How They Did It: Seamless Upgrade

Aug 26, 2013

The expectation for this project was to add the conveniences of today’s technology without changing the way the clients currently lived. They wanted their new home to feel just as the old home did, just upgraded.

CEDIA member Bekins of Grand Haven, Mich., installed a robust network infrastructure along with house-wide A/V, surveillance, and lighting to deliver a solution that makes this large home very manageable for its two occupants and their guests.


During the initial meeting, it was apparent that the homeowners did not want touchscreens in every room and a complicated remote sitting on every table. As they were both heavy iPad users, Bekins decided to create a system that enabled them to control the home in between reading the news and playing games of Angry Birds. They wanted a system robust enough to entertain a large group of people but also easy enough for just the two of them.

The final system encompassed the following features:
  • Eight zones of distributed audio
  • Five video displays with localized video equipment
  • Phone system that also serves as home intercom system
  • Seven camera surveillance system with direct DVR feed to every television display and secondary hard-line to panic room
  • Business-level Cisco wired and secure wireless network
  • Crestron Mobile Pro G system control
  • Lutron HomeWorks Illumination lighting control
  • Full home theater


The largest challenge with this project was the layout of the home. The 15,000-square-foot design made the house feel very “long."

Because of this, Bekins needed to make sure that various signals were strong in every part of the home. They installed a robust Cisco network and guest network with five wireless access points to provide strong Wi-Fi coverage throughout the house.

The Lutron lighting scenes enable the homeowner to see if there are lights on in the less-visited parts of the home, and the surveillance cameras allow for a view of all of the cameras watching the property at the touch of a button.


On the surface, this looks like a typical home system, but what makes it unique are the creative things the customer brought to the table:
  • A jukebox serves as a source distributed throughout the house.
  • A salt water fish tank that mimics the climate of any designated location in the world is connected to the network Bekins provided.
  • A covert camera outside of a safe door leads to a state-of-the-art indoor shooting range.
  • The home theater was designed around a single chandelier they purchased while traveling.

Project Partners:

Interior Designer
Rick Whallon Design, LLC
Grand Rapids, MI

Scott Christopher Homes
Grand Rapids, MI



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