The Ace of Control


When it came to technology, this golf-course-based vacation home didn't want to get caught in the sand trap.

Aug. 21, 2007 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

This residence sits on the golf course on Kiawah Island, SC. For this vacation home, the owner wanted a sophisticated whole-house system that would be easy to use, but also aesthetically unobtrusive.

The homeowner wasn’t alone in wanting to hide the system; the architect, Christopher Rose, made the same request.

The technology had to functionally support the family’s lifestyle, while respecting and protecting the design of the interior spaces.

The main challenge Encore Technology and Design encountered was that the home had already been designed and framed, making it difficult to optimize the design to hide the technology.

For instance, ventilation was an issue for the Great Room entertainment cabinet. Through a joint effort, the idea to incorporate ventilation ductwork into the top of the cabinet and mount speakers inside the ductwork was born.

In the study, the plasma TV was recessed into the wall and had a custom frame made to cover the plasma’s bezel and make it more understated. Further contributing to a minimalist aesthetic approach are in-ceiling speakers for the room’s surround-sound system. The surround sound processor is remotely located along with the Crestron control processor and audio distribution processor, completely hidden from sight. Being in the room you would hardly perceive the 5.1 surround-sound system.

The installer also opted for eight simple, identically-programmed Crestron handheld RF remote controls (instead of touchpanels) that are placed in main entertainment areas of the home and the guesthouse. Using handheld remotes instead touchpanels minimized visible technology and also kept the interface to the systems very simple.

Lighting control is very simple as well. The lighting control consists of three scenes: Outdoor Landscape, Welcome Home, and Pathway. The Lutron system used incorporates a car visor control that allows the client to activate a scene as he arrives at the home. A scene controller at the entrance also allows control of lighting scenes.


    A/V Equipment
  • Aerial Acoustics CC3B Speakers (2)
  • B&W ASW300 Compact Subwoofer
  • B&W CCM 80 In-Ceiling Louspeakers (5)
  • B&W CCM 616 In-Ceiling Speaker Pairs (6)
  • B&K CK1.2 LCD Keypads (6)
  • B&K CT600 6-Zone, 9-Source A/V Distribution Processor
  • Integra CDC 3.4 6 Disc Carousel Changer
  • Integra DTR-5.5 Receiver
  • JVC HR-S2902U Super VHS VCR
  • Rotel RB-1080 High Current 200x2 Stereo Amplilfier
  • Rotel RDV-1040 Progressive Scan DVD Players (2)
  • Rotel RMB-1066 6 Channel Amplifier
  • Runco CW-42i 42-Inch Flat-Panel Displays (2)
  • Runco 32-Inch LCD Flat-Panel Display
  • Samsung SIR-S300W DirectTV Satellite Receiver
  • Samsung SIR-TS360 HD DirectTV Satellite Receivers (3)
  • Sharp LC-13B6US 13-Inch AQUOS Flat Panel
  • Home Control
  • Crestron AV2 Professional Dual Bus Control System
  • Crestron C2IR-8 Controller
  • Crestron ML-500 RF Remote Controls (8)
  • Lighting
  • Lutron HWI Wireless Processor
  • Lutron Dimmers
  • Lutron Switches
  • Other
  • Liberty Cable and Connectors
  • Linksys BEFSR81 Cable/DSL Broadband Router
  • Middle Atlantic 5-21 21 Space Rack Enclosure
  • Monster Interconnects
  • Monster Surge Protectors
  • Peerless LCD-100S Under-Cabinet Mount

Systems Design & Installation
Encore Technology and Design
2515 Devine Street
Columbia, SC

Russ Cooper Associates

Interior Designer
Tammy Connor Interior Design


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