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Old Bed & Breakfast Updated with Modern Tech
The Copperstone Inn, built in 1858, now features a full-fledged media room, architectural speakers, touchscreen automation and more.
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October 06, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger

Bed and breakfasts are usually places you stay at to get away from modern life and maybe soak in more of the simple life. You can have both, though, at the Copperstone Inn, which was built pre-Civil War and recently updated for the fast-paced 21st century.

“Copperstone Inn is one of the most luxurious bed and breakfasts you will ever visit. The original limestone home was built in 1858 in traditional Greek revival style, and the grand majestic limestone home exudes an ambiance of total elegance, comfort, and chic sophistication,” says Tom Priola, owner of Rockford, Ill.-based Primetime Audio/Video, which Copperstone owners Rich and Chissie Spanton contacted when it came time to updating the B&B.

“There were several challenges to overcome. The first and foremost was the systems had to be virtually invisible. Every room needed to have a TV with its own satellite tuner. Every room, including the seven luxury bathrooms, needed to have a music system that any guest could operate with ‘no training,’” Priola adds. “We needed to automate the lighting and integrate it with the door access system and fire alarm system in case fire or emergency. Last but not least, they needed a 15 camera video surveillance system to monitor the buildings common areas and outdoor spaces from the Internet.”

The lower level of the remodeled home features a custom media room with a 60-inch wall mounted LG plasma TV, 400 disk DVD changer, in wall speakers, in wall sub woofer and a Control4 10-inch in wall touchscreen to control it. The bar has three corner mounted LCD TVs and music system controlled by two wall mounted Control4 touchscreens. Even the sauna, manicure and waiting room include ceiling speakers and in-wall keypads.

The first floor has two dining rooms, living room and front foyer with in-ceiling speakers and keypads. There are three “themed” bedrooms (Sundance Suite, Northwoods Suite and 1858 limestone Loft), with TVs and keypad-based music systems, says Priola. A separate sauna located about 150 feet away and connected by a pathway from the main house features a beautiful outdoor limestone grill/patio that has its own music system.

There are also two additional luxury themed rooms, (Farmhands Quarters and Queens Retreat), that feature Bose Built-Invisible systems with in-wall speakers and in-ceiling subwoofers.

To check out more of the Copperstone Inn bed and breakfast, click here to view additional photos.

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Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com and Electronic House magazine.

Installer/Equipment List

Systems Design & Installation
Primetime Audio/Video
Rockford, Ill.
www.primetime-av.com

Equipment
CONTROL & AUDIO VIDEO (UTILITY ROOM)

1-CONTROL4 MEDIA CONTROLLER
3-CONTROL4 HOME THEATER CONTROLLER
2-CONTROL4 AUDIO MATRIX SWITCH-16
2-CONTROL4 MULTI-CHANNEL AMPLIFIER (16 CHANNEL)
1-CONTROL 4 C4-4SIGHT SUBSCRIPTION KIT
1-SPEAKERCRAFT STT 2.0 STEREO TWIN TUNER
2-MIDDLE ATLANTIC HW500 HARDWARE KIT FOR RACK ASSEMBLY
6-MIDDLE ATLANTIC SLIM 5 MODEL 5-21, 21 SPACE RACK
30-MIDDLE ATLANTIC U2 2SPACE RACK SHELF
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SATELLITE EQUIPMENT AND ANTENNA

6-DISH NET 311 RECEIVER (MUSIC RECEIVERS)
9-DISH NET 211 HDTV RECEIVER (TV RECEIVERS)
1-DISH NET DISH 1000 REFLECTOR W/LNB’S
4-DISH NET 34 SWITCH
1-PERFECT VISION ANTENNA
1-CHANNEL PLUS DA500 AMP
2-8WAY SPLITTER
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PROTECTION AND CABLING

MONSTER CABLES EXCLUSIVELY
1– MONSTER POWER AV800
3- MONSTER POWER AVS 2000 HOME THEATER AUTOMATIC VOLTAGE STABILIZER
3- MONSTER POWER HTS 3600 REFERENCE POWER CENTER W/ STAGE 3 CLEAN POWER
1500 ft-MONSTER CABLE CUSTOM 5 CONDUCTOR WIRE WITH CAT 5 :MC125178
110- MONSTER CABLE RG59 MINI COMPRESSION RCA FITTINGS EACH: MC122459
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BOSE BUILT INVISIBLE SURROUND SYSTEMS (SECOND FLOOR BEDROOMS 3 AND 4)

2- MONSTER POWER HTFS-IW IN-WALL POWERCENTER FOR CUSTOM INSTALLATION
2- BOSE BUILT INVISIBLE AV18 MEDIA CENTER
2- BOSE BUILT INVISIBLE ACOUSTIMASS SUB MODULE SERIES II
2- BOSE ACOUSTIMASS MODULE ROUGH-IN WITH GRILL
2- BOSE BUILT INVISIBLE TA2 THEATER AMP
2- BOSE BUILT INVISIBLE TA2 CONNECTION KIT WHITE
10-BOSE ADAPTIQ IN WALL SPEAKER
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BEDROOM SPEAKERS AND CONTROLS (5 BEDROOMS AND 5 BATHS)

25- SPEAKERCRAFT SE1410 -CRS8 W/CLIPS.
1- SPEAKERCRAFT BKT-CRS INSTLOCK$24.99 (PAIR)
1- SPEAKERCRAFT CRS ONE IN-CEILING SPEAKERS (PAIR)
10- SPEAKERCRAFT AIM8 ONE IN-CEILING SPEAKERS PAIR
5- SPEAKERCRAFT AIM8 DT ONE SINGLE STEREO SPEAKER
8- CONTROL4 WIRELESS 6 BUTTON KEYPAD BLACK #KPZ-6B1-B
2- CONTROL4 WIRELESS 6 BUTTON KEYPAD WHITE
4- CONTROL4 WIRELESS 3 BUTTON KEYPAD BLACK
2- CONTROL4 WIRELESS 3 BUTTON KEYPAD WHITE
COMMON AREAS SPEAKERS AND CONTROLS: SPA, ENTRY, DINING RM 1 & 2 AND LIVING
ROOM AND DECK

5- SPEAKERCRAFT CRS ONE IN-CEILING SPEAKERS
10- SPEAKERCRAFT SE-1612-CRS6 W/CLIPS.
1- SPEAKERCRAFT OE8 THREE OUTDOOR SPEAKER PAIR WHITE (DECK)
5- CONTROL4 WIRELESS 6 BUTTON KEYPAD BLACK #KPZ-6B1-B
1- CONTROL4 WIRELESS 6 BUTTON KEYPAD WHITE
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LOUNGE

2- SPEAKERCRAFT AIM8 ONE IN-CEILING SPEAKERS PAIR 2
1- SPEAKERCRAFT AIM LCR ONE PIVOTING IN-WALL HOME THEATER SPEAKER
2- SPEAKERCRAFT SE1410 -CRS8 W/CLIPS.
2- CONTROL4 MINI 4” ETHERNET TOUCH SCREEN BLACK
2- CONTROL4 MTS WALL BOX-METAL NEW CONSTRUCTION
1- DEFINITIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN WALL REFERENCE SUBWOOFER
1- DEFINITIVE TECHNOLOGY AMP-600 AMPLIFIER FOR INWALL SUBWOOFER
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THEATER

1- DENON AVR 5803 THX SURROUND EX A/V RECEIVER
1- SONY ES DVP-CX777ES 400 DISK DVD CHANGER
1- CONTROL4 ETHERNET 10.5” INWALL TOUCH SCREEN BLACK
1- CONTROL4 10.5” IN-WALL TS WALL BOX NEW CONSTRUCTION
1- LG BH200 SUPER BLU-RAY/HD-DVD 1080p UPSCALING,HDMI
1- SPEAKERCRAFT AIM CINEMA ONE PAIR
1- SPEAKERCRAFT AIM LCR ONE PIVOTING IN-WALL HOME THEATER SPEAKER
1- SPEAKERCRAFT AIM8 ONE IN-CEILING SPEAKERS PAIR
2- SPEAKERCRAFT SE1410 -CRS8 W/CLIPS.
1- DEFINITIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN WALL REFERENCE SUBWOOFER
1- DEFINITIVE TECHNOLOGY AMP-600 AMPLIFIER FOR INWALL SUBWOOFER
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STRUCTURED WIRING AND COMPONENTS (COAX CABLES, PHONES AND NETWORK
CABLING)

3- OPEN HOUSE 36” ENCLOSURE BOX (PHONE & DATA, COAX AND SPEAKERS) 3 89.99 269.97T
3- OPEN HOUSE HD36, 36” HINGED DOOR DEPTH EXTENSION KIT 3 53.99 161.97T
1- OPEN HOUSE H616 PHONE MASTER HUB 4 LINE 1 44.99 44.99T
2- OPEN HOUSE H618 PHONE EXPANSION HUB 4X8 2 62.99 125.98T
3- OPEN HOUSE H291 4 OUTLET AC ACCESSORY 3 26.99
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LIGHTING AND HOME AUTOMATION

17- CONTROL4 C4KPZ6B1B WIRELESS DIMMER
5- CONTROL4 C4KPZ3B1B WIRELESS SWITCH
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SECURITY CAMERAS AND DVR

1- CONTENDER 16 CHANNEL DVR W/ CD RECORDER, 500 GB HARD DRIVE
3- CLINTON CE-PTZ26X COLOR PTZ DOME CAMERA, 18X OPTICAL ZOOM, 216 DIGITAL
3- CLINTON CE-PTZ-IP PENDANT CEILING MOUNT
1- 3 AXIZ KEYBOARD FOR CE-PTZ18X & CE-PTZ26X
1- CLINTON CE-24AC16-8, 16 CAMERA 24 VAC POWER SUPPLY, 8 AMP
1- CLINTON:16 CAMERA POWER SUPPLY, 8 AMP 12 VDC,
7- CLINTON CE-CD801, 1/3 CCD, 480TVL 12VCD COLOR DOME CAMERA
3- CE936WIR IR WEATHER PROOF
2- CLINTON # CE-VF53IR 1/3” COLOR CARI-FOCAL DAY/NITE CAMERA
2- LG 20LS7D 20” LCD
1- MONSTER POWER HTS 2600 REFERENCE POWER CENTER W/ STAGE 2 CLEAN POWER
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DISPLAYS

1-37LG50 37 INCH TV W DVD
1– SONY KDL40W4100
3- LG 37LG50 37” LCD (1920x1080p)
2- LG 32LG30 32” LCD/DVD (1366x768)
4- LG 26LG30 26” LCD (1366x768)
1- LG 60PY3D 60” PLASMA (1080P) REPLACEMENT
10- MONSTER POWER HTFS500 FLAT PANEL HDTV POWER CENTER
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TV MOUNTS

1- SANUS VMPL50B PLASMA WALL MOUNT WITH 5-DEGREE TILT BLACK
5- SANUS VM400b ARTICULATING SINGLE STUD LCD MOUNT BLACK
1- SANUS VMPL3b EXPANDABLE WALL MOUNT WITH TILT
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SAUNA AREA

1- SPEAKERCRAFT AIM8 ONE IN-CEILING SPEAKERS PAIR
1- SPEAKERCRAFT AIM8 DT ONE SINGLE STEREO SPEAKER
1- NTEGRA DSR-4.8 Integrated 2.1- Channel DVD Receiver with HDMI
1- ONKYO DS-A2X IPOD DOCK FOR INTEGRA/ONKYO RECEIVERS
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LOWER MANICURE RM, LOWER SITTING ROOM (SPA ZONE)

4- CONTROL4 C4KPZ6B1W WIRELESS 6 BUTTON KEYPAD WHITE
2-SPEAKERCRAFT SE1410 -CRS8 W/CLIPS.
2- SPEAKERCRAFT AIM8 DT ONE SINGLE STEREO SPEAKER


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