Tucked into the lower level of an 8,000-square-foot smart home in San Antonio, Texas, is a dream gym designed for both health and tech buffs. The 420-square-foot room is fully equipped with four workout machines and a weight lifting station, making a trip to a public gym unnecessary. The right wall is surfaced with floor-to-ceiling mirrors, while inspiring artwork hangs on the other three walls. A door leads to a private music room in the back corner, so going from burning calories to making beats is a piece of cake.
Systems Design & Installation
Captive Audio, Austin, Texas
- Wall of mirrors turns into a TV at the touch of a button
- Wireless headphones tap into whole-house music system
- Plenty of ways to control the space: keypad, mobile app, and handheld remote
There’s a lot more to this workout space than meets the eye, however. The homeowners desired an open, uncluttered, stress-free space to escape, and that meant including some great audio and video components. Captive Audio, Ltd., of Austin, Texas, was able to deliver the A/V goods, which includes four Sonance speakers and two subwoofers cleanly and inconspicuously installed in the Venetian plaster ceilings.
The focal point of the exercise area, though, is a 65-inch Seura mirror TV that was installed into a 272-by-107-inch wall equipped with matching mirrored panels. The 11 panels were completely customized, hand-cut, and meticulously installed to create a seamless wall of mirrors that would make anyone want to jump on the treadmill. When the A/V equipment is off, the mirrors function as mirrors; but when the owners activate the 8×8 Crestron DigitalMedia video distribution system, a portion of the mirrored wall turns into a fully-functional display, from which content from Apple TV, gaming consoles, three cable boxes, a media server, and 20 surveillance cameras can be viewed.
The homeowners are able to control all of the A/V components (as well as Lutron LED track lighting) in their workout room (and the electronic components in other rooms of their house) by using a Crestron LCD wireless remote, a Smart Graphic app on their iPhones and iPads, and TRUFIG wall-mounted keypads (commands issued by these control devices are carried out by a Crestron PRO3 processer). Preset and individual His, Her, and Kids favorite cable options are available at the press of a button, and there isn’t even a need to compromise on the type of workout entertainment, thanks to individual wireless headphones connected to the home’s Wi-Fi network: While he is lifting weights and watching the evening news she can be listening to her favorite Pandora station on the elliptical machine. Working out and staying fit is a task that takes time, effort, and motivation, and this workout room is the perfect environment to take on that challenge. EH