New Setup Lets Owners Jam to 2TBs of Tunes
Homeowners chose only the most important electronics, and left their upgrade options wide open.
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May 03, 2010 by Lisa Montgomery

Certain lights and music zones activate depending on which button is pressed. Engaging the party 1 button, for example, switches on all of the first-floor lights and transmits music from a docked iPod to every first-floor speaker. party 2 adds the downstairs lights and speakers to the mix, while party 3 includes the outdoor entertainment area. “It’s a lot easier to get the house ready this way than by turning on several individual switches,” says the homeowner. After the guests have left, the owners can retire to their bedroom and turn off everything from a Control4 remote, iPhone or wall-mounted keypad.

With a robust cabling backbone, plentiful interfaces and a future-friendly control system, the house is primed to handle a lot more technology. The homeowners are taking it slow, for now. Since moving into the house in October, they’ve made a few minor adjustments to the programmed settings, added a good morning lighting scene and spoken at length with Procom about future possibilities.

“The system just keeps getting better and better,” say the homeowners. “And this is just Phase 1.”

What’s in store? The owners plan to swap the standard thermostats for smart units that can be managed by their existing Control4 system. Additional lights will join the system, too. More scenes, more automation and more hardware will ensure that the tech in this house never goes out of style.

Cost Breakdown
Curious about how much cash was spent on this system? Here’s how it breaks down*:
Design $2,000
Equipment $37,000
Installation $6,000
Programming $3,000
Total spent $48,000

Plans for the future:
Thermostats: $350 each
Additional light switches: $150 each
Additional surveillance cameras: 
$125-$350 each
Additional remote control: $129
Remote access: $129 annually
*prices include the cost of materials, installation and programming.

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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.

Installers/Equipment List

Systems Design 
and Installation
Procom Enterprises
Chicago, Ill.

LS Home Builders
Northbrook, Ill.

Renata Heiberg
Arlington Heights, Ill.

Interior Design
Interior Design Inc.
Deerfield, Ill.

Home Size
9,500 sq. ft.

Equipment List
Open House structured wiring enclosure with cover (2)
Open House telephone hub (2)
Open House data termination 8-port hub (10)
Ademco Vista 128FBP Burglary Panel with 20 Protected Zones (1)
RS232 Control4 Connection Interface (1)
Loginex Phone Entry System (1)
Sony Sposato 6.5” Ceiling Speakers (12)
Sony Sporsato 6.5” Ceiling Speakers Stereo Speaker (3)
SpeakerCraft 6.5” In-Wall Speakers Speaker AIM LCR3.3 (2)
Klipsch Bookshelf Speakers RSX-4 (2)
SpeakerCraft Outdoor Speakers (2)
Tantra Cinemastick Speakers (2)
Klipsch Surround Speakers CDT-5650-C (6)
Klipsch Power Subwoofer RW-10d (2)
Integra Home Theater A/V Receiver 30.1 (2)
Middle Atlantic Complete Rack System Slim5 43U (1)
Panamax Power Conditioner MAX5300 (1)
Control4 Controller HC500 (1)
Control4 Controller HC200 (3)
Control4 Remotes SR250 (4)
Control4 Touchscreen 7” (2)
Control4 Ipod Dock Station (1)
Sony BDP-350 Blu-ray Player (3)
Sony 12 Zone Video Switch CACV12ES (1)
Sony Component Baluns CVB1 (12)
Control4 Amplifier 8 Zone (2)
Control4 Audio Matrix Switch (1)
Control4 Dimmer (8)
Control4 3 Button Keypad (3)
Netgear 8 Port / 4Port POE Switch (1)
Cisco Wireless Router (1)
iMon+ - Universal IR Remote for Home Theater PC (1)
All Connection Cables Monster Cable
Vandal/Water Proof, Day/Night IR 30ft. Dome Camera - 520 TV lines (2)

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