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As a secondary residence, this "cottage in the city" encompassed a three-story main house, along with a laneway home, garage, and outdoor spaces. The homeowners wanted a fully integrated home - without the appearance of it.

They contracted Graytek, a CEDIA member in British Columbia, Canada, to develop an integrated whole-home system that was centralized and minimalistic in design.

Customer Wish List

  • User-Friendly: Because the system is not in the homeowner's primary residence, it needed to be intuitive and easy to operate so that it didn't require the homeowner to relearn it after a period of non-use.
  • Unobtrusive: The client also wanted the system to remain unobtrusive so it didn't interfere with any of the home's unique architectural design elements.
  • Future-Proof: Future growth was important as the client planned to add distributed audio and video in future upgrades.


The home's structure presented a unique challenge - no changes could be made after the concrete was poured. The concrete structure required wire paths to be mapped 100% prior to construction, including paths for future distributed audio and video requirements.


Home Integration: The home integration system includes:

  • Alarm system
  • Seven thermostats
  • Three 6-inch touch panels (one on each level)
  • Controller for main water feed and landscaped water feature
  • Network connection for rooftop solar panels
  • Custom programmed HVAC scheduler
  • Shades in the master bedroom
  • Wireless internet and cell phone access across three levels

Control System: The user interface on the touchpanels, iOS devices, and control panel is simple in design for the technology-averse homeowner. Additionally, it is easy to troubleshoot should a challenge arise.

Lighting System: The centralized lighting system features 77 lighting circuits across the main home, garage, and landscape, along with a separate, code-mandated lighting system with 12 lighting circuits in the detached laneway house. The lighting system is controlled by 25 custom-engraved keypads.

Media Room: Graytek designed a 5.1 surround-sound media room with a custom audio bar mounted below the television and a subwoofer hidden in custom millwork, vented out the kick. The surround speakers were mounted on the concrete wall, behind floating wooden wall panels, to maintain the minimalist design aesthetic. A single remote controls all of the media room equipment, which is hidden in the millwork in an equipment rack.

Security System: An access-control system gives the homeowners peace of mind that their residence is secure even when they're not home. Additionally, the key fob system allows the homeowners to access and control the home remotely.

Climate Control: Graytek achieved climate control via integrated thermostats in the mechanical room and remote room temperature sensors behind the panels.

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Home Technology Professional
116 - 250 Schoolhouse Street
Coquitlam, BC V3K 6V7 | Canada
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