Frank Lloyd Wright Design Dazzles with A/V

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FINALIST: Best Home of the Year

This North Dakota home has spectacular audio, video and automation to complement its stunning architecture.


Feb. 10, 2010 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Sometimes it takes a great electronics architect to put together a masterpiece of a home automation and electronics system. This Fargo, N.D., home is straight out of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural playbook, so perhaps it was only fitting that its automation and A/V are just as stunningly put together as its design.

The 7,200-square-foot home features a vista of a small waterfall along the Red River, and thanks to the help of nearby custom electronics pro VSI in Moorhead, Minn., the interior environs are just as serene—until the theater room is cranked up, that is.

But a tidy dedicated theater is just one of the many viewing areas for this busy couple, which wanted simplified operation over their home, including several ways to access all of what the overall Crestron home control system delivers. They also wanted plenty of ways to view TV, as well as photography on the screens—consider that well taken care of.

Here’s how VSI’s Jamie DeJean details the other major highlights of this gorgeous home (click on the slideshow for photos):

—A custom-programmed web page allows the owners to control the entire home from a laptop anywhere in the world. The automation package includes control of the audio/video system, security system, lighting system and motorized shades. Also, all of the systems can be accessed off-site by VSI to allow hassle-free updates and advanced troubleshooting.

—Fifteen Crestron touchscreens provide access to distributed audio, distributed video, lighting control, motorized shades, front door camera, and whole home intercom.

—As an avid photographer, the homeowner is able to exhibit art work on a multiple display video-wall. Photo collections are displayed on the home’s 13 video displays when entertaining.

—An extensive Lutron HomeWorks lighting system is integrated with the Crestron touchpanels throughout the home. The system allows them to press a “welcome home” mode to illuminate commonly used areas; a “good night” mode (all lights turn off except outdoor and master suite): “away” mode (all lights off except selected lights to make home appear occupied); or with a touch of a finger, turn all lights off. Specially designed vacation mode monitors lighting, then mimics/randomizes their lighting habits to provide additional security. Outdoor lights are automated to turn on at dusk and turn off shortly after sunrise complimenting the home’s design while providing the additional security of a well lit property.

—An ESI controller and Crestron touchscreens automate 24 motorized shades, giving the owners privacy while also reducing energy costs.

—The E-Holovision front door intercom plays a selected chime through particular audio speakers while activating Crestron panels to display images from the front door camera.

—Twenty-eight zones of Crestron distributed audio include five outdoor zones and four surround-sound systems. Audio sources available throughout include two Crestron AM/FM tuners, two Crestron XM tuners, two Motorola cable music boxes, and an Escient Music Library.

—The home includes 13 zones of Crestron distributed high-definition video, and the system gives the owners the ability to view any source on any video display in the home. Distributed video system incorporates two Motorola HD DVRs, an Escient DVD management system with 400-disc DVD player, and four Roku HD photo players.

—To protecting the electronics investment, VSI installed a GE Concorde system featuring complete home security, allowing the owners control from convenient key fobs, 10 Crestron in-wall touchscreens, five Crestron handheld touchscreens (including at the night stand), or anywhere in the world by computer.

With VSI putting in so much legwork, the only real questions left for these homeowners on a nightly basis are what to watch, and where to watch it?


Systems Design and Installation
VSI
Moorhead, Minn.
www.videoser.com

Builder
Tomlinson and Sons

Architect
Smuckler Architecture

Equipment
1 Crestron PRO2 System Controller
1 Crestron C2ENET-1 Ethernet Interface
2 Crestron C2COM-3 Adds COM ports to C2ENET-1
4 Crestron CNX-BIPAD8 Audio Switcher
2 Crestron CNAMPX-16X60 Amplifier
1 Crestron CNX-PVID8X4 Video Switcher
1 Crestron CNX-PVID8x3 Video Switcher
1 Crestron CEN-TRACK-AMFMXM Rack mounted tuner
1 Crestron ATC-AMFMXM tuner card in CEN-TRACK-AMFMXM
1 Crestron C2N-IADS30X24 Audio Intercom
1 Crestron C2N-IVDS24X24 Video Intercom
1 Crestron C2N-IIF Door Intercom
1 Crestron CEN-TIA Phone Interface
12 Crestron CNXRMC Video Receiver
1 Crestron CNRFGWA-418 Gateway for ML-600
1 Crestron ML600 RF Remote
10 Crestron TPS-6Lx-T KIT In-wall Touch Screen
10 Crestron SPK-6L Speaker Kit for Intercom
5 Crestron TPMC-8X Touch Panel
5 Crestron TPMX-8X-DS Docking Station
18 Crestron CNX-B8-X Keypads
1 Crestron C2N-SPWS300 Power Supply
2 Crestron CNPWS-75 Power Supply
8 Crestron C2N-HBLOCK Connection Block
3 Crestron PW2410RU Power Supply
2 Crestron PW2420RU Power Supply
2 MID-ATLANTIC VMRK54 EQUIPMENT RACK
1 ESCIENT AVX-111 MUSIC SERVER
1 SONY DVPCX777ES 400 DISC CD/DVD CHANGER
4 Roku HD2000 High Definition Media/Photo Player
1 Sony BRPS300 Blu-ray player
1 Crestron CEN-UPS-1250 SURGE PROTECTION WITH UPS
1 INTEGRA DTR-4.6 SURROUND RECEIVER
2 INTEGRA DTR-5.9 SURROUND RECEIVER
1 INTEGRA DTR-6.8 SURROUND RECEIVER
1 AKG WMS-450-PT-GT RECEIVER PACK
1 AKG C542 BL BOUNDARY MIC
1 AKG CU400 CHARGER
1 AKG PT 450 EXTRA BODY PACK
1 COMPUTAR ZC-D5212NHA CCTV COLOR CAMERA
1 HOLOVISION MODEL 501TES DOORBELL STATION - NICKEL
3 SAMSUNG LN26A450 26”LCD & ARTICULATING MOUNT
8 PANASONIC TH-42PH10UKA 42” PLASMA
1 PANASONIC TH-37PH10UKA 37” PLASMA
2 PANASONIC TH-50PH10UKA 50” PLASMA
1 RUNCO VX-2000D VX2000D VIDEO PROJECTOR
1 STEWART LXCR100HFHG3W-12-2-5 100” MOTORIZED SCREEN
1 STEWART LVC SCREEN TRIGGER INTERFACE
1 RUNCO RUHK-004100 CEILING BRACKET
5 SNAPAV D3-F-BLK WALL MOUNT STATIC FOR TH-42PH10UKA
2 CHIEF PWR-2051B ARTICULATING MOUNT FOR TH-42PH10UK
1 CHIEF JWD-SK ARTICULATING MOUNT FOR TH-37PH10UK
2 CHIEF JWD-VB ARTICULATING MOUNT FOR LNT2653
2 CHIEF CM1W18 MOTORIZED CHIEF BRACKET
56 SPEAKERCRAFT AIM5 ONE IN-CEILING SPEAKER
3 SPEAKERCRAFT AIM LCR 3 LCR SPEAKERS
2 SPEAKERCRAFT AIM8 THREE 8” CEILING SPEAKER
2 SPEAKERCRAFT AIM Cinema Three IN-WALL SPEAKERS
1 ARTISON RCC300SM INWALL SUBWOOFER
1 ARTISON RCC300SA Amplifier
2 BOSE FS51 OUTDOOR SPEAKERS
2 LEON HZ515LRA CUSTOM WIDTH SPEAKERS
1 LEON HZ515LRA CUSTOM WIDTH SPEAKERS
1 LEON HZ515-Center-A CUSTOM WIDTH SPEAKERS
2 ARTISON RCC600SM INWALL SUBWOOFER
2 ARTISON RCC600SA Amplifier
1 LUTRON RF PROCESSOR HOMEWORKS SYSTEM CONTROLLER
13 LUTRON HRD-8ANS HOMEWORKS RF SWITCH
9 LUTRON HD-RS HOMEWORKS RF SLAVE SWITCH
8 LUTRON STRD-6BR HOMEWORKS MASTER KEYPAD
l HOMEWORKS RF MASTER CONTROLLER
25 LUTRON HRD-6D HOMEWORKS RF DIMMER
14 LUTRON HD-RD HOMEWORKS RF SLAVE DIMMER
1 LUTRON HR-REP-120 HOMEWORKS RF REPEATER
1 ITI 80-843-4 CONCORD ALARM
1 ITI 60-983 APT1000 KEYPAD
1 ITI 60-771 PHONE AND VOICE INTERFACE
1 ITI 60-783-02 RS-232 INTERFACE
6 ITI 60-774 8 ZONE INPUT MODULE
6 ARI RCR-PET MOTION SENSOR
8 SEN 1125-M 3/8” CONTACT SENSOR
5 SEN 2315A-L OVERHEAD DOOR SENSOR
11 CEN 5820A-W GLASS BREAKAGE SENSOR
1 TRF 1640 POWER TRANSFORMER
1 BAT 127 BATTERY BACKUP
1 CEI SL-126C CLEAR STROBE
2 WIN WB200 WATER SENSOR
6 WIN M-001-0107 WATERBUG UNDER CARPET SENSOR
3 WIN M-001-0106 WATERBUG SURFACE SENSOR
1 WIN EA4000 ENVIORALERT
1 WIN M-001-0082 TEMPERATURE PROBE
4 OPT LX-402 OUTDOOR MOTION SENSOR
1 OPT LX-802 OUTDOOR MOTION SENSOR
5 AME SHX51 OUTDOOR SPEAKER
6 ITI CS-2029 SUMP PUMP SENSOR
1 ITI 60-770 EXTERNAL RELAY CARD
2 ALC RP-9 Remote plate red/green led
2 ARI MPI35F Speaker 10 Watt Flush Mount
1 IEI PIP-1312 POWER SUPPLY



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