Home automation systems often blend into their surroundings, and that’s a good thing. But sometimes, as was the case with the owner of this 13,000-square-foot Las Vegas abode, technology deserves to be shown off. And the best place for design and integration team from Lifetronic Systems, of Westport, Conn., to showcase the brawn, brains, and beauty of the Control4 system that manages the sights, sounds, lighting, shades, fountains, security, and other elements, was in a custom-designed racing simulator room. Created as a reflection of the owner’s passion for race car driving, the room features a high-tech simulator for track cars … as well as three full racks of automation gear. To complement the racing theme, each of the 42-space racks were designed to match the simulator and racing equipment: black, yellow labels, and red fans. When the owner starts his race, the lights dim and the shades lower for effect.
Technology In Disguise
This same level of customization is carried throughout the rest of the house, but in other rooms, the technology goes completely unnoticed, as flat-panel TVs masquerade as artwork (Vutec Artscreen) and mirrors (Seura). Elsewhere, underwater swimming pool speakers (Clark Synthesis), motorized doors that can only be open with a code, and 40 surveillance cameras pervade the property. A Lutron HomeWorks system teams up with the Control4 system to control the home’s lights, window treatments, and seven gas fireplaces.
Command from all Corners
Given the sheer number of devices placed under the supervision of the Control4 automation system, the owners would require plenty of ways to engage with the system’s control platform for on-the-spot command over anything and everything in and around the house. Lifetronic Systems appropriately outfitted the residence with a total of 30 Control4 touchscreens, which includes a combination of wall-mounted and portable units. The Control4 mobile app, found on smartphones and tablets, can handle the same tricks when the owner is on the go. Naturally, Lifetronic Systems designed the automation scenarios around the homeowner’s unique needs and comfortability with technology, but took the extra step by creating a step-by-step instructional video on how to use the system for guests to view on an iPad.
Even when the owners are relaxing in their well-appointed back yard, control is never an issue, thanks to a commercial-grade Ruckus Wireless Wi-Fi System. Access points strategically positioned by Lifetronic Systems ensure that commands issued from mobile devices reach the Control4 home automation processors inside without a hitch. Whether they owners and their guests are lounging by the swimming pool, enjoying dinner on the patio, or relaxing by the outdoor fireplace in the evening, music is as their fingertips. They can cue up music from any audio component inside the house and have it delivered to Episode speakers planted within the landscape and/or Clark Synthesis underwater speakers in the swimming pool. Video can travel to the outdoors, too, and is presented by a 55-inch weatherproof Seura Storm TV with a matching Serua soundbar and surround-sound speakers mounted to the ceiling of the cabana. Two Episode subwoofers planted in the ground ensure that bass is never lacking during the action scenes of a movie.