No corners were spared in blending the cutting-edge theatrics with the clean and modern design, and neither do all the high-tech props compromise the views from nearly every room. The family room’s 60-inch plasma TV stays hidden when not in use, then rises from the floor on a quiet hydraulic lift. In the master bedroom, another flat panel pops up at the foot of the bed when powered on.
Also in the family room, round and trimless Sonance speakers pulse audio from inside the ceiling, while a Sonance subwoofer booms its bass from an inconspicuous mount in a wall. “We didn’t have any place for speakers in there,” Thies adds, “and if someone wasn’t looking for them, they wouldn’t notice anything.”
The in-ceiling speakers complement many of the fixtures used by home’s expansive Vantage lighting system. Controlled within a Crestron automation system, the Vantage system includes scenes like WELCOME that turns on the entire first floor and exterior pool area lights when the family arrives home, and SECURITY and PANIC modes that crank on all the interior and landscape lights as well as power up the TVs to view the surveillance camera feeds. Even the exotic Italian finish on the Vantage Axolute keypads and slick Crestron touchpanels complement the decor and architectural style.
The blend of A/V and architectural touches doesn’t stop at the back door, either (35-foot sliding glass doors, by the way). The outdoor pool area and landscaping are included among the 20 zones of housewide audio and peppered with 16 unobtrusively placed speakers.
“The ability for technology to disappear was far more important in this house than others we’ve done, and the things we couldn’t hide, like touchpanels and keypads, had to be special,” says Thies. “We didn’t want to completely give up A/V performance, and I think we compromised here in the right ways.”
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