Something Old, Lots of New
It looks like an old-world mansion, but with 25,000 square feet of fun.
Bronze Winner: $50,000+
May 06, 2011 by Steven Castle

We usually have a Home of the Year category for Fun Rooms, which we’ll feature in a future issue. This home, though, could have a fun category all to itself.

There are fun rooms peppered throughout this 25,000-square-foot Atlanta area mansion, from the wood-paneled home theater with its 127-inch screen to a cavernous music room with the owner’s guitar collection. There’s also an indoor putting green, a kids’ game room and a family style “keeping room” off the kitchen with a soaring cathedral ceiling. The 60-inch Pioneer plasma TV over the fireplace in this room actually looks small.

Just call this house a cathedral to fun. There are more than 200 devices being controlled by a Crestron home management system, via 72 wall-mounted keypads and five wireless touchpanel controllers, as well as iPad and iPhone control options. The house boasts 32 separate audio zones and 16 video zones—in addition to 144 lighting zones, 13 heating and ventilation zones, and 65 security zones with 28 surveillance cameras.

There’s a temperature-controlled pool with underwater speakers; a climate-controlled wine cellar with an electronic eSommelier system that utilizes barcode scanning to keep track of the extensive inventory; and five separate surround-sound systems for the theater, keeping room, master bedroom, kids’ playroom and outdoor family room on the terrace.

Devising a control system for a home this size wasn’t the main challenge for systems electronics integration company Atlanta Home Theater of Roswell, Ga. The company has a template it draws on from president Scott Ross’ own Crestron system. One of the challenges in a house like this, though, was to make the extensive system easy to operate.

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RJ Custom Homes, Canton, Ga..
Bryan Residential Planning
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To do that, those 72 Crestron wall-mounted keypads offer only a few control options per room. “Our philosophy is to use the minimum amount of buttons on keypads. We’ll only [provide] three or four buttons for local lighting scenes,” Ross says. If audio is available in the room, one button usually calls up the most popular music source. In this case, the owner can cycle through four XM Satellite Radio stations by pressing the same button. The stations cycle from mellow Spa and Chill channels to Pop and Rock. (More detailed controls, such as for individual lights, are available via the Crestron touchpanels.)

A total of 61 B&W speakers deliver beautiful music throughout the house, with a 7.1-channel array in the home theater. Ross and his company performed some disappearing magic there, by mounting the front speakers on doors that lead to another room and building subwoofers into a platform that holds the back row of seats. The source components are housed in a rack in the adjacent arcade, and are used to distribute music and video throughout the house.

The room that presented the biggest challenge, Ross says, was the exercise room. The wall cavity between it and the adjacent room for the air conditioning equipment had been filled with spray foam insulation, which Atlanta Home Theater had to drill through to make vital audio and video connections. EH

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Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates.

2) Crestron AV2 Processor
1) Crestron C2ENET-1 E-Control Card
1) Crestron Memory Card
2) Crestron CNX-PVID8x4 Video Switcher
4) Crestron CNX-PAD8A Audio Switcher
4) Crestron CNAMPX-16x60 Amplifier
3) Crestron C2N-SPWS300 Power Supply
12) Crestron CNX-RMC Room Box
11) Crestron CNXRMIRD IR Receiver
5) Crestron TPMC-8X Touchpanel
5) Crestron TPMC-8X-BTPE Battery
5) Crestron TPMC-8X-DS Docking Station
2) Crestron TPS-6LB Keypad
2) Crestron TPS-6LB-FP Faceplate Engraving
10) Crestron CHV-TSTATB Thermostat
3) Crestron CHV-TSTATA Thermostat
1) Crestron CSP-RS232I Optical Isolator
5) Crestron CSP-LSP Surge Protector
32) Crestron CNX-B4B Black Keypad
24) Crestron CNX-B6B Black Keypad
12) Crestron CNX-B8B Black Keypad
368) Crestron Button Engravings
2) Crestron PAC2 Automation Control System
1) Crestron C2ENET-1 E-Control Card
1) Crestron C2N-SPWS300 Power Supply
1) Crestron C2N-RMAK
10) Crestron CAEN-7X1 Cabinet
15) Crestron CAEN-BLOCK
21) Crestron CLT-2DIM8 Termination Block Module
21) Crestron CLX-2DIM8 Dimmer Module
2) Crestron CLT-1DIM4 Termination Block Module
2) Crestron CLX-1DIM4 Dimmer Module
6) Crestron CLT-2DIM2 Termination Block Module
6) Crestron CLX-2DIM2 Dimmer Module
3) Crestron CLT-4HSW4 Termination Block Module
3) Crestron CLX-4HSW4 Switch Module
6) Crestron CLW-DIMB 3 Button Wall Box Dimmer - Black
5) Crestron CLW-DIMA 3 Button Wall Box Dimmer - Almond
1) Crestron CLW-SWB Switch - Black
5) Crestron TPMC-8X Touchpanels
6) Marantz RC-9500 Color Remote
1) RTI U2 Waterproof Remote
1) Linksys WRT350N-BP Router
9) Linksys WAP4400N Wireless Access point
1) Linksys EZXS88W 10/100 Switch
1) Dell PowerConnect 2724-R5 Gigabit Switch
1) Zinwell WB-616 Multi Switch
12) Enforcer SD997B Electronic Deadbolt
Hunter Douglas Motorized Shades
1) Da-Lite 127.5" HC Cinema Perf Screen
2) Pioneer PDP5010FD Television
1) Sony VPL-VW60 Projector and Lamp
1) Sony Bracket
1) Sony KDL-52XBR5 Television
1) Sony KDL-46XBR5 Television
1) Sony KDL-40XBR4 Television
2) Sony KDL-40V3000 Television
1) Sony KDL-W3000 Television
1) Sony KDL-26M4000 Television
1) Peerless IM760PU In-Wall Mount
2) Sanus Systems VMPL3b Bracket
6) Strong Mount Bracket
2) B&W 686 Speakers
2) B&W 685 Speakers
10) B&W CCM-618 In-Ceiling Speakers
18) B&W CCM-80 In-Ceiling Speakers
2) B&W CCM-818 In-Wall Speakers
4) B&W CCM-817 In-Wall Speakers
3) B&W SIG-8NT In-Wall Speakers
4) B&W CWM800 In-Wall Speakers
2) B&W CWM-LCR7 In-Wall Speakers
4) B&W FPM6 Speakers
2) B&W FPM5 Speakers
2) B&W WM-4 Speakers
4) B&W XT-2 Speakers
2) B&W M-1 Speakers
2) Artison Masterpiece Speakers
2) Artison Sketch Speakers
2) Rockustics Octorock Pool Speakers
2) Episode A4 Rock Speakers
3) Middle Atlantic 5-37 Equipment Rack
1) Kaleidescape KSERVER-1500
2) Kaleidescape KPLAYER-5000 Movie Player
2) Velodyne DD-12 Subwoofer
1) Velodyne DLS-5000 Subwoofer
1) Rotel RSX-1067 Receiver
2) Apple iPad 16GB WiFi and dock
2) AppleTV
1) RTI RP1RF Gateway
1) Polk Audio XM Tuner
1) Terk XM6 Antenna
1) Terk XM Antenna Amplifier
1) DirecTV 5 LNB Dish
4) DirecTV HR21 HD DVR
3) Opti-UPS ES1500C UPS System
12) Xantech CB18 Connecting Block
8) Xantech 789-44 Connecting Block
1) Jandy 7620 RS Serial Adaptor
1) Black Box RS-485 Optical Isolator
1) Black Box SP601A Surge Protector
1) Panasonic KX-TAW848 KSU Phone System
1) Panasonic KX-TAW84893 Caller ID Card
1) Panasonic KX-TAW84876 8 Port Expansion Card
4) Panasonic KX-T0151 2 Channel Cell Unit
8) Panasonic KX-TD7737-B Wired Handset
4) Panasonic KX-TD7684 Cordless Phone
2) Berkline C090-53 Console Recliner
4) Berkline C090-54 Console Recliner
4) Berkline 52 RF Arm Recliner
2) Berkline 53 LF Arm Recliner

Installation Info
Systems Design & Installation:
Atlanta Home Theater, Roswell, Ga.,
RJ Custom Homes, Canton, Ga., 678-493-0371
Bryan Residential Planning,

Project Details
Home Size: 25,000 square feet
Cost: $500,000 (includes installation and labor)
Project Duration: 15 months
Construction: New

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