The clients insisted that they wanted the benefits of technology, but with virtually no aesthetic impact on the property. Their architect had produced a minimal, contemporary design and was keen for the focus to be on the ocean views and not technology. The clients loved the idea of streaming media to all areas of the home but it was imperative that the solution was easy to use. Our brief included:

  • distributed media
  • fully adjustable lighting
  • sophisticated security system
  • climate control including automated shading

Our solution was an integrated design that allowed all elements to be easily controlled, with only a single interface needing to be learned.

Technology & product solutions

We knew early on that the best solution for this client was Control4. It allows full automation of their lighting, shading, security, and audiovisual systems. They loved the simplicity of using the MyHome App and we recommended Control4 remotes for all AV areas and conveniently-located touchscreens on each level.

Accessing their media in any room was very important to our client, so we designed an AV distribution system managed by Control4. This gave them access via the touchscreen or their mobile device to digital radio, iTunes, CDs and streaming services in 10 audio zones, while Foxtel, Blu-ray, Apple TV and Plex were available on all six TVs.

Shortly before installation, we recommended that the clients upgrade from an HDMI matrix switch to newer HDBaseT technology. This offered the benefits of faster video switching between media sources (e.g. Foxtel and Apple TV) and greater reliability. The distribution system also allowed us to house most of the hardware in a rack, reducing the aesthetic impact on the home. Stealth Acoustics speakers were installed throughout to ensure music could be heard and not seen.

To keep wall-mounted devices to a minimum, we implemented a Dynalite system that not only controlled lighting, but also ceiling fans, blinds, louvres, privacy glass and the garage roller door. Dynalite was then fully integrated with Control4 to allow the clients to activate their chosen scenes via iPad or touchscreen.

The intercom was custom designed using an Aiphone door station connected to a PABX. In order to show video on their touchscreens, we installed a miniature IP camera that activates as soon as the doorbell is pushed. We also installed IP cameras at the front and back of the house as a security measure which the clients are able to view on their iPhone when away from home.

Installation solutions

Considering the required minimal aesthetic impact of the system, we needed to be very innovative in our installation techniques. Most of the brackets used for mounting audio and security equipment were custom made from stainless steel and powder coated to withstand the sea air.

The Media Room was a stunning feature of the home with a beautiful internal sandstone wall. To meet the architect’s design requirements, we needed to make the TV ‘float’ on the wall and have the speakers be as discrete as possible. This was achieved using Stealth Acoustics for the left, right and surround channels and a K-Array centre speaker floating underneath the TV.

The outdoor entertaining area was particularly difficult to accommodate for sound without impacting the stunning features. In fact, the architect insisted that he didn’t want to see anything, so even discretely-positioned rock speakers were out of the question. After being shown the ceiling design, we proposed the neat integration of K-Array speakers into the timber slats together with a low profile subwoofer mounted under a floating granite bench so it was fully hidden from view. We custom made all brackets and painted them black so they disappeared into the shadows between the slats.

In the basement bedrooms, we were asked to come up with a way of concealing the controllers and HDMI boxes behind the TVs. We designed a reveal to fit an architrave general power outlet, network and coaxial point and also allow each TV to sit flush to the wall. The acoustically-lined MDF housing prevented sound leakage to adjoining rooms.

Outcome

In projects with exceptionally high focus on aesthetics, it can be challenging to provide performance and functionality without compromise. This installation involved a significant level of complexity in meeting the clients’ and architect’s vision, while maintaining the integrity of the system as a whole. Our extreme attention to detail and a willingness to think outside the box meant that everyone’s goals were met – including ours!

Location: Palm Beach, NSW Australia

Completion Date: December 2012

General

General

  • Dynalite Whole House Lighting Control
  • Ness M1 Gold Security System
  • Panasonic PABX Telephone System

First floor

First floor

Master bedroom

  • Samsung UA40ES6800 LED TV
  • Stealth Acoustic LR8 Invisible Speakers
  • Ultralift SPN-042 Spartan motorized lift
  • Onkyo BD-SP309B Blu-ray Player
  • Leaf LTB1 Active Break out Point

Master walk in robe

  • Stealth Acoustic LR6 Invisible Speakers

Master balcony

  • Stealth Acoustic LR8 Invisible Speakers

Master ensuite

  • Stealth Acoustic SLR8 Single-Stereo Invisible Speaker

Ground floor

Ground floor

Living room

  • Stealth Acoustic LR3 Invisible Speakers

Dining room

  • Stealth Acoustic LR3 Invisible Speakers

Kitchen

  • Stealth Acoustic LR3 Invisible Speakers
  • Samsung UA32ES6200 LED TV
  • Atdec Telehook TH1040VFM Wall Bracket

Media room

  • Samsung UA55ES8000 LED TV
  • Sanus LL11
Slimline Wall Bracket
  • Oppo BDP95 Blu-ray Player
  • Stealth Acoustic LR3 Invisible Speakers
  • K-Array KV50 Centre Speaker
  • Tannoy TS1001 Subwoofer
  • Mac Mini

BBQ area

  • K-Array KV50 Speakers
  • K-Array KU36 Subwoofer

Equipment rack – garage

  • Control4 AVM-16AMP3-B Multichannel Amp
  • Control4 C4-16S2-E-B Audio Matrix Switch
  • Atlona AT-HD4-V40SRS HDMI Extender
  • Leaf LTHDMI88 HDBaseT Video Matrix Switch
  • Integra DTR 50.3 Receiver (Media Room)
  • K-Array KA7 Amplifier (Media Room)
  • Atlona AT-HD-BIR40SR HDMI Extenders
  • K-Array KA7-7 Amplifier
  • Clipsal RJ6A1/24PP 24 Port Cat6 Patch Panel
  • Hallam RC428060
42RU Rack
  • PS Audio IPC9000
IP Power Conditioner
  • PS Audio UPS1500 UPS
  • Sherbourn C12 Cooling Unit
  • Mac Mini
  • Audio sensing relays (custom)

Basement

Basement

Bedrooms 2, 3 & 4

  • Samsung UA40EH6000 LED TVs
  • Sanus VLL10 Slimline Wall Bracket
  • SpeakerCraft AccuFit Ultra Slim Three In-ceiling Speakers
  • Control4 C4-IPDKTT1-E-B iPod Docks

Control System

Control System

First Floor

Master Bedroom

  • Control4 C4-TSWMC7-EG-WH 7” Touch Screen
  • Control4 HC250 Controller
  • Control4 SR-250 Remote

Ground Floor

Kitchen

  • Control4 HC250 Controller
  • Control4 SR-250 Remote
  • Control4 C4-TSWMC7- EG-BL 7” Touch Screen

Media room

  • Control4 HC250 Controller
  • Control4 SR-250 Remote

Basement

Bedroom 2,3 & 4

  • Control4 HC250 Controller
  • Control4 SR250 Remote

Hallway

  • Control4 C4-TSWMC7-EG-WH 7” Touch Screen

Equipment rack – garage

  • Control4 C4-IOX-E-B I/O Extender
  • HC800 Controller

Security & HVAC

Security

  • Aiphone JKDVFAC Custom Intercom Door Station JKDVFAC
  • Axis Q7401 video encoder
  • Axis Q1604-E IP Bullet Cameras
  • QNAP QNVS-2004PRO NVR

Networking

  • Cisco 887-M-KHP Multimode Router
  •  Hewlett Packard Access Point
  • Cisco SLM2048T 48 Port POE Switch
  • Netgear ReadyNas RNDP6630D V2 NAS

HVAC

  • CoolMaster 1000D Daikin Controller