If you’re seeking out ways to hide the TVs in your home, check out this Illinois residence. One of the homeowners’ main requests was to have the displays out of the way, hidden or just plain not cluttering up the decor—Naperville-based Architectural Audio and Video accomplished that in a number of ways.
“The homeowners of this project wanted performance and functionality without sacrificing aesthetics. Since we were involved with this project from the beginning we were able to conceal the TVs by locating them behind custom artwork, covering them with picture frames, or hanging them on the wall,” says AAV’s Matt Koppin.
That includes a plasma that hides behind a Vutec ArtScreen in the family room (pictured), another display that pops up from a motorized lift in the study and other wall-mounted displays that take up little real estate with their mounted placement above fireplaces. (Click here to view additional photos of the home.)
Of course, AAV was hired to do more than just conceal TVs. The installation team incorporated whole-home controls from Control4 to operate lighting control, A/V, security and more, with everything wired back to a centralized equipment location.
“It was also important that the integrated system was very easy to use, offered future expandability, remote accessibility to the system, reliability (a previous system was not reliable), and all completed on a reasonable budget,” adds Koppin. “I explained to the homeowners that it’s now possible to design and install virtually invisible systems that offer a simplistic approach, while giving the performance one expects from a custom designed system. The remote controls were programmed through the Control4 system to operate the entire system in a single touch, while lighting keypads were custom programmed to activate lighting and audio/video scenes to accommodate the homeowners’ specific needs.”
Aside from the design-friendly TV solutions, AAV also had the many unobtrusive Niles Audio architectural loudspeakers painted to match the rooms’ decor and further blend in.
The homeowners liked the results so much that based on their recommendation, their neighbors hired AAV as well, and the builder, Charleston Development Group, wound up using them to outfit the subdivision. We don’t know if the rest of the neighborhood stacks up to this home, but we’re sure there were plenty of hidden TVs, blended-in speakers and whole home controls to go around.
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