My First TecHome: From Automation Failures to iPads as Standard

  Homebuyers get an iPad Mini with every purchase. “They get it right when they sign the contract,” says Chad Williams, COO of Pepper Viner. “It manages their paperwork for them. Then, as soon as they move in, we program it to manage the home.” The company takes its standard offerings to another level by creating customized tech packages on top of what is already included. Immediately after a home is framed, homeowners meet directly with integrators to discuss options. “They meet with the integrator on site, and he gets to learn a little bit about what their lifestyle is, what their interests are, and he can cater a package for them individually,” says Williams. Through standards and packages, Pepper Viner has certainly evolved since its very first TecHome. It has moved from Honeywell to Nest, Clare Controls to RTI Automation and features a standard “Healthy Home System” that tailors to specific HVAC and IAQ requirements. TecHome E-magazine

Homes replace former school site on Tucson’s east side

Homes are on the rise at the site of the former Wrightstown Elementary School, on Wrightstown Road and Avenida Ricardo Small. Developed by local builder Pepper Viner Homes, The Schoolyard community will have 56 single and two-story homes and a pocket park. The homes will be 1,400 to 2,100 square feet, with six floor plans in three- and four-bedroom models. Prices start at about $229,900. Last year, the Tucson City Council last year rezoned the east-side property for residential use. Tucson Unified School District closed Wrightstown Elementary in 2010. Arizona Daily Star