Music System Upgrade Turns into Home Media OverhaulWhat started as a simple addition to an existing music system turned into a complete system overhaul. 11/14/2006 10:29 AM Eastern
Music System Upgrade Turns into Home Media Overhaul
Nov 14, 2006 3:29 PM
The following information is courtesy of the 2005 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designers' Choice Awards. For more information on how to become a member of CEDIA, or information on its awards program please visit www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329.
2005 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Winner
Designers Choice Awards: Best Intergrated Home
Level IV ($300,001-400,000)
What started as a simple addition to an existing music system turned into a complete system overhaul. The first phase of Starr Systems Design’s (SSD) contract involved adding music and a plasma TV to an exercise room. The team’s next task was to redesign and re-install the family room media system. The master bedroom soon followed with a new media system, and then a master bath renovation required a music, lighting control, and television installation. The clients were so impressed by the new systems that they asked SSD to upgrade the Lutron lighting control system, the whole-house music and control system, and eventually the home theater. Simply put, the client wanted everything to be state-of-the-art and, more importantly, integrate seamlessly into the family’s lifestyle.
The client was an active family of five includes a husband and wife and their three children. The husband is a successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist. The entire family is socially conscious and deeply involved in their community and several local charitable associations. The home is almost always filled with friends and family, so creating a functional system was a must.
The SSD team had several challenges in the install process. They were working with wiring that was installed by another contractor several years ago, and it was not very well documented. In many cases, wiring did not exist where it was needed. Obviously, a home with this level of fit and finish presents a significant retrofit challenge. The client had asked that none of the home’s systems (music, television, data network, lighting control, motorized draperies, the home theater, surveillance cameras, etc.) be down for more than one day. To make matters worse, the homeowners wanted the new home theater completed over a two-week period while they were away on vacation.
Although we knew it would be easier to rip-out the old system and start from scratch, in order to meet the clients’ requests, the installers had to install the upgrades one phase at a time. This required extremely detailed planning, scheduling, and project management, as well as constant communication with the clients. Using AMX’s Netlinx products enabled them to do a tremendous amount of preparation offsite—effectively replicating segments of the client’s systems in SSD’s offices. They systematically upgraded each system in the home, adding features and improving performance throughout the process.
The finished installation consisted of an eighteen-seat home theater, a combination of AMX wired and wireless touchpanels and keypads provide access to music, television, lighting, motorized draperies, and the home’s surveillance cameras. The surveillance camera system provides realtime local and remote monitoring and recording of six cameras installed throughout the property. A Lutron Homeworks lighting control system provides convenient operation of indoor and outdoor lighting, while the ReQuest media server and XM Satellite Radio tuner provide the family access to all of their favorite music at the touch of a button.Equipment list
|Time and Expertise Worksheet|
|Electronic Design and Engineering:||24|
|Proposal and System Documentation Preparation:||18|
|Shop Time for Racking and Testing:||33|
|Final Installation and Calibration:||279|
|Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company:||6|
|Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others:||40|
|Project Management by Others:||12|
|Other time: builder's interior designs, drawings done on paper:||0|
|Total Hours to Complete:||931|