Beachfront Living Made Even Easier
Life at this California vacation home is truly a breeze thanks to intelligent controls over home automation and all the A/V.
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February 15, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger

Ain’t life a beach? It definitely is for the family members who come and go at this southern California beachfront vacation home, which includes all-encompassing A/V and automation amenities to make life easy.

“The homeowners made it very clear from the beginning that they wanted absolute total automation as well as a complete audio-video entertainment experience throughout the house with a very modern look, minimal equipment exposure and easy-to-use controls,” says Dave Munkres of Oxnard, Calif.-based Elite Entertainment Systems, which outfitted the home’s high tech. “This was to be a vacation home available to many family members, so maintaining a very minimal footprint in the overall decor of the home, and making it an enjoyable experience for all who used the home was the goal.”

Elite worked with Sandefer Construction and the homeowners early in the design process to include the chase-ways and extra cabinet space and extended walls during construction that allowed for all of the future tech. The results managed to integrate every facet of what the homeowners sought.

The home offers a keyless access, security and fully integrated automation system with two color touchscreens all from control manufacturer HAI, says Munkres. Perimeter CCTV cameras from Leviton are fed into an HAI network DVR and are also viewable on TVs throughout the home.

UPB lighting control from Pulseworx is used throughout the home, and complemented by automated motorized shades from Somfy that allow for Pacific vistas or privacy, whichever is called for at the touch of a button.

A NuVo Grand Concerto distributed music system provides six sources of audio in every room, including two zones of surround sound, in the Great Room and Media Room. Both spaces also feature Denon audio and video equipment, a Sharp 52” and 65” Aquos LCD TV, respectively, and speakers from Bay Audio. Two URC MX-980’s provide control of the systems as well as the lighting and shades.

“All A/V equipment is tucked away on two Middle Atlantic pull-out racks in a discrete cabinet,” says Munkres. “Video is sent to both main LCD displays via Cat5e HDMI extenders. Both TVs have custom built LCR bars from Bay Audio that minimize appearance in the rooms without compromising sound.”

The Game Room’s 46” Sharp LCD floats in the corner on a Sanus articulating mount and utilizes the NuVo system’s ceiling speakers. Each bedroom features its own Sharp LCD TV, a NuVo keypad, a pair of Bay Audio in-ceiling speakers and a wall port for local iPod connection, as well as a local shade control keypad. After all, the good views abound.

The master suite has an HAI touchscreen for total home control, and a TV lift at the foot of the bed hides a 37” Sharp LCD controlled by a Universal Remote Control MX-880 remote, which also controls the lights and shades. The master bath has a 32” Sharp LCD mounted above the tub surrounded by a full wall mirror that was custom cut prior to mounting, giving the TV a floating appearance.

All of these subsystems are tied together via HAI’s OmniPro II, which is fully controllable from the touchscreens as well as from remote PC access via HAI’s Snaplink interface. Along with the HAI security controls in the home, a Panasonic phone system adds intercom and door phone features.

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Installer, Equipment List

Systems Design and Installation
Elite Entertainment Systems
Oxnard, Calif.

Sandefer Construction

Interior Designer
Daniel’s Design House

Bay Audio

Jensen Wood Products

1250ft Elite Cat 5e/RG-6U-Q Structured Wire Bundle
1200ft Elite 16/4 + Cat5e Bundled Cable
1800ft Elite Cat 5e 350 Mhz Cable
350ft Elite RG6 Quad Shield Solid Copper Cable
200ft Elite RG59 Coax Cable
850ft Elite 16/4 High Strand Speaker Cable
650ft Elite 14/2 High Strand Speaker Cable

1 HAI Omni Pro ll HA20A008
2 HAI OmniTouch 5.7 Color Touchscreen HA53A001
3 HAI Omnistat2 Thermostat HARC2000WH
1 HAI UPB PIM and Cable HA36A001
1 HAI Omni Series Backlit Console HA33A001
1 HAI E.R. Outdoor Temp/Humd. Sensor HA31A008
2 HAI UPB 16 Zone Expansion Module HA10A06
1 HAI Access Control Keypad HA54A001
1 HAI Network Digital Video Recorder HA68A001

6 Rokonet Comet PIR Motion Sensor RK21OPT

1 ELK Lead Acid Battery 12VDC/8A ELK1280
1 ELK AC Transformer with Ground ELKTRG2440

1 HES Door Strike Face Plate HES A-2
1 HES 1006 Series Electric Strike HES-1006

1 Panasonic Adv. Hybrid Phone System KX-TA824PK
1 Panasonic Hybrid System Phone-White KX-T7731
3 Panasonic 2.4GHz Wireless Phone KX-TD7896

1 Channel Vision 50” Panel Enclosure C-0150E
1 Channel Vision 50” Plexiglas Cover C-0150D
1 Channel Vision Fan Kit For Door C-1322
1 Channel Vision 19” Enclosure C-0119E
1 Channel Vision 19” Enclosure Lid C-0119C
1 Channel Vision KSU Phone Module C-0434
1 Channel Vision 15 Port Ph.Expansion C-0439
1 Channel Vision Telco to RJ-11 Cable C-0498
3 Channel Vision Network-Hub Module C-0508

1 CalRad 1x8 Composite Video Dist Amp 40-838-BNC
2 CalRad HDMI Extenders-Cat5e/Cat6 x2 40-1072

1 Linksys Wireless-N Gigabit Router WRT310N
1 Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router WRT54G2
1 D-Link 24-Port Gigabit Switch DGS-1024D

1 Z-Boost Pro-Series Cell Ph. Booster YX610-PCS/CEL

4 Gefen RS232 Extender EXT-RS232

1 Leviton Four Camera Hub LVVSHUB
4 Leviton Outdoor High Res Camera LVVSOUTW
2 Leviton Decora Insert (2) QP (Almond)
22 Leviton Decora Insert (4) QP (Almond)
24 Leviton Quickport Phone Connector (Almond)
24 Leviton Quickport Cat5e Connector (Almond)
44 Leviton Quickport “F” Connector (Almond)

47 PulseWorx UPB Switch/Dimmer,600W PCWS1D6
1 PulseWorx Wall Switch/Dimmer, 1000W PCWS1D10
30 PulseWorx UPB Auxiliary Remote PCRWSS
2 PulseWorx 8-Button UPB Controller PCWMC8
2 PulseWorx UPB Electronic Low Voltage PCWS1E3
2 PulseWorx Passive Phase Coupler PCPPC-1

2 Simply Automated UPB Universal Base SAUS240
2 Simply Automated Dual Rocker, Short SAZS22

110 Lightolier Single Gang Screwless WP WCP-1
20 Ligholier Dual Gang Screwless WP WCP-2
7 Lightolier Three Gang Screwless WP WCP-3
5 Ligholier Four Gang Screwless WP WCP-4
1 Lightolier Five Gang Screwless WP WCP-5

1 Zinwell 16 port, 5LNB Multi-sw. WB616

1 Directv Slimline 5-LNB HD Dish AU9-S
7 Directv HD Receiver H21
2 Directv 500 GB HD DVR PRO Receiver HR21PRO

2 Middle Atlantic Rotating Rail Rack SRSR-4-18
5 Middle Atlantic Custom Rack Shelf RSH-xx
1 Middle Atlantic Component Fans 3 Pk CompCool3

1 ATM SYSTEM-2 Cooling Fans ATM 00-200-02

1 Nuvo Grand Concerto NVI8GMS
1 Nuvo Grand Concerto Expander NVI8GXS
1 Nuvo Dual XM Satellite Tuner NVT2DX
1 Nuvo M3 Server 160G NVM3
1 Nuvo iPod Wireless Dock NVWIPS1
5 Nuvo Local Source Amp NVLSA40

12 Bay Audio Speaker Rough-in Bracket BR68
11pr Bay Audio 8” Round Ceiling Spkr Model 585MP
1pr Bay Audio 800 Series Aluminum Spkr Model 885
1 Bay Audio 800 Series Dual Coil Spkr Model 886
1 Bay Audio In-Wall Subwoofer Model JM Sub
1 Bay Audio Rack Mount Sub Amplifier 150w PwrPck
1 Bay Audio Custom-Built LCR TV Bar LCR-3
1 Bay Audio High-performance LCR TV Bar TCX LCR3

1 Sunfire 8” Driver 1500W Amplifier True-Sub S.J.

1 Denon 7.1 CH Home Theater Receiver AVR 2808ci
1 Denon 7.1 CH Home Theater Receiver AVR 3808ci
2 Denon Blu-ray Player DVD-2500BTCI

2 Furman Sound Linear Filter Power Cond. ELITE 15DMi

1 TrippLite UPS Power Block TPAV550SC

1 URC Programmable RF Base Station MSC400
2 URC PC Programmable Remote MX-980
1 URC PC Programmable Remote MX-880

1 Sharp AQUOS 65” 1080p 120Hz HDTV LC-65SE94U
1 Sharp AQUOS 52” 1080p 120Hz HDTV LC-52SE94U
1 Sharp AQUOS 46” 1080p 120Hz HDTV LC-46SE94U
1 Sharp AQUOS 42” 1080p LCD HDTV LC-42D64U
4 Sharp AQUOS 37” 720p LCD HDTV LC-37D44U
1 Sharp AQUOS 32” 1080p LCD HDTV LC-32D64U

1 Sanus Systems Tilting Mount- Large VMPL-3
1 Sanus Systems Tilting Mount-Black VMPLB
1 Sanus Systems 26” Articulating Mount VMAA26
4 Sanus Systems Low Profile Mount VMPL250
1 Sanus Systems Tilting Mount-Small VM200

31 Custom Automated Blinds SMFY-BLNDS
20 Custom Headrails for Blinds SMFY-HRF

31 Somfy LT 30 Motor 12V RTS Control 1000637
7 Somfy Wall Mount RF Keypad 1810595
1 Somfy RTS Serial Interface 1810872
4 Somfy RTS Serial Repeater 1810791

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