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Florida Island House Runs on Sophisticated Crestron System
What started out as a basic remodel turns into a full-blown automation project.
May 01, 2012 by Lisa Montgomery

Sometimes things don’t go as planned. This 5,500-square foot home in Bay Harbor Islands, Fla., was never expected to have a sophisticated Crestron home automation system. In fact, its owners initially only wanted a simple entertainment system for the family room. But plans changed dramatically when the owners decided to completely rebuild the existing structure. With the walls completely exposed, it was a good time to run cabling for a bells-and-whistles control system, so that’s what they did.

The custom electronics (CE) professionals from iHome Solutions, Miami, were kept on their toes throughout the entire two-and-a-half year project, especially when it came to connecting the home’s lighting to the Crestron system. “Just when we thought we had our lighting design finalized, the homeowners would add another chandelier,” says iHome’s Enrique Campuzano. “In some cases, the new fixtures exceeded the maximum wattage on the original design, which meant we had to run new cabling and add new modules to the lighting system.”

The design of the entertainment gear didn’t go quite as expected either. In most homes, says Campuzano, customers like having all the entertainment gear located in one single rack, and they had prewired this house thinking that its owners would want the same. No so. Instead, they preferred to outfit each TV with its own set of components. iHome adjusted, and worked with the architect to design cabinetry to hide the equipment.

Fortunately, the security portion of the control system stayed on course. Images from eight IC Realtime surveillance cameras can be viewed on TVs, Crestron touchpanels, iPhones and iPads. A DVR records the camera images, which can only be accessed from the owner’s Mac computer. The lighting was integrated into the security settings to help the vacation house appear occupied when its owners aren’t there.

Check out the slideshow for more images of the tech inside this Bay Harbor Islands home.


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Lisa Montgomery - Contributing Writer
Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.

Equipment Used

Control:
Crestron PRO2 Control System

Interfaces:
Crestron TPMC-8L Touchpanels (3), URC MX-980 handheld remote, iPads (2), iPhone and Mac

Lighting:
Crestron modules (22) and keypads (44)

Shading:
Somfy motorized drapes and Roman shades

Security
DSC alarm system, IC Realtime surveillance cameras (8)

Communication:
NEC phone/intercom system, Cisco/Pakadge enterprise-grade network

Pool Control:
Jandy

Entertainment (Family Room):
Panasonic 65-inch VT30 3D plasma TV
Panasonic BDT310 Bur-ray Disc player
Apple TV
High-def cable box
Integra DTR-80.3 A/V receiver
Artison Masterpiece LCR speakers (2)
Artison RCC600 in-wall subwoofers (2)
Artison LRS in-wall SUR speakers (4)
URC MX-980 handheld remote
Panamax M4300PM surge protector
Pakedge 8-port switch

Entertainment (Master Suite):
Panasonic 55-inch 3D plasma TV
Chief motorized TV mount
Panasonic BDT310 Blu-ray Disc player
High-def cable box
Apple TV
Integra DTR-50.3 A/V receiver
Artison Portrait LCR speakers (2)
Sonance VP65 SUR in-wall speakers (2)
Velodyne SC-600 in-wall subwoofer
URC MX-980 handheld remote
Panamax M4300PM surge protector
Pakadge 8-port switch

Entertainment (Kitchen and Guest Bedrooms):
Samsung 46-inch 3D LED flat-panel TV
Samsung BD-D5500 Blu-ray Disc player
High-def cable box
Apple TV
Integra DTR-30.3 A/V receiver
Sonance VP-65 in-ceiling speakers (2)
Velodyne wireless subwoofer
URC MX-980 handheld remote
Pakedge switch


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