When the President and CEO of a firm that designs and produces world renowned traveling museum and fine art exhibits builds a home, chances are it’s going to be extraordinary. This home in northeast Ohio did not disappoint. As someone whose career is in dealing with priceless artifacts and works of art, expectations were set high in the aesthetics department. But as someone who also had a fondness of music and cinema, having once been a musician in a nationally touring act, the technology and performance aspect of the home’s electronics systems were equally as important. This meant that performance should not be sacrificed at the behest of visual style however; the components must not take center stage.
In a home with six surround sound systems, including a dedicated theater, thirteen zones of distributed audio, twelve zones of distributed video and a full home automation system, this proved to be quite a challenge. Most of the home’s equipment, as well as the gear for the theater, reside in a mechanical area in two 44 space racks adjacent to the theater where audio and video sources can be distributed throughout. In each of the other five surround sound areas, local receivers and video sources had to be stowed away out of sight, yet easily accessible if they wanted to watch a Blu-Ray disc for instance. Each of the family members has their own satellite DVR that they can access from any of the home’s televisions. A 400 disc Blu-Ray/DVD changer stores the family’s disc-based movie collection while an Apple TV and Roku HD player afford endless streaming and downloadable content, all of which are also distributed house-wide.
Two iPod docks, one located in the Game Room for distribution throughout the home with the exception of the son’s suite, and one in the son’s suite for access there and in his bedroom only, along with the Apple TV, serve as the home’s music sources.
A Control4 home automation system, including three 7” Wi-Fi touch panels, 10 hand-held two-way communicating remotes and two 4” in-wall touch panels allows the inhabitants to easily manage their music and movie collections as well as operate the independent rooms. The Control4 system also monitors and controls the garage doors and integrates the security system so that arming or disarming can be done through any touch panel or on-screen interface and provides the family the ability to manage all the home’s lights, allowing lighting scenes to be created or adjusted “on the fly” using a Wi-Fi touch panel without any complex programming. In fact, the homeowner purchased the Control4 Composer Home Edition software that gives him the flexibility to configure his own favorite channel lists or even program nearly any custom automation feature himself.
An understated Arabian influence is carried throughout the lower level’s Gameroom, Bar and Theater. The arched and elegantly draped Theater entry is straight from the Sahara, welcoming guests into the handsomely appointed space that features a 123” diagonal Stewart Filmscreen and a discreetly concealed Digital Projection iVision 30 1080p-XL Projector. The theater offers motorized seating for eight and boasts a 7.2 Triad Surround Sound System. Beaded sconces, down lights and ceiling accents, along with the room’s AV are controlled via a Control4 C4-TSM7-G-B wireless touch panel. The homeowner oversaw every stage of the theater’s design and installation, right down to the custom candy cabinet.
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Project Manager: Jason Spence, Audio Video Interiors Senior Residential System Designer
Builder: Palmieri Builders
Interior Design: Libby Palmieri
Photography: Howard Tucker, Mort Tucker Photography