Bethlehem Residence 1


This 10,000 sq. ft. custom home truly offers its occupants the conveniences of home automation and entertainment.

Creston provides the back-bone for the whole-house audio distribution with speakers in the family room, kitchen, formal living room, office, billiard room, master bedroom, master bathroom, exercise room, back patio, and pool.  Various keypads, remotes, and touch-panels in convenient locations, provide easy control of the XM Satellite Radio, Kaleidescape media server, iPod, and FM radio.  Sonance in-wall and in-ceiling speakers throughout the home integrate nicely for a clean installation.  In the formal family room, Sound Advance “disappearing” speakers were integrated into the walls, for a completely seamless installation, while providing great sounding music.

The family room offers a theater experience, with a 50” High-Definition plasma integrated into the beautiful custom cabinetry.  RBH left, center, and right channel speakers are cleverly concealed behind custom designed speaker grills in the cabinetry.  RBH in-wall speakers provide the surround channels, while an RBH 12” subwoofer is in the front cabinet with barely visible vents in the toe-kick.  A Marantz digital surround receiver powers these speakers with ease.  The Kaleidescape movie server provides the family with their entire movie collection in an easy-to-use graphical interface.  The server can also make “recommendations” on what to watch, based on the current movie selection.  A local iPod dock gives the users the ability to watch any iPod video on the system.  An RTI T2b RF remote provides easy, one-touch control of the entire system.  Lutron Lighting and Shading is also integrated, and is easily controlled either by the touch-panels and keypads, or the RTI remote.  Setting the room up for a movie is a simple “one-touch” operation, lowering the lighting and the shading for just the right ambiance.

All of the televisions in the home are connected to a unique central video-distribution system, so all of the client’s content is available at every television.  DirecTV DVRs provide the parents, children, and guests with their own recordings, channel preferences, and parental control. The Kaleidescape movie server can also be viewed on any TV allowing the clients to start a movie in one room, and finish it in another.

There is as much fun outside as there is inside. A covered patio provides entertainment with a weather proof Sunbrite TV mounted above a beautiful stone fireplace for those nice evenings for sitting outside.  In-ceiling speakers provide great sound for any of the various sources in this space.  The open air pool house is also home to a discrete TV available for viewing even from the Hot Tub.

Lutron provides the lighting and shading control for the entire home.  This system allows the users to select various “scenes” for each of the rooms.  Since each room features multiple lighting loads, this saves the homeowners from having to fumble for various switches and dimmers in each space.  Also, the Lutron lighting control system greatly reduces the amount of unsightly switches and dimmers, providing access to multiple loads from a single keypad, greatly improving each room’s visual appeal.  The Lutron shades are provided in the family room and in the breakfast nook to allow just the right amount of sunlight based on the user’s preference.  In the summer time, they can be lowered during the day to reduce the cooling costs, while in the winter they can be raised, to allow the sun’s natural warmth to help heat the large home.

The Crestron system also provides access to HVAC and security systems as well, greatly reducing the amount of unsightly keypads and displays throughout the home.  The large easy-to-read touch-panel located in the kitchen acts as the “control-center” for the entire home, providing access and control to the whole-house music system, Lutron lighting and shading, heating and cooling, and security.

This family of 4 uses their RMS system every day, and truly appreciates the convenience it provides them to fully enjoy their large home, and its complex systems.