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.
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
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
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 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