February 09, 2011
| by Grant Clauser
Thank goodness for great chefs. Not only do the owners of this home have the chef to thank for their meals, they have to thank him for their home theater.
You see, the personal chef for the owners of this particular house also prepares meals for another client of consumer electronics (CE) pro Troy Cuvelier of Integrated Smart Technologies of Jackson and Kalamazoo MI. When the homeowners began looking for someone to design a home theater and automation system for their house, the chef told them about the excellent work Cuvelier had done on his other client’s home.
The theater in this particular home included a few challenges, and plan changes, but it was all good and made the process interesting, according to Cuvelier. First, the room’s awkward “L” shape and limited width (only about 12 feet at the back of the theater) made fitting in a large number of seats difficult. The low ceiling (about 7 feet) presented a challenge to for the integrated fiber-optic star ceiling, and the large amount of wood in the design was an acoustic challenge. Thankfully Cuvelier and carpenter Mike Miller of Mike Miller Building were able to overcome all those issues.
While many people rightfully focus on the video and audio technology of a home theater as the features that make it most impressive, it’s the artful use of lighting, particularly the LED architectural lighting, that makes this theater extraordinary. Lighting was not in the original plan, but that, and the inclusion of acoustic panels, was added on after most of the design was already completed, making the lighting effects essentially a retro-fit job.
The theater uses about 200 feet of LED lighting separated into three controllable zones: baseboard, soffit and screen area). The homeowners merely have to press the Room On button of their Control4 controller to activate the lights and theater components, then the lighting will change to the appropriate scene depending on the activity.
The rest of the house includes equally impressive technology, including 12 TVs with 1080p HDMI distribution over IP, a complete Control4 system, a security system and multi-room audio.
Integrated Smart Technologies
Mike Miller Building
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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