Hidden Bedroom TV Buried 10’ Below
Unique solution allows for uninterrupted views when TV is off; Bay Audio surround-sound system pipes in when TV lifts into place.
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Credit: Andrew Trask
May 13, 2013 by Lisa Montgomery

Blessed with wonderful lakefront views and stunning architecture, the master bedroom of this high-end Florida home had all the makings of a relaxing respite—not a high-performance media room. Still, the owners were convinced that this space could be redesigned to accommodate a big-screen TV and a surround-sound system, without interfering with the view or the clean, uncluttered aesthetic. But with curved walls covered in glass and flanked with pockets for hiding motorized drapery tracks, mounting a TV to the wall was out of the question, says Jeff Galea, CEO and president of Boca Theater & Automation, Boca Raton, Fla. The custom electronics (CE) pros at Boca also considered installing a mechanism that could slide the TV out from underneath the bed, but again, lack of space (due to electronic mattresses) prevented it.

The best solution, says Galea, was to bury the display 10 feet into the ground and assemble it on an electronic lift. Able to respond to commands from a portable AMX touchpanel—the same one the owners use to monitor and manage the lights, thermostats, and other gear throughout their 10,000-square-foot house—the lift would raise the 60-inch Sony TV into perfect viewing position.

System Design & Installation
Boca Theater & Automation, Boca Raton, Fla.
www.bocatheater.com
Builder
River Birch Homes, Palm Beach County, Fla.
www.riverbirchconstruction.com
Interior Design
Stanlee Friedman Interior Design
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Although a seemingly simple solution, it was one that would involve some serious excavation and engineering. After ripping up the concrete floor and foundation, crews dug into the earth to create a cavity for a specially constructed, watertight and ventilated fiberglass housing that would hold and protect the display while it was in the down position. A motorized lift from Inca was incorporated into the design, customized to bear the weight of the TV and the front left, right and center speakers, and move the entertainment system up and down 80 inches.

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After the “dirty work” was complete, the floor and windows were replaced, the TV was wired to a rack of A/V equipment located in an equipment closet elsewhere in the house, and speakers for a 5.2-channel surround-sound system were installed. Special ordered from Bay Audio, the size of the front, left, right and center speakers frame the display perfectly, so much so that they look as if they are simply a part of the TV bezel. The rear Sonance architectural speakers were installed flush into the ceiling near the headboard of the bed. Two Sonance subwoofers complete the audio arrangement, also having been tucked into the ceiling while the room was being renovated.

Comfortable Controls
Two AMX 5200i touchpanels communicating with four AMX NI processors manage everything electronic in this master bedroom, and every other room in the house. From wireless touchpanels the owners are in complete control of the motorized TV lift, electronic window coverings, lights, heating and cooling, music and security in this 300—square-foot space. Drilling deeper into the menu, they can monitor and manage the rest of the house, right from the comfort of their bed. Additionally, backlit Lutron keypads mounted into the nightstands at each side of the bed lets the owners quickly turn on and off the lights in the bedroom and the entire house. For these homeowners, two types of control—portable touchpanels and stationary keypads—were better than one.

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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.

Systems and Equipment

Control: AMX
TV: Sony
Speakers: Bay Audio, Sonance
Motorized Lift: Inca
Lighting and Shading Control: Lutron

Full Equipment List

AMX FG5966-02 MVP-5200I WHITE 5.2 MODERO VIEWPOINT WIRELESS TOUCH PANEL; WHITE
AMX FG5966-11 MVP-TCS-52 WHITE TABLE TOP CHARGING STATION; WHITE
APPLE APPLE-TV APPLE-TV AUDIO/VIDEO MULTIMEDIA STREAMER
BAY AUDIO CBAQST-CJP4QUOTE “CUSTOM MADE QST SPEAKER BARS; SLIM LINE DUAL MONAURAL (L/C,R/C) SPEAKERS (PAIR); CUSTOM MADE FOR SONY KDL-60EX700 LED TV MOUNTED TO INCA TV LIFT - REF EMAIL P1”
CHIEF FSRV FSRV FLAT PANEL FIXED WALL MOUNT FOR 10 - 32 DISPLAYS
DIRECTV HR24 HR24 MPEG4 HIGH DEFINITION DUAL TUNER DVR - HARDWARE LEASE FEE
HOME AUTO INC. PR-BLOODHOUND SIREN INDOOR SIREN
INCA CPUTVL-CJP4QUOTE CUSTOM FLOOR POP-UP TV LIFT PER INCA QUOTE QT33965
INTEGRA DHC-40.2 “DHC-40.2 THX ULTRA2 PLUS, 7.2 CHANNEL NETWORK SURROUND SOUND PREAMPLIFIER/PROCESSOR”
INTEGRA DTA-70.1 DTA-70.1 9 CHANNEL (150 WATTS PER CHANNEL) PURE DIGITAL HOME THEATER AMPLIFIER
LG 22LE5300 22LE5300 22 CCFL 720P 60HZ HIGH DEFINITION LED TV
LUTRON STWD-6BRL-WH STWD-6BRL-WH HOMEWORKS DESIGNER WIRED SEETOUCH 6 BUTTON BASE UNIT KEYPAD WITH RAISE/LOWER INSERT; WHITE
LUTRON STWD-6BRL-WH STWD-6BRL-WH HOMEWORKS DESIGNER WIRED SEETOUCH 6 BUTTON BASE UNIT KEYPAD WITH RAISE/LOWER INSERT; WHITE
LUTRON HRT-10S2RL-SW HRT-10S2RL-SW HOMEWORKS TABLE TOP RF SEETOUCH 10 BUTTON KEYPAD WITH RAISE/LOWER
LUTRON HRT-10S2RL-SW HRT-10S2RL-SW HOMEWORKS TABLE TOP RF SEETOUCH 10 BUTTON KEYPAD WITH RAISE/LOWER
LUTRON COMPREHENSIVE SHADE COVERINGS COMPREHENSIVE SHADE COVERINGS PACKAGE; COMPLETE MANUFACTURING OF CUSTOM SHADE AND SHEER SYSTEMS PER MASTER LUTRON SCT QUOTE# S-D4222 REV3


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