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Summer Home Has Hundreds of Tech Goodies
This second home is packed with enough technology to keep guests entertained through those endless summer nights -- and beyond.
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February 25, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

Some homes aren’t happy with just one cool room. This homeowner wanted it all—after all, who doesn’t? The goal was to provide a state-of-the-art integrated whole-house system that would include control of audio, video, lighting and window treatments, HVAC, radiant floor heat, security, the pool, and more. 

This setup includes that and much more, including control of every system from any touchscreen throughout the home. However, the homeowners can also reach the system beyond the scope of the home’s network. 

See, this is actually a summer home, with the occasional off-season weekend visit. Instead of worrying about whether they left the heat or lights on, the homeowners wanted remote control of systems such as climate and security. It helped that custom integrators Innerspace Electronics had worked with the owners before, and knew how they liked to use technology.

Their previous experience also granted them a bit of carte blanche in their installation endeavors. The only requirement was that the theater and other home controls needed to appear as cool as their surroundings. The owners were giddy about their new geek purchases, so nothing needed to be concealed, as long as it was creative. “Technology and consumer electronics is a passion for the client,” says Barry Evan Reiner, president of Innerspace Electronics. “The system design process included many meetings to ascertain system requirements. Final equipment choices were chosen as a collaborative effort.”

The end result included control over 26 thermostat zones as well as a high-end home theater that can produce a 1080p picture and killer surround sound. The owners also wanted high-quality acoustic performance and sound isolation. 

For this, Innerspace called in an acoustic consultant who was able to optimize the room by means of a proprietary computer program. The program created a paradise effect by identifying various RPG panels on the wall. These panels included absorbers and BAD panels. Also, the forward wall was acoustically designed to use the custom cabinetry as a natural diffuser. 

The equipment was placed on elegantly visible racks at the back of the media room. Being that it was a new construction, Innerspace could easily choose the amount of space needed to get the job done. They even installed a climate-controlled projection booth to keep the projector running cool—and quiet. 

Of course, if they want to get a little loud elsewhere, there are a total of 16 high-def flat panels all over the house, which includes in the powder room outside the home theater. This screen is also hooked into the home theater, so you can take “a break” without missing a minute of the movie. 

The firm also designed, provided and installed the home’s personal computers, broadband network and a telephone/intercom system.

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Equipment List

AudioControl Architect 560 Amplifiers (5)
Boston Acoustics SUB10F
Denon AVR 3806 (2)
Denon DVD 2910
Fujitsu P50XHA40US Plasma
JBL Synthesis-Two System
Meridian G-98 DH CD/DVD
Pioneer PDP-4360HD Plasmas (2)
ReQuest F 4500 Media Server
Runco VX-2C Projector
Sharp LC-15S1US LCD TVs (2)
Sharp LC-20S4U LCD TVs (4)
Sonance Mariner 63 (2)
Sonance Merlot 422M (4)
Sonance Symphony 623 SSTR (4)
Sonance Virtuoso 831D (2)
Sony CDP-CE375 CD Changer
Sony DVP-NS975V SACD Players (8)
Sony KLV-S26A10 LCD TVs (4)
Sony KLV-S32A10 LCD TVs (2)
Sony SLV-N900 VCRs (3)
SpeakerCraft AIM LCR3
SpeakerCraft AIM Monitor Three (2)
SpeakerCraft CRS6 Two (2)
SpeakerCraft MT6 Four (6)
SpeakerCraft MT6 Two (8)
Stewart Filmscreen EMSN135HST13WX
Triad In-Wall Bronze/4 Power Subwoofer
Triad In-Wall Bronze/6 Power Subwoofer
Triad In-Wall Gold/4 Omni Speakers (4)
Triad In-Wall Silver Omni Speakers (8)
Triad In-Wall Silver/4 Omni Speakers (8)

Home Control
Crestron C2ENET1 Ethernet Cards (2)
Crestron C2N-RTHS Sensor
Crestron C2N-SPWS300 Power Supply
Crestron C2N-TAMWX Tuner
Crestron C2N-TFM Tuner
Crestron CHV-RTHS Sensors (15)
Crestron CHV-RTS Sensors (14)
Crestron CHV-THSTAT Sensors (15)
Crestron CHV-TSTAT Sensors (20)
Crestron CNX-BIPAD8 Audio Distribution Processors (3)
Crestron CT-1000 Touchpanels (2)
Crestron Pro2 Control Systems (2)
Crestron PW-2410RU Power Supplies (2)
Crestron ST-CP2E (2)
Crestron STX-1700C Touchpanels (4)
Crestron STX-1700CXP Touchpanel
Crestron TPMC-10 Touchpanels (2)
Crestron TPS-12 Touchpanels (2)
Crestron TPS-2000L Touchpanels (14)
Universal Remote Control MX-3000 (2)

Lighting Control
Lutron H8-P5-MI-H48-120
Lutron HP-2 (2)
Lutron HP-4
Lutron HWI-CCO-8
Lutron HWI-LV17-120
Lutron HWI-LV32120
Lutron HWI-MI-120 (5)
Lutron HWI-PNL5 (2)
Lutron HWI-PNL8 (4)
Lutron HWI-PS
Lutron HWI-Q96
Lutron HWI-RPM-4U-120 (38)
Lutron HWI-WLB (10)
Lutron HW-RPM-4FSQ-120 (2)
Lutron HW-RPM-4R-120 (2)
Lutron Maestro HD-RD
Lutron Maestro HD-RS (2)
Lutron Maestro HWD-10D (9)
Lutron Maestro HWD-8ANS (11)
Lutron NGRX-PB (7)
Lutron SC-1 (76)
Lutron SC-2 (2)
Lutron Sivoia QED Roller 100 (29)
Lutron STWD-6BRL (53)

Linksys EZXS55W 5-Port Switches (3)
Linksys RV016 Router
Linksys WAP54G Access Points (8)
Netgear FS-116 Ethernet Switch
Panasonic KX-T7625 Speakerphones (2)
Panasonic KX-T7633 Phones (26)
Panasonic KX-T7680 Speakerphones (4)
Panasonic KX-TDA200 PBX Phone System

Active Thermal Management System 1
APC Smart UPS SU700R2B
Black Box IC422A-R2 (8)
Chief FWD-110 Wall Mounts (4)
Chief PCM-2241 Ceiling Mount
Chief PDR-U Wall Mounts (2)
Chief PLP-2083 Wall Mount
Middle Atlantic  DWR-18-22 Racks (2)
Middle Atlantic  MRK-4426 Racks (2)
OnQ H4-363475A01
OnQ H4-363476A01 (5)
OnQ H4-363486A01 (4)
Peerless SAL730P Mounts (4)
Terk FM Pro Antenna

Systems and Room Design
InnerSpace Electronics Inc.
Port Chester, NY

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