Residence in Castle Rock, CO
Facing the Rockies, This residence, sits with a breathtaking view overlooking Buffalo Mountain and Devils 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 Eds 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.
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.
All of the heavy equipment lives in a main level closet in a rack thats 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.
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.
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 theyre now serving all five different TVs with the video network. - Ed, Owner
ListenUp received the Retrofit of the Year award from the CTA (Consumer Technology Association) Smart Home Division Mark of Excellence Awards for this project.
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
Flat Panel Displays
LG OLED UHD 77in TV, Samsung Frame LED 55in TV, Samsung Frame LED 65in TV
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
Control4 EA-1 Controller, Control 4 EA-5 Controller, Control4 System Remote Control 7 Charge, Control4 7 Tabletop Touch Screen
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
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