are endless possibilities for integrating technology into your home. Consider adding features like smart lighting, automated window shades, and a home security system that can be controlled from your smartphone for added convenience and peace of mind.

Energy Efficiency and Environmental Control

Another important feature to consider when building your custom home in Sonoma or Napa is monitored air quality environments. Good air quality is crucial to maintaining a healthy and comfortable living environment, especially for those who suffer from allergies or respiratory issues.

One way to improve air quality is by incorporating controllable air quality appliances into your home’s smart home system. These appliances not only remove dust, allergens, and other pollutants from the air, improving overall air quality, they allow you to monitor the quality of the air environment. Additionally, adding air quality monitoring systems that include CO2 and carbon monoxide monitoring can alert you to potential air quality issues and allow you to take action before they become a problem.

By incorporating air quality filters and monitoring into your custom home’s design, you can enjoy a healthier and more comfortable living environment. It’s important to work with a professional to ensure proper installation and maintenance of these systems.

Bonus Feature

Another exciting feature to consider when building your custom home in Sonoma or Napa is the use of mirrored TVs. These innovative devices look like a standard mirror when turned off but transform into a high-quality TV screen when turned on. Mirrored TVs are a great addition to the living room, providing entertainment without taking away from the room’s aesthetic appeal. They’re also an excellent choice for the bathroom, allowing you to catch up on the news or your favorite show while getting ready in the morning. Digital Living can help you incorporate mirrored TVs into your home’s design, creating a stylish and functional space that suits your needs and preferences. Contact us today to learn more.


If you’re interested in incorporating any of these features into your custom home in Sonoma or Napa, don’t hesitate to contact Digital Living. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Digital Living has earned the Best of Houzz, Top Integrator award eight times and has over 255 five-star reviews. Their team of professionals can help you design and install custom audio and video systems, smart home technology, Wi-Fi coverage, landscape lighting, air quality filters and monitoring, and more. They have successfully completed thousands of projects and have many satisfied clients in the Sonoma and Napa area. Contact Digital Living today to start creating the home of your dreams.

Share this Post

Contact Us

Phone: (877) 415-4158

Recent Posts

Scroll to Top