This Arkansas home features a dedicated “dual systems rack” that houses all of the electronics that are distributed throughout the home, for a truly “connected” technology experience.
The equipment had to be relocated to a secluded area of the guest room because the homeowners needs kept growing as their knowledge of what was possible expanded, according to Wallace Hattenhauer of local custom electronics pro HomeTroniX.
Features include a dedicated video server from Axonix to store an ever-expanding DVD and Blu-ray Disc collection; Control4 Home Controllers with access to both local digital audio files as well as the “Digital Jukebox In The Sky” known as Rhapsody; five Dish Network HD Receivers; 32 channels of amplification; and HDTV Video Matrix Switching.
Aside from the audio and video, the homeowners have unprecedented access to control of all 100+ lights , all four HVAC units to keep, access to the security system and surveillance systems from all rooms, and audio distributed to every corner of the house, “loud and clear, thanks to 32 Klipsch in-ceiling speakers,” notes Hattenhauer.
If all that’s not enough to keep your technology juices flowing, there is also a multipurpose theater room that includes motorized Draper shades, a motorized Draper tab-tensioned screen, a motorized projector housing, motorized center-channel speaker that rises from the stage.
“The design was incorporated to not only allow the best movie experience possible, but also to provide a place for Karaoke and stand up performances including stage-theater,” says Hattenhauer.
The exterior rocks almost as hard as the theater. “When you just can’t find anything else to do inside, you get to make your way out to the pool where you will be greeted by thumping sound provided by ‘The World’s Largest, Purpose-Built Outdoor Subwoofer,’ the ‘WhereWOOF’ designed and built by Rockustics,” Hattenhauer adds. “Accompanying the massive stone-like structure are three Klipsch outdoor Rock speakers for an amazing outdoor acoustical environment. The homeowner plans to complete the building of a poolhouse, outfitted with an outdoor theater later this year.”
The security system is also connected to the Control4 system, allowing all of the security sensors to function as “triggers” that activate specific events based on need. “For example, when the alarm is disarmed, a lighting scene is activated to light up the house - but only if it is after sunset, not during the day,” Hattenhauer explains. “If the alarm were to activate in an emergency, all lights in the house will come on, allowing the ability to see where you need to.”
There are also Draper motorized shades installed in the master bathroom, coupled with Control4 lighting for simple, one-touch “mood setting” of a relaxing bath.
And to top it all off, the homeowners can use their iPhones for double-duty control of the entire technology show, thanks to an app from Control4.
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