With plans for their dream home underway, these homeowners wanted a sophisticated home automation system that would allow them to easily operate practically every aspect of their 11,000-square-foot home. VIA International, a CEDIA member in Van Nuys, California, designed a solution. The system automated audio/video, lighting, motorized shades, climate, security, fountains, patio heaters, and pool/spa control - connecting nearly every aspect of the home.
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Because this was the first time VIA International had worked with the couple's architect, builder, and designer, there were normal challenges of coordinating services. However, all parties were involved early on in the project and those efforts were evident as the project got underway.
Security System: VIA International integrated the security system using entry in-wall touchpanels. The touchpanels display text feedback; allow bypassing of faulted zones and entry/exit beep warnings; and automatically bring up the security page when entering the home from an armed state or if the alarm is triggered by an intruder. The system also includes perimeter "beam break" sensors around the property. If a beam is triggered when the system is armed, a distinct chime plays and the nearest surveillance camera video automatically displays on the touchscreen.
Lighting Integration: The lighting system is seamlessly integrated with the touchpanels and iPads to allow the homeowners to modify lighting scene levels. Most rooms have bright, scene, and dim buttons set at 100%, 66%, and 33% respectively. The homeowners can also adjust each load in a room individually and save the lighting scene.
Audio/Visual System: A comprehensive audio/visual system includes:
Climate Control: A four-zone climate control system that includes outdoor heater control.
Outdoor Covered Porch: VIA International installed infrared heaters recessed in the ceiling in the large, outdoor covered porch. At one end of the porch, they placed an outdoor fireplace with a TV above it. Additionally, large motorized retractable screens were hidden in ceiling pockets. When they lower, they completely enclose the patio into a large extension of the living room. The sides of the screens fit into channels to keep pests from getting into the home. A motorized drapery covers the entire expanse of pocket doors. And everything - porch screens, heaters, drapery, and the outdoor AV system - is controlled by the home automation system.
Fountain Controls: Three fountains and a pool waterfall are all controlled by timers that can be adjusted by the user via the touchscreen panels.