How They Did It: Modern Makeover

May 04, 2015

The original owner of this Victorian, a local spec home builder, wanted to provide a well-rounded, efficient integrated home system. VIA International initiated this project with the builder and then continued on as the home was purchased, ultimately delivering a robust system that provided all the conveniences of the new owners’ primary home. VIA’s work earned the Level IV Gold Technical Design award for Integrated Home in CEDIA’s 2014 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition.

Modern Makeover Living Room

Client’s Needs:

Per the builder, the system was to provide Crestron integration of all the home’s basic functions, lighting, shading, security, and AV on a simple interface. The infrastructure backbone also had to be able to be capable of supporting the new owner’s desires for the integrated home. 

The current owner’s expectations were to have an integrated system that could provide a comfortable environment in which to relax and entertain after a day of skiing with the family. It also had to provide the conveniences of their primary home to allow for a remote office when there was work to be done.

Modern Makeover Master

The System:

The initial scope for the spec home builder included a centralized Creston lighting system to control all rooms and gathering areas. The Crestron motorized shading system was also included. The living and kitchen areas feature floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a private pond, so having motorized shades to control the natural light as well as privacy was a must. 

Modern Makeover Kitchen

The scope also included a security and CCTV package that also monitors the custom two-level garage lift. A basic AV package was initially installed with limited distributed audio and some local video zones. A basic wired and wireless network package was also installed. 

Near the completion of the spec home schedule, a buyer was introduced into the project. The new homeowner increased the scope to upgrade the AV system to include Crestron DM video distribution for seven rooms, including a small gaming and media room, controlled with a Crestron RF remotes and wireless touch panels. A Crestron Sonnex audio distribution system was added to control ten rooms. 

Modern Makeover Media Room

The wireless network was upgraded using Netgear switching and Ruckus wireless access points and zone director. The new owner also added a Panasonic IP telephone system that tied in with the Holovision door phone and camera station at the entry.

Crestron HVAC integration as well as fireplace integration keeps the home at optimal temperatures in any season. In the kitchen, a motorized clerestory window integration was installed to manage out-of-reach windows above the range. Wireless touch panels were installed to control the home via a global home control. 

Modern Makeover


Space constraints were largest obstacle to overcome. All of the structured wiring, security system, AV, and control equipment had to occupy a 5-ft.-by-6-ft. closet in the basement. Also, wiring pathways were limited due to structural conditions, and the lighting and shading head ends were required to be separated and remotely located. 

The secondary challenges revolved around the introduction of additional scope and interior design changes in the late stages of the construction schedule. The family room/rec room was reconfigured and required late prewire additions to support the new layout. Display locations were changed on finished stone fireplace walls, requiring technicians to install in some very constricting spaces to accommodate the new locations. In anticipation of the system expansion, structural changes were made to prepare for a secondary control head end location in a concrete storage room adjacent to the main head end.

Modern Makeover Office

Integration & Automation Highlights:

The design and install team overcame many challenges in this project. The end result was a fully integrated system with multiple control zones that encompassed not only the original scope, but also the customized and upgraded scope. 

All of this was done within the unique constraints of the home in relation to space and historical preservation. The original Victorian home had preservation restrictions set in place by the historical society, and the challenge was to modernize it like the rest of the home with wiring, lighting, and shades. When the project was finished, the home had a seamless transition from the original Victorian section of the home to the modern addition from an AV standpoint. The team also planned ahead for future upgrades.

Modern Makeover Rack

Project Partners:

Home Technology Professional
VIA International

CCY Architects
Basalt, CO

JD Black Construction
Basalt, CO

CEDIA is currently accepting entries for the 2015 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition. Learn more and start your entry today.



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