| Designer Spotlight: Lombardi Construction

Based out of Manhattan Beach, Lombardi Construction specializes in creating beautiful, luxurious homes for the unique environment of Southern California’s beach cities. Building a beachfront home means year-round outdoor living and incredible natural vistas, but it also means working to ensure that projects are suited to coastal conditions.

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With twenty-four years’ worth of experience, founder and president Chris Lombardi combines the knowledge and skill set of a large builder with the attention and care of a small business. A carpenter by trade, he works with the client, architect, designer and contractor to create high-quality homes tailored to the individual’s lifestyle needs. We spoke to Chris to see why he chose Infratech Comfort Heaters to facilitate the outdoor lifestyle of this specially-designed beach city British Colonial Home.

What made you select Infratech heaters for this Southern California home?

We like the fact that they have a recessed (flush mount) application where the body of the heater is set into the building frame. We like electric heat over gas—always—in a residential application. Given these two criteria, Infratech, in my perception, is the standard. They’re the best solution. The real value for me is separate from product quality and performance, in that [company president] John is a neighbor and he treats me like a neighbor. I get the feeling that he’s very eager and interested that Infratech is the go-to choice for all the builders in the beach cities. He certainly made the effort to make that impression on me and I wouldn’t go anywhere else. That’s a huge value.

What is your favorite thing about the heaters?

They’re a fantastic combination of aesthetics and performance. Often when you build a customer’s house, you have to choose between one or the other. Infratech is great because they look beautiful and they work

What was your overall inspiration for the design of these spaces?

It’s client driven and it’s lifestyle driven. My clients are looking to make a statement. They’re very involved in the design of their homes and everybody’s got a reason for why a design means something for them, whether they’re pure modernists or very traditional.

The use of heat is all lifestyle driven. Our clients want to be outdoors. At the beach you don’t have yards. People want to be outside even when the ocean breeze is blowing, so we heat the decks.

How are your customers’ outdoor living lifestyles influencing your designs?

It’s vision driven. As people are designing, they’re actively projecting how they’re going to use every space. My clients are maximizers; that’s what we call them. They’re people who are not disposed to accept “good enough.” They’re people who constantly study and evaluate how they can get the most out of their homes and when I say “most” I mean the most beauty and the most enjoyment. A simple feature like an outdoor heater turns a simple deck into a living space.

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All Photos via Lombardi Construction.

| Eco Chic Eatery Cafe Habana Heats Up with Infratech

When restauranteur Sean Meenan teamed up with liquor producer and nightlife impresario Rande Gerber to bring his classic Nolita eatery Cafe Habana from the East Coast to the West, the duo decided to create a relaxed, beach-like atmosphere to complement the new restaurant’s Malibu location. Cafe Habana Malibu’s interior design nods to the dark, wood-paneled gentlemen’s clubs of the past, classic Cuban architecture, and California flora and fauna. To take advantage of the seaside city’s comfortable weather and ocean breezes, the cafe features a sunny patio sheltered by a wooden pergola, complete with a bold mural by graphic designer and street artist Shepard Fairey.

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Once the sun sets, however, those ocean breezes can get a bit chilly. With Meenan’s focus on eco-friendly practices, it made sense for the design team to choose energy-efficient Infratech heaters to keep the patio cozy. Our wall-mounted black W-series heaters provide evenly-distributed heat that doesn’t “blow away” or produce a harsh glare. With their subtle design, they also blend seamlessly into the distinctive, classic design of this gorgeous outdoor dining space.

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Images via Cafe Habana Malibu.

| Designer Spotlight: Urban Landscape

For nearly thirty years, Southern California-based Urban Landscape has specialized in high end residential landscape design and construction, with expertise in outdoor kitchens, outdoor living areas, custom pools, custom water features and living walls. Many employees have been with the firm for over twenty years, guaranteeing that this tightly-knit team maintains a high level of expertise and experience in crafting beautiful and livable outdoor spaces.

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| CES Unveils Innovations in Smart Home Technology

The best smart home innovations promise not only to make users’ lives easier, but to make their homes greener. At Infratech, our commitment to energy efficiency and eco-friendly heating led us to promote smart home integration early on. While this technology continues to evolve, a wide variety of companies are working to create homes that are better connected, where communication between devices occurs wirelessly, all controlled by the homeowner’s smart phone or tablet.

This week, a host of new innovations in smart home technology were unveiled when International CES, one of the world’s biggest consumer electronics shows, took over the Las Vegas Convention Center. Dozens of exhibitors at the forefront of the emerging smart home tech industry introduced new home automation products that give a fascinating glimpse into the very near future. Here’s a look at some of the most exciting smart products at CES.elgato_eve

| Meet Our New Director of Sales, David Arnold

Last month Infratech welcomed a new Director of Sales, David Arnold, to our headquarters in Southern California. Over the past year we have worked side-by-side with David on a consulting basis to implement customer surveys, create instructional materials, formulate strategies for training our customer segments and to refine our company values and train our staff accordingly.

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