Canadian Home Packs in a Wealth of Stealth
How one home meets the needs for high-performance systems that never intrude on the decor.
Credit: Andrew Doran
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December 18, 2009 by Steven Castle

There are also dual high-speed partitioned ISP networks to enable two different service providers over the computer network, employing whichever is quickest.

Some of the biggest challenges were space limitations, such as having to develop compact solutions for a centralized equipment room, explains Clark. Nearly all the home’s systems, including source components for the home theater, were housed in two racks, some gear at the back of the deep racks. And numerous changes during the construction process, such as the homeowner’s decision not to have any audio/video components in the theater, meant reworking the wiring infrastructure back to the equipment room.

The control systems rely on 11 wired and wireless graphic user interfaces from Vantage Controls and Crestron for the operation of all systems, whether house-wide or in that room. Some rooms feature hand held remote control wands for operation of local audio/video, CCTV, and central A/V sources. Vantage wall keypads don’t just command the lighting, but control vent fans, exterior shutters, whole-house audio, fireplaces, and limited security features. Meanwhile, the hand held wands provide roaming shutter control and exterior audio, fireplace and landscape lighting control. Back in the equipment room, the Crestron system processors communicate between security, surveillance, entry access, spa and pool, HVAC and shutter systems.

The homeowner also wanted a unique “performance stage” in the home theater for child recitals, plays or games. The children are to grow up with a sense for performance, which is exactly what this 6,300-square-foot home achieves.

The homeowners recently added even more, tacking on 3,300 square feet with an underground garage and medieval-inspired “grotto,” and are planning an outdoor cinema on a knoll.

One can think of this home as a performance theater of many players, though few seize the spotlight. Click here to view additional photos and information.

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Steven Castle - Contributing Writer
Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates.

RSI Group at Commercial Electronics
Vancouver, B.C.

Living Environments
Vancouver, B.C.

Lighting: Vantage
Control System: Crestron
Whole-house Audio: Crestron, ADA, NAD
Speakers: BG, SpeakerCraft, Boston Acoustics, Waterworks Acoustics
Subwoofers: Boston Acoustics, Sonance
Movie Server: Kaleidescape
Racks: Middle Atlantic
TVs: Panasonic with VisionArt, Sharp
Telephone: Panasonic

Projector: Digital Projection
Display: Stewart Filmscreen
Speakers, subwoofers: Genelec
Amplifiers: Genelec
Processor: Lexicon

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