As part of our coverage for this special home-themed edition of TWICE, we turned to the best-of-breed custom integrators of the ProSource buying group and said, “Show us your stuff!” That they did, as the following pages show, with examples of recent home installations that raise the category to a fine craft, if not architectural art. Eat your heart out, DIY!
Challenge: Install an easy-to-use, all-in-one interface for whole-house automation and unobtrusive high-end audio throughout a 14,000-square-foot home in Castle Pines, Colo.
Solution: Each family member was given a unique but intuitive iPad interface and user code to control lighting, climate, doors, locks, intercoms, audio system and parent controls from their tablet.
Project cost: $604,000
Location: Lake Mary, Fla.
Challenge: Expand and upgrade existing home theater room and incorporate Dobly Atmos audio for homeowner in Bella Foresta, Fla.
Solution: Crowne designed the new room on a CAD system; installed Acoustiblok soundproofing material within the walls during framing and outside prior to drywall; and ran Tributaries Series 8 cable to all speakers.
Project cost: undisclosed
Top: Crown equipped the new home theater with B&W’s 802, HTM2 and CCM8.5 floor-standing, center and in-ceiling speakers. They’re powered by a pair of McIntosh MC152 stereo amps and a 300W MC303 three-channel amp, and are fed from an Oppo Blu-ray player.
Left: Detail of the home theater’s entranceway doors
Challenge: Extend existing whole-home system to freestanding pool house at Boulder County, Colo., residence.
Solution: ListenUp’s Denver crew created a pool-house setup that’s connected to the main Control4 system and features a swivel-mounted Samsung 75-inch 4K Ultra HD TV; a Marantz AV7701 processor; Rotel amplifier; PlayStation console; and McIntosh XR50 and LCR80 speakers.
Project cost: $23,000
ListenUp extended the client’s Control4-based home automation system and home network out to a freestanding pool house. Residents (and lucky guests) can access cable and satellite video, Apple TV, Sonos streaming music, and even the pool’s heating and filtration controls outdoors via iPads and iPhones.
Admit One Home Systems
Challenge: Add A/V technology to the lower level of an Eagan, Minn., residence, including a kitchen/ bar dining area and TV/entertainment space, while maintaining the home’s “clean and cozy” aesthetics.
Solution: Admit One worked closely with a design firm to ensure that the architectural detail accommodated equipment placement and dimensions. All tower equipment, additional speakers and other tech were well hidden or minimized to avoid cluttering the home’s clean design lines.
Project cost: $15,000
Top: The family’s lower-level home remodel included a kitchen/bar dining area.
Bottom: Admit One’s client requested high-performing A/V that was easy to operate but neatly tucked away and out of sight.