The Nest Has Arrived

the nest has arrived

Looking down at my phone that’s what the text said.

Sitting at my desk at work I look perplexed at my phone.  “What the hell does that mean?” I mouthed to my self in the fabric cube that is my daily 8-5 existence.

Then it hit me.  Oooooo.

The Nest has arrived.

It actually exists.  About a month or two earlier I had handed over my credit card digits to Best Buy, basically on a whim, on the off-chance such an animal actually existed.  It had been the subject of much speculation, and very little research, over the subsequent weeks.  I was turned onto “Nest” by a co-worker.  It was interesting enough that at least myself and different co-worker were snookered into pre-ordering one.  Demand (beyond just the two of us) was so high that the objects of our desire weren’t slated to be available again until after the new year began.  So it came as a surprise to receive that text during the week between Christmas and New Years.

What’s a “Nest” you say? It’s either the coolest piece of technology that we’re installing in the new house or it’s the world’s most overpriced thermostat.  Depends on your perspective I guess.  I’m voting the former and hoping it’s not the latter.  The Nest is a “learning thermostat” that programs itself.  It cost in the ballpark of $250.  I don’t have the history of the product readily at hand but check out the Nest website ( for more detailed information and history.  As I understand it, Nest was designed by a bunch of really smart people (obviously) with an Apple-like appreciation for good design and products that make the world around you and I a better place.  The Nest’s drool worthy design and interface rival that of anything coming out of Cupertino these days.  The packaging and opening experience is as orgasmic as opening an iPhone, but with more hardware involved.  I haven’t even plugged the thing in yet and I’m in love.  Christine asked if I was going to sleep with my Nest last night.  I say why wait until night-time?

The first thing you see on the Nest package is a printed sleeve containing all the pertinent information for the consumer to make a wise selection including cool logo, jaw dropping image, and all the technical mumbo jumbo. Removing the sleeve reveals the slip cover kraft lid which is easily lifted up.  Behold, the Nest appears in all it’s glory.  It’s shape is evocative of classic round dial thermostats; a nice nod to the past. 

Nest in its nest.

Lifting out the Nest from its light ivory molded fiber nest reveals a couple brochures; one welcoming our objet de désir to its new home, the other an installation guide.  Setting the guides aside brings the next layer front and center.  On this layer one can see something that looks baby’s nasal extractor, a round wire connection module and some screws.  Upon closer inspection the nasal extractor thing is in reality the world’s coolest screwdriver.  I shit you not, they actually included a screwdriver to install Nest into our home.  Pop off the cap to reveal three Philips head bits and one flat head bit.  Over the top cool that they include a screwdriver.  If everything was designed and services with this amount of consideration I swear to god this world would be a thousand times all the better for it.  After battling the status quo of home construction for 6 months, our little Nest appears to be a tiny shining light in an otherwise dismal (at times) experience.
Yes, I am the most materialistic person you will meet in your short lifetime. 

Screwdriver is the little aspirator looking thing on the left.

Underneath the ivory colored accessory tray is the final layer of wonderment in the small Nest package.  Included are several plastic mounting plates, a metal mount, and screws, in case you are retrofitting Nest over an electrical box or the space occupied previously by a large rectangular old school thermostat. 

Nest mounting plates included.

The packaging touts how easy Nest is to install by the average person in less than 20 minutes.  I’ll hold onto the packaging untill the HVAC contractor is ready for it; I’ll let him lend his expertise for install.  Once installed Nest should learn within the first week or two how we like to heat the house (hours, temperatures, etc.) and modulate everything.  Eventually my lazy ass shouldn’t have to do anything.  Money well spent. Especially when one considers that when we built our current house the general contractor nicked us for $125 just to put a digital thermostat in; not even a programmable one.  I swear a vast majority of home builders either don’t know what they’re doing or don’t care.  Unfortunately consumers either don’t know or don’t care so they play along; or worse you’re almost forced to play along because we’ve made house building such a complicated and difficult endeavor.
Nest will be able to talk to our iPhone and iPad so I can track usage and change the temperature in the house.  The packaging is 100% recyclable.  The unit itself is Mercury-free, RoHS compliant.  It has built-in sensors for temperature, humidity, ambient light, near-field activity and far-field activity (whatever that means).
 In other “news” I’ll go out tomorrow and pick up the stone hopefully for the fireplace.  We selected a Cultured Stone with a brownish grey finish.  We’re hoping it’ll look good inside the house.  Only time will tell if we chose wisely.  The switchbacks in my fireplace design will prove challenging but between my brother and me we’ll have the situation under control when we go to install the stone work.

Example of the style of stone that's going on the fireplace.

Christine and I have also made some progress on ordering lighting fixtures.  We’re at the point where we’re going with what we like and trying to do the best we can on price.  More thrifty readers will be mortified but what we like is what we like.  We’re just burning up too much time and energy hemming and hawwing over lights.  Time to pick something and move on.

Bed side 1900's Pharmacy style sconces for Master Bedroom. $99 apiece on clearance from Restoration Hardware.

The only lights left to select are the track lights and a handful of ceiling fans.  The track lights will hopefully be simple white units that “disappear” i.e. not a focal point.  Ceiling fan wise we’re all over the place.  We’re trying to save some money but of course anything worth putting in a house is $400.  Another challenge is the boys’ rooms which necessitate a “hugger” style ceiling fan.  Christine’s not into decapitating the boys via ceiling fan.  I think we’ll be fine as the ceilings are nine feet in height.  The hugger style fan doesn’t have a down rod like a regular ceiling fan which keeps it closer to the ceiling, and away from craniums.
With the cold weather upon us, the screen porch and its light fixtures can wait until Spring.  We’ll cap off the attic ceiling fan as well and out fit that when the weather gets warmer.  What we can work on is the tile for the floor and showers. This work will get underway next week.  Christine and I still have to pick out tile for the Master Bathroom shower. Ugh, never-ending decisions.
Alright, I’m taking my Nest out to dinner tonight so I have to shower and shave.  Check back in the coming days to see how we’re progressing.  Should have drywall fin pictures soon.

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