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A Waterfront Home Gets an Elegant Technology Remodel

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InnerSpace Electronics, a home technology specialist based in New York, was enlisted to give an ocean-view 5,000 sq. ft., 15-room Westport, CT home a home automation and entertainment technology makeover. The goal, to provide a modern, state-of-the-art integrated control system for the property that would enhance the waterfront home’s intrinsic, open design, as well as providing security, comfort and conveniences, and entertainment enhancements the entire family would enjoy.

The scope of the remodel included: a whole house audio, video, lighting control system with motorized window treatments, HVAC control, security monitoring and surveillance cameras, as well as an integrated telephone system and an enterprise-level broadband network for the entire home.  The homeowners provided a wish list (of sorts) including technology and home design requirements that best fit the vision for the home and the families’ lifestyle. By the way, this is a great step for anyone working with a custom home technology integrator to match the technology with your lifestyle, and expectations!

The client’s list included:

  • A system controlled exclusively by Apple devices (iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone)
  • A full array of streaming music sources (Internet AM/FM, Pandora, Sirius, Rhapsody and Spotify) for whole-home listening and enjoyment
  • Fully-integrated video systems with simple, reliable access to streaming video sources and services (Netflix, Vudu, AppleTV and Amazon)
  • In-house and remote (off-site) access to: surveillance cameras, security system functions, and controls for the pool, lighting and window shades
  • Motorized window treatments and sophisticated lighting design
  • Lastly, the technology must fit with the beautiful, airy, yet modern environment the homeowners were creating for the waterfront home.

The client was focused on using the finest materials and craftsmanship to create an enduring and timeless environment for the family.  InnerSpace Electronics worked with a select team of reputable and in-demand professionals including the architect, general contractor, building trades, mechanical trades, and interior designers. InnerSpace designed and integrated all the electronic systems into one that was reliable and simple to operate.

The waterfront property boasts spectacular views with floor to ceiling windows that shed gorgeous sunlight into the home, but required motorized window treatments to provide privacy, minimize harsh lighting and help protect the home in inclement weather. InnerSpace was heavily involved in the integration design of the window treatments and millwork to ensure the limited space available for local equipment, electrical systems, equipment racks and cabinets were maximized while protecting the open, airy feel to the home.

A Savant control system was selected as the backbone for the home’s integrated control system. InnerSpace was able to seamlessly integrate music, video, lighting control, motorized window treatment control, HVAC control, surveillance camera control, security system control and pool system control into one simple, easy-to-operate user interface. The Savant system offers user-friendly functionality and control from both in home and remotely, regardless of where homeowners are in the world. In addition, InnerSpace could remotely access the system so the team can immediately diagnose, service or correct any software or hardware issues to minimize any impact to the homeowner.

“This home technology project is an excellent example of the well-conceived, orchestrated and executed electronic systems and services we provide to clients. It incorporates all the newest technologies designed sophisticatedly to work simply together, and, sensitively integrated to maintain the architectural elements and décor of the special home she demands,” shares Barry Reiner, InnerSpace Electronics.

InnerSpace has been an HTSA member since August 2008 and services New York City, Westchester, Fairfield County, and The Hamptons.  Find a reputable home technology specialist near you.

Brands used:

Savant, Sonance, Samsung, Furman, Axis, Audio Control, Logitech, Integra, Apple, Chief, Leon, Triad, Universal Remote Control, Middle Atlantic, Panasonic, Holovision, Lutron, Sivoia Shades.

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