The clients’ plans for renovating their home included doubling their living space by adding a new wing and finishing the unimproved basement. For our part, the clients wanted everything to be very simple to use and invisible. Their dramatic layouts did not leave much space in their main rooms for A/V equipment, so they were extremely pleased to find out they could centralize their equipment and access their sources from multiple locations. Ultimately, they wanted simple, clean, out of sight. Their expectations included distributed audio & video, scene lighting, structured wiring, and security. A dedicated home theater was added during the construction phase.
Initially, the project scope was smaller and included distributed music with two video zones, but the system quickly expanded as the clients experienced the system first hand in our showroom and grew comfortable with our ability to enhance their project. Because we took a systematic approach to the design initially, we were able to add value to the project by removing and consolidating the impact of technology in the key visual spaces. In our design process we design and wire for our client’s wish list and install their “reality” list.
The system was designed to leverage the Control4 repeatable interface at each key area of the home, and integrates AV distribution with security and CCTV. The Kaleidescape module allows for easy browsing of the growing music collection with cover art inside the Control4 GUI, for areas that do not have video integration. The audio zones were condensed for simplicity, and the client has the capability of joining zones at any interface with local volume controls for easy adjustment. The integration with security allowed the client to de-clutter their walls by eliminating separate alarm keypads, and the CCTV integration as part of the video distribution gives them extra peace of mind.
As the system design evolved several times and grew to include 8 zones of HD video distribution, security and CCTV integration, Kaleidecape BluRay storage, and a dedicated Theater, we had the infrastructure in place to handle the expansion. The key to managing the evolution of the system was starting with a good design with headroom for expansion, and with informing the clients and documenting every change along the way.