This project — a compound of buildings in coastal New Zealand that spanned six years — changed considerably over time. The vison for this home was initially a private residence that was as luxuriously-appointed as one of the world’s “super-yachts,” but later it became a commercial lodge catering to guests with high-end tastes.
The home technology professionals designed the systems in the lodge were literally involved at the ground floor — under it, in fact. Working with the electrical contractors, the team designed an underground network of ducts and spaces to accommodate future growth and extra cables.
Because the build was slated to take more than half a decade (partially due to the remote location of the property), care was taken to create a flexible system that could adapt to emerging technologies.
The controls that operate all of the systems in the lodge had to be profoundly intuitive — after all, they’d be handled by an ever-changing number of guests and not a single homeowner. The controls for the staff also had to be user-friendly (cutting training time for newbies) while powerful enough to control any part of the system.
A Lutron Homework QS system controls 360 lighting circuits and a TriplePlay IPTV system was installed — although the extra cabling will easily allow the video system to upgrade to 4K in the future. The lodge’s network systems are monitored remotely by an independent firm and the equipment room includes an on-site generator — yes, this lodge is so far off the beaten path that power outages are a regular occurrence.