Home theaters to escape in, great kitchens to connect in, family rooms to gather in, master suites to dream in -- the Electronic House way.
Gold Winner - Home of the Year. Photo by Tom Henscheid.
May 01, 2006 by EH Staff
An Avatar Is Born
What can you expect from an Electronic House Home of the Year grand prize winner? For starters, it has to be a great house—one whose occupants don’t like leaving and always look forward to returning. It must have innovative home technology. In fact, it should have high-tech conveniences throughout, including great audio and video; a home theater or two; lighting, heating and ventilation control; and quite likely, a control system that allows for easy operation of anything by anyone from anywhere.
A Work of Art
“Practice makes perfect” may sound cliché, but it’s a saying that can be applied to a number of different situations, including those that involve having electronic systems in a home. The owner of this Manhattan penthouse has had his fair share of experience with home electronics. For more than 20 years, he has lived with all types of gear and enjoyed all the conveniences and comforts that technology can offer.
You certainly won’t find snow-capped mountains anywhere close to Georgia peach country, but Mike and Lynn Briggs’ home gracefully evokes all the warmth and coziness of a Colorado ski lodge. Make that a four-star Colorado ski lodge. Coexisting peacefully with enormous stone fireplaces, open-beamed ceilings and impressive log construction is a bevy of sophisticated electronic systems that operate 24-hours a day to ensure the efficiency and comfort of the 6,000-square-foot residence. Working like the dedicated staff of a luxury hotel, the systems set the lights, security sensors, thermostats and music for the empty nesters.
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