Projects
Hands Free Haven
Take a look inside a faboulous project we recently completed! Fully automated including motorized shades, motorized door locks, Thermostats, Truely HANDS FREE Lighting, Audio/Video, Security & More Secrets.



When we first were approached by this client regarding his custom home he was filled with skepticism about why a custom integrator was necessary. During his research he found that almost every piece of technology he was considering offered its own control App. Since he is a retired technical engineer who worked on industrial automation systems all over the world he felt like he could run a few wires himself, buy the equipment online & connect it to a wireless network & use the factory Apps. He had hand drawn his own lighting layout that consisted of a labyrinth of 3, 4 & 5 way switching locations that would have been an eyesore & complicated to use. Once we presented a few scenarios explaining how using all the different Apps would be frustrating & limiting the client gave us an opportunity to give him a “One App” Home!



To sell home automation of any nature we have to offer a slew of undeniable features. For us we focus on our “Hands Free” techniques. What we offer our clients is a unique style of variable based authentic automation that runs the home for the customer with no input or programming needed once set up. Besides the time saving convenience our programming is also always trying to save energy. We allow the client to choose light levels, thermostat set points, shade settings, Security & even door lock preferences for when they are home & away at different times of day or year.



How this works is if they are home the system knows because of strategically placed occupancy sensors in ‘every’ area of the home. If it is daytime the system knows to not waste energy turning on lights in areas lit with sunlight. During late-night the pathway lights barely turn on, dimming the (All LED) lights to a safe but not annoying 4%. The thermostat programming works on the traditional 4 time of day you are used to but the big kicker is when the owners are not home the system falls back to an unoccupied setting proactively saving energy. So even if they are just out late for dinner or away for a weekend the house does not require any input from the client. It will shut its own lights off, set the temperatures back, close & lock doors, arm the security & operate the motorized shades to maximize solar heat gain depending on time of year.



Keeping in mind we were working with a skeptical client we worked hard to keep the budget down by using the affordable but amazingly capable Control4 system. Also we avoided the need for a centralized HDMI matrix by using a combination of Tivo Minis & Apple TV’s locally located behind each of 5 TVs. With this they are able to pull any TV recording from the Tivo Roamio to any TV in the house. Also the Apple TV’s feel like a virtual matrix because they have access to all their iTunes purchases, Netflix account & of course much more all at the same time from every location. We used simple Digital to Analog converters to send audio back to the Control4 integrated audio matrix. Last but not least we used “His & Hers” Sonos music players to serve up a very user friendly experience through the new Control4-Extra Vegetables Sonos driver.



Other unique features of the project are the vehicle detection system in the driveway chiming a particular alert when someone pulls up through the distributed audio system. Door bell also integrated into the distributed audio system. Garage door sensing & triggering system, Motorized door locks on key doors. Security system covering burglar, smoke, carbon monoxide, low-temp/freeze & water detectors. Every light in the house is LED & is Dimmable. Motorized Shades for both privacy & solar heat gain control over 90% of the windows. Beautiful & expensive Satin Nickel & Venetian Bronze Control4 Faceplates on the light switches & visible outlets. Centralized Thermostats with remote sensors to cut down on wall clutter since it is easy to make any adjustment necessary from the App. Even the fireplaces are integrated with the App & appropriate timers. Power protection behind each TV & on all A/V equipment. Hidden under bed subwoofer in Master Suite.



After it was all done the client told me that even though he wanted control from many wall buttons he was sad he had us put so many in because he does not use any of them:)











Square Footage: 4500
Equipment:
Shades:
Hunter Douglas Q x 20

Control:
Control4 C4-HC800-BL,Control4 Home Controller x 1
Control4 C4-IOX-E-B,Control4 Input/output Extender x 2
Control4 C4-SR250-Z-B,Control4 Handheld Wand Remote Control x 5


Lighting:
Control4 C4-4SF120-,Wireless Fan Speed Controller x 4
Control4 C4-APD120-,Wireless Adaptive Phase Dimmer x 26
Control4 C4-KA-,Auxiliary Keypad x 3
Control4 C4-KD120-,Wireless Keypad Dimmer x 21
Control4 LOZ-5D1-WH Wireless Outlet Dimmer 2
Control4 C4-SW120277-,Wireless Switch x 10

HVAC
Control4 CCZ-T1-W,Wireless Thermostat x 6

Audio/Video:
DVD Player: Sony BDP-S3200 Q x 2
TV: Sony 32” Q x 2
SANUS: VSF409 9" Articulating TV Wall Mount Q x 2
TV: Sony 40” Q x 2
Sanus: MF215 TV Wall Mount Q x 2
TV: Sony 55” Q x 1
Audio/Video Receiver: Sony STR-DA1800ES
Music Server: Sonos Q x 2
Optical Digital To Analog Audio Converter Q x 5
Antennas Direct Clear Stream 2 TV Antenna connected to TIVO
Cable Box: Tivo Roamio
Cable Box: Tivo Mini x 4
Media Player: Apple TV x 5
Distributed Amp: Control4 8x8 C4-16AMP3-B


Speakers:
Definitive Technology
Outdoor Speakers: Definitive Technology AW5500,All Weather Outdoor x 3 Pair
In Ceiling Speakers: Definitive Technology, DI 6.5R,Round In-wall/in-ceiling Speaker x 1 Pair (Master Bedroom)
In Ceiling Speakers: Definitive Technology,DI 6.5STR x 2 (Master Bath, Guest Bath)
In Ceiling Speakers: Definitive Technology,UIW 63/A,Round Coaxial In-wall/in-ceiling Speaker x 7 Pairs (Distributed Audio)
SoundBar: Definitive Technology, Mythos XTR-SSA3
Subwoofer: Sunfire SDS-10 (Living Room)
Subwoofer: Sonance VP10SUB (Under Master Bed)

Security:
Dsc
DOOR SENSOR AMP-704,Door Sensor x 6
DSC CO DETECTOR,Wired Co Detector x 3
IT-100,Powerseries RS232 Integration Module x 1
MOTION SENSOR BV-300,Pir Motion Detector x 2
PC1832,Powerseries 8-32 Zone Control Panel x 1
RFK5501,64 Zone LCD Picture Icon Keypad x 1
SMOKE DETECTOR FSA-210,Wired Photoelectric Smoke Detector x 7
WATER SENSOR,Water Sensor x 2
Low Temperature Sensor x 1
DOOR CONTACT,Garage Door Contact x 2
OUTDOOR MOTION SENSOR x 1
OCCUPANCY,Dual Technology Motion Detector x 17
Yale Automated Door Lock Dead Bolt x 1
Cartell CT-2B Short Driveway Vehicle Detection System

Rack:
Sanus CFR2127,55' Tall AV Rack For Home Theater Equipment x 1

Networking:
Netgear WIRELESS NETWORK ROUTER
Netgear NETWORK SWITCH 8 PORT
Ubiquiti Unifi AP - Wireless access point

Power Protection:
Panamax: M4315-PRO Programmable Power Conditioner
SANUS: ELM205 Flat-panel High Definition Power Conditioner x 5


Cables: Liberty Wire & Kramer HDMI