Denny Hamlin is an American stock car racing driver with a need for speed. When he’s not competing in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, he’s enjoying his new 30,000-square-foot home in Lake Norman, N.C., that features an indoor basketball court, bowling alley, race and golf simulator, home theater, helicopter pad, and more.
Seeking Synchronized Control
During the home’s building process in late 2016, Hamlin wanted to incorporate one central interface to control all of his home’s electronic subsystems and sophisticated entertainment setup. After a recommendation from Thompson Custom Home Builder, he called on local technology integration firm Interactive Interiors to design a fast and reliable automation system to meet his many objectives. “Denny Hamlin is familiar with control because he had used a different system in a past home, but wasn’t happy with the complexity of the interface and the issues that kept arising,” says Brian Berg, president of Interactive Interiors. “He asked me to install the most reliable and easiest to use system on the market, and I confidently suggested ELAN.”
The Interactive Interiors team built the residence’s entire smart home infrastructure on an ELANEntertainment & Control System. The installed system includes two ELAN gSC10 controllers, four ELAN g1 controllers, two ELAN S1616A multi-zone audio controllers, and one ELANgMV1616 UltraMatrix switcher, accessible via 12 ELAN 7-inch touchpanels and 16 ELAN remotes located throughout the home. Hamlin also installed the ELAN app on his smartphone for remote access to the systems while he is on the road. From the app he can control the home’s lighting, 32 zones of audio, video, and security, from anywhere at any time.
“Interactive interiors did a phenomenal job of quickly and efficiently installing the ELAN system into the home,” says Ted Thompson, president of Thompson Custom Home Builder. “Sometimes, programmers work for months on end when implementing a smart home infrastructure of this size and magnitude. But the installation process and the system configuration was totally seamless.”
25 TVs Pull Content from Central Entertainment Rack
With ELAN at the helm, the Interactive Interiors team designed an extensive entertainment system on a whole-home Ubiquiti wireless network for Hamlin to enjoy during his time off the racetrack. Throughout the spacious residence, they installed 24 Samsung 60-inch televisions, both indoors and outdoors, as well as a Samsung 88-inch curved screen TV in the home’s central media room.
They also built and designed a central home theater, complete with a 110-inch matte white projection screen with a black velvet frame, and an accompanying Sony SXRD video projector equipped with 4K Ultra HD resolution at a 16:9 ratio. “We worked closely with the custom cabinet builder to create 55-inch panels surrounding the theater screen so that Hamlin can watch five independent channels at the same time, which is ideal for enjoying different races or games simultaneously,” Berg says. “Together, we also designed a custom wood frame around the screen with embedded Lutron lighting, all of which is automated through the ELAN system.”
Fusing Design and Technology
Incorporating custom design elements with the home’s technology was common throughout the installation process. Interactive Interiors worked closely with interior designer Scott Carpenter to integrate unique accents to shield or show technology on a case-by-case basis.
“Denny wanted the overall design aesthetic to be clean, simple and contemporary,” Carpenter explains. “In addition to the unique architectural and design elements we incorporated, we also played with technology to achieve our goal. We installed custom-built LED lighting strips across many of the home’s moldings, especially for the home’s art gallery wall.”
According to Carpenter, technology absolutely impacts design and it is therefore important to use it in a way that enhances – rather than inhibits – creativity. “All of the home’s components need to fit together like a puzzle,” he notes. “We really were able to use the technology, and the instant and automatic control, to accentuate particular elements that we wanted to emphasize.”
Security and Reliabity–Check!
Hamlin also wanted a reliable and extensive security system to protect his family and his property while he is on the road. Interactive Interiors integrated into the Elan system a Holovision doorbell, intercom and camera at the front door to enable Hamlin to check in on the front door from anywhere in the home, or the world. A whole-home indoor and outdoor GE security system was integrated into the system for maximum protection.
So far, Hamlin is thrilled with his new smart home and hasn’t experienced any of the previous problems he had with automation. “Denny really wanted to be able to control all of the home’s elements without fuss or complication,” Thompson says. “I would absolutely recommend that builders, integrators and homeowners use ELAN when they are looking for seamless control.”
“ELAN ties all of my home’s components together and makes them accessible from anywhere in the world,” Hamlin says. “I couldn’t be happier with how the system turned out.”