We began working on the home March of 2008 on design of the A/V system and theater. The client had a few special requests that we needed to design around: as much of the equipment as possible would be hidden and they also wanted to have access to the sources in the home from any TV.
Key features of the home include: 30 zones of house audio, 5 surround sound areas (including theater), 11 zones of video distribution, Pool control, Fireplace control, Window roller shade control, Gate control (with unique ring tone in the home and pop up surveillance on panels and TVs), An 8 camera surveillance system with remote access and NVR, Security system with E-mail, text alerts and remote arm/disarm, Doorbell integration , Water feature control (which covers the pool overflow, spa overflow, and two fountains), integrated were the heater and mister control for the outdoor living room.
Some of the unique designs in the home include the lattice work ceiling which creates a floating effect. The TVs were mounted in cabinets in such a way as to mimic this floating effect. We are also able to use the sensors from the security system to activate lighting scenes and occupancy logic, eliminating the need for redundant sensors.
The homeowner tends to work from home when he stays at this residence, we helped configure and set up the home networking system so he can log in to his office as if he’s sitting at the company headquarters. The home utilizes a Cisco IP phone system that has also been integrated to control the entry gate.
From the time that the owners arrive home, to the time that they leave, and after, everything is controlled from a simple touch of a button. Scenes such as “party”, control everything from the shade setting, music in the rooms, lighting control, and even the preparation of the waterfalls and pool. The theater further consolidates the system as a whole, as sources may be shared between this dedicated high-end room, and the rest of the home. Having the ability to watch a movie in the theater, pause, and then simply switch to another room and continue, shows the true flexibility that is capable from a properly integrated residence. Designed to be easy to use, have control of everything, with minimal product visibility, this home has achieved all of the homeowners expectations, and beyond. One of the largest Control4 systems, and probably the most complicated ever installed, we showcased the limitless abilities that a home automation system can have, without an exorbitant budget.