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The Buzz: Installation Spotlight: Scott Residence, Sedona, Ariz.

Aug 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Jack Kontney

Intelligent AV in the Desert

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Using the Crestron Crestnet system, the Scotts can monitor and control their entire home via Crestron Isys touchpanels at home or the Internet when away.

Using the Crestron Crestnet system, the Scotts can monitor and control their entire home via Crestron Isys touchpanels at home or the Internet when away.

Many traditional integration firms shy away from residential installations, largely because the electronics don't conform to the norms of pro AV connectivity. For others, however, the consistent growth in the market for smart homes and home theaters is a forward-looking business model.

Sedona, Ariz. is a town renowned for its natural beauty, with stunning views of unique red-rock formations. In this upscale community, smart homes are becoming the norm — especially in new construction. The recently completed Scott residence in Sedona is no exception. The house is more than 11,000 square feet on three levels, with a separate casita. The house's plans included a formal home theater and a comprehensive control system, so local builder R.G. Toogood Construction brought in Smart Home Pro, a design and integration firm specializing in home theaters. System design was handled by company president Chris Hatala and lead engineer Don Hanson.

“It is a beautiful home in a beautiful setting,” says Alan Rees, general manager of Smart Home Pro. “It shows how you can do a theater in a home while still taking advantage of scenery outside. So many times with home theaters, you think of them being in a basement, but the goal for this particular room was to create a very nice and good-sounding home theater in a room with a view.”

With construction planned to be executed in three phases, early involvement was critical to creating a successful design.

“We try to get involved at the architectural stage, before anything is even coming out of the ground,” Hatala says. “It just makes things easier for everyone. For example, if the electrician knows we're doing a full-blown lighting system, he knows that all those light circuits go back to a centralized location instead of switch locations. It totally changes the way they do conduit in the slab work.”

The entire house was designed around Crestron control, with traditional wiring augmented by a series of tech port outlets — each with two Cat-5E Ethernet and two RG-6 coaxial jacks.

The home theater is the centerpiece of a whole-home control system that provides centralized control for a computer, sound, lights, windows and shades, HVAC, and a CCTV security system. Smart Home Pro used a structured wiring approach, with tech ports throughout the house terminating in a central location. This allows for great flexibility in control and distribution — which is critical when integrating audio, video, Ethernet, and telephone systems.

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