Resort-Like Addition Delivers Twice the Fun


GOLD WINNER: Best Grand Space

A large-scale home addition marries a new Crestron automation system with the old, and decks out an indoor pool area with A/V.

May. 29, 2009 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

One full-scale automation system to cover a 10,000-square-foot home is impressive enough. But doubling that capacity and making sure everything still runs smoothly is another thing altogether.

That was the challenge faced by electronics installer Home Systems when these New Jersey homeowners added a resort-size addition to a residence that had an existing Crestron automation system.

“We designed a totally new Crestron system that would incorporate the new parts of the house and marry it to the old parts. And at the same time [we] upgraded a lot of wireless touchpanels and keypads in the main living spaces,” says Home Systems’ Ralph Scrofani. “The challenge for us was designing, wiring and activating the new system, and when the time was right decommission the old system and put the two together quickly, so we weren’t interrupting the homeowners lives. We probably ran miles of wire back and forth to join the systems together.”

The new wing incorporates an indoor pool, spa, workout facility, locker room, kitchen and entertainment room. Then there are all the bells and whistles stuffed into these spaces, as well as some nifty wrinkles added to the existing home.

The sprawling pool area alone contains 14 speakers that tap into the housewide audio system and require their own 16-channel amplifier. Each Triad Omniround speaker is installed in one of 14 coffered beams running along the ceiling, and their enclosed back boxes keep the moisture away.

“The pool has limestone columns, limestone tiles and lots of glass, so the conditions were ripe for echo,” says Scrofani. “The area directly over the central part is high, but around the perimeter where the beams run from the exterior wall it’s a lot lower, so we’re able to deliver consistent, even sound without a cathedral effect.”

The robust sound system—which also extends to his-and-her locker rooms and an exercise room—may not even be the biggest tech feat. That honor goes to the 16 large motorized skylights, which are controllable via Crestron touchscreens. The skylights also feature rain sensors that signal the system to close them automatically when moisture is detected. When the sensors are dry, a corresponding button on the Crestron touchscreens turns green.

When the homeowners and guests aren’t relaxing in the pool or the infinity-edge hot tub, they can enjoy a drink by the fireplace or at the bar—where a 42-inch Sharp LCD HDTV entertains. However, the owners didn’t want the TV to interfere with the bar’s real beauty: a wall-length backlit glass sculpture. So Home Systems worked with Electro-Kinetics to install a mechanized lift that raises the TV into view so it did not have to be permanently mounted.

Other innovative display collaborations include a 63-inch Fujitsu plasma and matching Leon soundbar that extend and swivel from the wall on a cantilevered mount in the multipurpose entertainment room, and a lift that recedes into the ceiling in the master bedroom.

Beneath the pool, in a fully air-conditioned and sealed basement, is one of the residence’s two control panel rooms—the other is in a garage closet of the existing house—with pivoting equipment racks for convenient access. The miles of wiring fed to the control rooms help tie together subsystems such as the 20 overall listening zones, master bedroom theater, security cameras, Panasonic communications system and 170 loads of Lutron lighting.

“They can completely illuminate the pool, or use an accent scene to light all the architectural features,” Scrofani says. “They’ll place candles all around the room, and with the accent scene it looks incredible.”

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Systems Design and Installation
Home Systems
Pompton Plains, N.J.

Myhren Builders
Vernon, N.J.

Interior Designer
LaBossiere Associates
Saddle River, N.J.

Motorized Lifts and Mounts
Callicoon, N.Y.

Middle Atlantic SR-40 Pivoting equipment racks (2)
Middle Atlantic DWR-22 wall mounted pivoting rack
Middle Atlantic AXS cabinet racks (2)
Middle Atlantic SRSR-2 sliding, pivoting rack
Middle Atlantic RSH facures & rack accessories
Middle Atlantic UQFP-4DRA ultra quiet vent system
Crestron PRO-2 processor
Crestron CP2E processors (2)
Crestron BI-PAD8 audio controllers (2)
Crestron C2N-IVDS24x24 video controller
Crestron LV Relay cards (3)
Crestron C2N-TFM tuner
Crestron C2N-TXM XM tuner
Crestron AAS-2 digital music server
Crestron TPS-3100 touch screens (3)
Crestron TPS-2000 touch screens (3)
Crestron STX-1700 touch screens (5)
Crestron CT-1000 touch screens (10)
Crestron ML-600 hand held (for outdoors)
Crestron RF gateways (4)
Crestron CNX-RMCLV room solution boxes (4)
Audio Control 960 16-ch amplifiers (3)
Audio Control 200 2-ch hi current amplifier
Audio Control BLD10 audio drivers (2)
Audio Control BLR10 audio receivers (2)
Electro-Kinetics custom motorized 63” articulating TV mount
Electro-Kinetics custom motorized 50” double-action TV lift
Electro-Kinetics custom motorized projector lift
Furman Elite 15 DM surge protection (4)
Furman SB-1000 UPS power backup (3)
SA8300HD cable boxes (6)
Fujitsu 63” (client owned) plasma display
Denon AVR-4806 surround receiver
Denon DVD-1930
Boston Acoustic Voyager 7 outdoor speakers (4)
Triad OMNI round 8 ceiling speakers (20)
Triad Silver IN-Wall power subs w/rackamps (2)
Leon Horizon HzUltima LCR speaker
Triad In-Wall Bronze surround speakers (4)
Lutron PNL-8 lighting enclosures (4)
Custom skylights w/low voltage motor systems (16)
Lutron RPM-4A remote power modules (27)
Lutron LV-32 low voltage enclosure
Lutron MI-120 module interfaces (4)
Lutron RPM-4FSQ fan modules (2)
Lutron RPM4M motor module
Lutron STWD-6BRL control keypads (18)
Lutron NGRX-PB power booster (2)
Lutron H8P5-H48-120 lighting Control processor
Lutron HWD-10D dimmers (20)
Panasonic KXTD-A100 digital telephone system
Panasonic KXTDA0142 cellular repeater stations (6)
Panasonic proprietary phone input/output cards
Panasonic KXTD-7633 digital phones (16)
Panasonic KXTD7680 multi-cell cordless phones (4)
Panasonic KXT-30865 Door intercom stations (2)
Sharp LC-32D65U LCD TV
Sharp LC-42D65U LCD TV
Infocus 777 3-chip DLP projector (client owned)
JBL Synthesis surround system (client owned)
Fujitsu 60” TV w/Art-frame fascia (client owned)
Local surround receivers w/video source (client owned) (2)

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