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A Lakeside Retreat…

Location

The family asked Dream Systems to furnish a whole home control system that would be hidden in appearance and easy to control in their lakeside vacation home.

The Opportunity/Challenge

The client does business from his home office which was located about the family room. He asked for us to provide a luxury private cinema for the children. This would require soundproofing so that his home office above would remain quiet, enabling him to make phone calls and conduct his business at home in a peaceful, professional manner. We were also asked to pre-wire for any conceivable option for future needs. 17 zones of Heating and Cooling as well as the security needed to be controlled. The family wanted remote access to their systems allowing for monitoring and control from anywhere in the world. No components were to be visible, such as DVD Players, Satellite Receivers, and Surround Sound. All items needed to look stealth, including a 60″ television which remains concealed in the Great Room floor when not in use so the lake view remains unobstructed.

Project Requirements

  • Soundproof the cinema & future-proof all systems
  • Control multiple sources and zones Enable remote access to all systems
  • Subtle and unnoticed component installation

Our Solution

Dream Systems designed the complete system, partnering with the Architect on some wonderful and innovative solutions. Dream Theatres isolated the Private Home Cinema from the rest of the home and delivered a 10 seat theatre with a True Cinemascope Screen. Our acoustic solution for the Cinema not only kept it quiet in the adjoining rooms, but also really brought the movie experience home. The powered curtain, candy counter, and the proper equipment and design contributed to this feeling. Pressing play on the DVD Page of the wireless remote dims the lights automatically sets the temperature automatically, and plays the movie. 24 zones of audio, a DVD and music library, and 7 satellite receivers were all hidden in a centralized rack in the control room, hidden from view. Every room is controlled by the In-Room Touchscreens, keypads, or Wireless Remotes… even the Guest Bathroom. Low profile Pelco cameras were placed in strategic locations to view the full perimeter and to notify the clients of any entries. The climate control and security systems were all tied into the Touchscreens to minimize wall acne and simplify operation of all zones. The entire home is capable of being controlled remotely, resulting in energy savings as well as peace of mind. To satisfy the family’s love of music and art Dream Theatres integrated an outstanding audio and video system in each room, theatre, and outdoor entertaining areas.

A Truly Smart Home…

Location

Spec Home sold by the builder as ‘wired for a smart home’ yet only pre-wired for phones, security, and cable to be upgraded with ACTUAL Smart Home benefits managed by an effortless control system.

The Opportunity/Challenge

Our client, frustrated by systems put in by other installers in previous homes because of their overly complicated nature, wanted all the luxuries and capability of lighting control, as well as audio in every room of the home but with total ease of operation. The clients’ love of entertaining and music led the project to include 24 zones of audio in the outdoor Pond/Dock areas and throughout the home, 16 TV Locations within the home, and 2 TV locations in the outdoor Patio. Since the client lives alone, security was a concern as well as being able to view her system remotely and turn the lights on from her cell phone before arriving home. Upon completion of the Guest Home all systems were to be tied together for even more simplification.

Project Requirements

  • Full lighting and whole house audio and video control
  • Outdoor audio and video zones
  • Remote access and control
  • Ease of use for homeowner and guests
  • Complete integration of all systems in every location, including temperature & security

Our Solution

Many ‘behind the scenes’ tasks had to be accomplished as this project was remodel in nature. Dream Theatres had to design and engineer a system that would be installed efficiently with the end result being as simple as a one button operation. Since the contractor did not wire for a smart home, Dream Theatres fabricated and fished the ‘digital plumbing’ throughout the home to achieve the infrastructure necessary in a Smart Home. The client enjoys having all the TV’s on at once as well as the audio playing in every room so we enabled the press of one button when she leaves the home to turn off all the audio and TV’s in the home, dim the lights to the “Away” scene, arm the security system, and adjust the temperature setting accordingly. There’s no need to regulate everything in each individual room. Likewise, upon returning home, one press turns everything on. Lighting control is present in every room as well as management of Christmas lighting and the boathouse lighting and security. The client’s conclusion is that this home is simpler than any home she’s ever owned and simpler than systems costing thousands less. Proper design, engineering, and project management of this system accomplished this mutual goal.

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