May 01, 2006
| by EH Staff
One of the most difficult rooms to incorporate technology into is a master suite. Aesthetics usually rule in this room, which means TVs, speakers and other gear must remain as imperceptible as possible. And sometimes, as is the case with this project, getting the gear to blend in is nearly impossible. The owners of this master suite wanted to watch TV from bed, but didn’t want to disrupt the room design by adding a piece of furniture to hold the set. The best solution was to tuck a screen into the ceiling and have it descend into the room only when the owners were ready to watch a show. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough space above the ceiling to incorporate a lift that would lower the set down into the room. Rather than throw in the towel, the home systems installers devised a unique assembly that allows a 42-inch plasma TV to rest horizontally with the ceiling when it’s not in use and flip down like an inverted Ferrari headlight when it’s showtime. The motorized unit, as well as a full rack of audio/video equipment (hidden in a closet), a Lutron lighting system, Lutron motorized shades and an Aprilaire climate control system can be operated from any of eight Crestron touchscreens in the master suite.
The bedroom, bathroom and sitting area each have their own separate surround-sound setups. The bedroom uses a Lexicon MC1 system with a Bryston amplifier and Triad in-ceiling speakers; the bathroom, which features a 20-inch LCD TV, and sitting area both use Sound Advance invisible speakers.