Although the owners love interacting with the systems in their house, they intentionally kept touchscreens, keypads and wall switches to a minimum so that nothing detracted from their extensive art collection and the home’s modern decor. Only one tiny keypad or touchscreen adorns the wall of each room so that the family can pick audio and video for that area and operate its lights and motorized shades.
To control anything in the house, the owners rely on wireless touchscreens, which can be placed inside drawers or cabinets when they’re not being used. TVs are stowed inside cabinetry, and audio and video components are hidden inside a special equipment room in the basement.
As tricked out as this house is, Maxsystems is preparing for phase two of the project. In a few months they’ll be back to transform a detached garage into a dedicated theater. Will a similar tell-all control system be designed for the operation of the theater gear? “You betcha,” says Angst
When Art & Technology Collide
The owners of this remodeled home rely on a variety of electronic systems to showcase and protect their extensive collection of artwork.
Motorized window shades can be lowered at the touch of a button to protect paintings from sunlight.
Lights have been preprogrammed to come on at certain intensity levels to accent particular pieces of art.
Security sensors and surveillance cameras watch over the gallery.
Stealth in-ceiling speakers and LED lighting reduce visual distractions.
Whole-house music creates a relaxing atmosphere conducive to admiring art.