Modern Home Spaces: Residence in Castle Rock, CO

 

Residence in Castle Rock, CO

Facing the Rockies, This residence, sits with a breathtaking view overlooking Buffalo Mountain and Devil’s Head lookout in Castle Rock, CO. The retrofit custom integration project by ListenUp, is a complete Control4 controlled project with whole home Control4 lighting, Hunter Douglas shade, Control4 touch panels and door station, Bowers and Wilkins flush mount loudspeakers, and Control4 and Arcam amplification. The Daihls have two home theater areas; one downstairs and one in Ed’s office. Alexa voice control is also used throughout the home. The Daihl's were wanting to integrate their home seamlessly and wanted to make sure their wiring and proof-of-technology were well hidden from the naked eye, aesthetically integrated into the architecture of the home. 

Daihl project photo 1TV Selection

Liking the idea that technology can be art, the owners chose Samsung "Frame" TVs for the main design areas, family room, master bedroom, and the "mother-in-law" suite. Each “Frame” is a fully functioning 4K TV when turned on, and a piece of customizable artwork when turned off. 

Hidden Equipment

All of the heavy equipment lives in a main level closet in a rack that’s easily serviceable, yet out of view. The ListenUp team recommended PakEdge Routers with “Backpak” to monitor the network, with offline alerts and access to manage the owner's Access Network Ruckus wireless access points. This configuration allows ListenUp to remotely fix most network issues without an in-home service call. 

Daihl project photo 2System Control

Control of the whole system is two-fold. A 10" touch panel in the kitchen shows all of the icons for audio/video, lighting, HVAC, Hunter Douglas shades, and security, along with access to  Alexa voice control. Everyday control is done by thinking of an action, like 'Watch TV,' or 'Listen to Pandora,' again either using the physical Control4 remote, touch panels or voice." This same control is consistent in all rooms of their home. Additionally, Bowers and Wilkins ceiling speakers are painted to match the ceiling, where they can sound clear and clean without being noticed, and REL Habitat subwoofers in white are hung from the wall behind furniture for great bass. 

Customer Testimonial

“The team at ListenUp are experts in the technology...and they come with technical solutions I never would have thought of. For example, we only have two Apple TVs, but they’re now serving all five different TVs with the video network.” - Ed, Owner

Award Winner

ListenUp received the Retrofit of the Year award from the CTA (Consumer Technology Association) Smart Home Division Mark of Excellence Awards for this project.

Products Used

Home Controls

Control4 DrStation FlushMnt, Control4 HD Base T Receiver, Control4 4K Uhd 6x6 AV Matric DNMix, Control4 Retrofit - Touch Screen BkBox and Control4 Wireless Thermostat 

Multi-Room Distribution & Entertainment Systems

Cisco 8Port Ethernet Switch and Cisco 24POrt POE GB Ethernet Switch

Daihl project photo 4Flat Panel Displays

LG OLED UHD 77in TV, Samsung Frame LED 55in TV, Samsung Frame LED 65in TV

In-Wall/In-Ceiling Speakers

Bowers and Wilkins 2-way in-ceiling speakers, Bowers and Wilkins Pair Universal 24In Stands, Bowers and Wilkins 2-way Outdoor Speakers

A/V Amps, Pre-Pros & Receivers

Arcam Surround Receiver, Atlona 4K/UHD Balun Tx/Rx Kit 230’/70M, Control4, 4 Zone/8 Channel Power Amp, Marantz Heos Enabled Surround Receiver, REL Wireless on Wall Subwoofer, REL Wireless Adapter for S and Habitat, Sonos Digital Out Zone Player

Blu-Ray & DVD Players

SONY 4K Blu-Ray Player

Remote Controls

Control4 EA-1 Controller, Control 4 EA-5 Controller, Control4 System Remote Control 7 Charge, Control4 7” Tabletop Touch Screen

A/V Furniture

BDI Elements 8770 Quad Media cabinet (laser etched), Chief XL Micro-Adj Tilt Wall Mount, Middle Atlantic 37Space 20In Deep Slim-5 Rack, Middle Atlantic 1SP Perforated Vent Panel

Other

Wiring: Audioquest 1.5M Cinnamon HDMI, Audioquest Braided 3Meter HDMI Cable, Audioquest 8.0M Cinnamon HDMI, Furman 15A Conditioner Power Factor, Ruckus Unleased Indoor WAP w/Wave 3