Electronic Lifestyles Spring 2012 : Page 90

Subtlety is the focus: Uncluttered walls between numerous windows in the living room, with a 50-inch Pioneer plasma TV as centerpiece. Out of Sight, Top of Mind Easy entertainment and security access, without the wall clutter By Nancy Klosek ome renovations that double a living space ordinarily provide designers with more wall real estate to play with and to cultivate artfully. Custom integrators crave that extra wall space, too, because it gives them more options to hide speakers, wires and other AV and home automation gear. But sometimes, more space doesn’t mean more walls. Such was the case with the dwelling that Middleburg Heights, Ohio’s Audio Video Interiors team worked on with Laura Suglia-Isgro’s KAS Interiors design firm. The client’s renovation entailed dramatic layouts with windows everywhere that did not leave many placement options in the main living areas for hiding electronics and keeping its control systems understated. So KAS called in AVI during the early planning stages to strategize. “Being familiar with our company and services from our involvement with ASID, Laura brought us in to meet with the owners of the home and assist in the planning of the low-voltage wiring and house music system,” says AVI’s Joe Calderaro, project engineer and technology H advisor. “After the initial meeting, Laura accompanied the clients to our showroom to discuss and demonstrate multiple technology solutions, and how best to integrate them into the décor and aesthetic space. Overall, the results were a product of a great team dynamic that allows the homeowner to enjoy a powerful and simple technology solution while enhancing the look and feel of their home. “They were extremely pleased to find out they could centralize their equipment Joe Calderaro, Project Engineer and access their sources from multiple & Technology Advisor, Audio locations,” says Calderaro. “Ultimately, they Video Interiors 90 ELECTRONIC LIFESTYLES ® Spring 2012

Out Of Sight, Top Of Mind

Nancy Klosek

Easy entertainment and security access, without the wall clutter

Home renovations that double a living space ordinarily provide designers with more wall real estate to play with and to cultivate artfully. Custom integrators crave that extra wall space, too, because it gives them more options to hide speakers, wires and other AV and home automation gear.

But sometimes, more space doesn’t mean more walls. Such was the case with the dwelling that Middleburg Heights, Ohio’s Audio Video Interiors team worked on with Laura Suglia-Isgro’s KAS Interiors design firm. The client’s renovation entailed dramatic layouts with windows everywhere that did not leave many placement options in the main living areas for hiding electronics and keeping its control systems understated. So KAS called in AVI during the early planning stages to strategize. “Being familiar with our company and services from our involvement with ASID, Laura brought us in to meet with the owners of the home and assist in the planning of the low-voltage wiring and house music system,” says AVI’s Joe Calderaro, project engineer and technology Advisor. “After the initial meeting, Laura accompanied the clients to our showroom to discuss and demonstrate multiple technology solutions, and how best to integrate them into the décor and aesthetic space. Overall, the results were a product of a great team dynamic that allows the homeowner to enjoy a powerful and simple technology solution while enhancing the look and feel of their home.

“They were extremely pleased to find out they could centralize their equipment and access their sources from multiple locations,” says Calderaro. “Ultimately, they Wanted simple, clean and out of sight.” Their expectations included distributed audio and video, structured wiring and security. This was achieved by leveraging the core system, the Control4 repeatable interface, at each key area of the home.

Most of the installation challenges were surmounted because of canny pre-planning and close consultation among designer, integrator and client. One of the biggest, though, was the eventual expansion of the project’s initial scope from distributed music and two video zones. At its completion, the project included eight HD video zones, distribution, security and CCTV integration, Kaleidescape Blu-ray disc storage, and a dedicated home theater that was grafted onto the project at a later stage.

“We had the infrastructure in place to handle the expansion,” says Calderaro. The Kaleidescape module allows easy browsing of the clients’ large music collection, including cover art, in areas of the home without video integration; audio zones can be accessed at any interface with local volume controls. And integration of security and CCTV within the control ecosystem eliminated the need to Clutter walls with separate alarm keypads.

The later-stage theater room was something AVI was especially proud of. “It was exceptional, in that we took an oddshaped storage room and transformed it into a beautiful, high-performance theater on a reasonable budget,” he says. The clients and their kids now enjoy calling up their favorite sources from any of the main home Tvs with the same repeatable interface, as well as accessing their music from the main home and the extended wing’s audio zones via dedicated touch screens.

“Our solution delivered exactly what the client had asked for: hidden equipment, enhanced safety and easy operation.”

+ InterIor desIgner’s PersPectIve

Laura A. Suglia-Isgro, ASID, KAS Interiors, LLC

Electronic Lifestyles®: What was the experience like with the AVI team that made the project such a success?

Laura Suglia-Isgro: I can say that everyone on the AVI team was extremely knowledgeable regarding all steps of the project. Joe Calderaro, specifically, spent a lot of time explaining to both the client and I the different options available for every aspect of the client’s needs. Joe and I also easily worked together to specify locations for the different equipment that his company installed.

EL: Are you getting more involved in other such collaborations with integrators? What are the benefits to you and your clients that come from such close collaboration?

Suglia-Isgro: I have been involved in other such collaborations with integrators in much the same way, however, not to the extent of this project. The experience is much different when wiring a whole house versus just a basement theater room.

EL: What was the biggest challenge for you in this project?

Suglia-Isgro: The biggest challenge was to collaborate with all trades on each customized installation in this home because of the amount of customized elements needed. I visited this job site biweekly for two years to make sure that all projects were being installed correctly per drawings or discussions.

The client was also very involved; however, they trusted us to make the correct decisions for them regarding the design details. As an interior designer, it’s my job to take the stress out of the project for a client. It’s very helpful when they just let me do my job. The fact that AVI detailed out the whole installation from the beginning made the final details of the project much easier toward the end of the project.

I feel that AVI has a very professional outlook on the way that they collaborate with designers and clients. They take a potentially difficult-to-understand concept and make it easy to understand.

Equipment Contact the CEDIA ESC for a complete equipment list.

Stewart Filmscreen Cine-V Movie screen; Digital Projection M-Vision260 Projector; Paradigm AMS150R In-ceiling speakers (10); Key Digital KD-CAT5XRCA Analog HD balun (14); Sonance X4R Architectural ceiling speakers (9); Chief PNRUB Articulating Mount (4); LG 47LH90 47-inch flat-panel TV; Control4 HC200 Room controller with remote (8), HC1000 Master Control processor; Russound R1250MC Distribution amplifier (2); Richard Gray’s Power Company 1200 Custom power center; Integra DTR5.9 A/V receiver (2); Pioneer PDP-5020FD 50-inch TV; Netgear GS748T 48-port switch; Kaleidescape KSERVER-1500 Movie server, KPLAYER-6000 DVD/system player; Panamax M1500-UPS UPS; Pelco DX4600 CCTV DVR; Honeywell HD4D CCTV Dome camera (4), Vista128 Security panel; Middle Atlantic ERK-4425-AV A/V rack (2); Bowers & Wilkins CCM616 In-ceiling speakers (8); Sonance RK83 Rock speakers (2); Viking C2000A Door Communicator Controller; Visonic NEXTDUO/K9-85 Motion Detector (7)

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