Taking Back The PlayroomWhen you have kids, there are so many toys, crafts, and crayons involved. If you have the room, a dedicated play-space is a must. Now, what to do when they’ve outgrown that area? These empty-nesters turned it into a playroom for adults.
Never Miss a MomentWhen it comes to sports, this homeowner doesn’t like to rely on the instant replay. Instead, he has an entertainment system that’s sprinkled throughout the property so that it’s virtually impossible to miss a moment of the action.
In-fidelity!Our client has one of the most impressive 2-channel audio systems we’ve ever heard. When we discussed the priorities for their screening room, the conversation immediately turned to performance.
Night SkyNight Sky was a project that involved the construction of an award-winning home theater. Electronics Design Group worked closely with the client to deliver a cinema that was perfectly suited to accommodate both family and friends who wish to watch a movie together under a ceiling that mimics the appearance of a starry night sky.
Lucid BlueJust about every inch of this room is covered in lush blue carpet and acoustical coverings. Those accoutrements help to darken the room and deliver a stellar theater experience. However, they also create one standout space, strictly from a design perspective. Of course, that look is what first draws you into this theater, but the system created by Electronics Design Group (EDG) is really what’s most memorable here.
Dangerous DecibelsEnvision a subwoofer that was designed for use in a 10,000-square-foot commercial theater. Now, imagine taking not one but two of these same subwoofers and incorporating them into a 700-square-foot residential theater. Implementing incredible audio in a high-performance home theater is what this project was all about.
Hidden AssetsThe winning media room is a five-screen multimedia showpiece with HDTV sources on four of five monitors and AMX touch screen controls.
Minimalistic & SimplisticIn this project, EDG worked with the client’s minimalistic expectations to provide a continuous, simple design theme throughout their home. They asked for a home automation system that complemented their clean, modern minimalist home and increase energy efficiency and privacy.
A Room With Two ViewsThe best way to experience the Super Bowl would, of course, be seats on the 50-yard line. But if you don’t want to travel, the stunning advances in home theaters will allow you to view the game from the best seats in the house-your own.
Pre-War Aesthetics, Post-War TechnologyTaking a 100-year-old house and transforming it into a modern SmartHome while maintaining its original early-1900s aesthetic is a challenge. With this project, the clients wanted a fully integrated system throughout the house that would not affect the look and feel of their home.
Inconspicuous IntegrationThis urban abode required that the Electronics Design Group (EDG) team develop a collaborative relationship with a number of trades working on the job site in order to ensure the delivery of a pre-defined system to the client.
A Gilded ExperienceOne of our clients’ neighbors called Electronics Design Group because they were going to construct an addition onto their existing estate and wanted a media system area in it. When we initially met with them and their architect, builder, and designer to discuss the project, we learned that the proposed “addition” was half the size of their existing 10,000-square-foot home, and the media system would be located in a 5,000-square-foot indoor pool/recreation area – a longtime dream of the owners! This tranquil 2-story area is connected to the main house on 3 levels.
A Real KnockoutDancing, Karaoke, Games, Cocktails, Movies. This room has it all. From the parquet dance floor and karaoke system to a regulation pool, air hockey and foosball table, to a fully stocked bar with top shelf spirits and plenty of seating to a big screen with big audio.
Meeting on a New LevelThanks to modern technology, boardrooms no longer need to be cluttered with flip charts, overhead projectors, and white boards. When the president of a prestigious New York bank approached EDG with his vision for a state of the art boardroom, we gladly accepted the challenge. It was obvious that the retrofit conversion of this fixed appointed space would require precise planning, coordination and execution. Creating a high-tech room was a snap, having the room not scream “high tech” was paramount to keeping with the client’s vision.
The Theater that BoomsA family of four turned to EDG when they were looking to finish their basement with an entertainment area involving a high-performance theater with a powerful audio system and a large screen.
The Great IndoorsThe home is outfitted with all sorts of natural elements, including exposed wood, stone, and a warm color scheme. The rustic setting allows friends and family to appreciate the great outdoors, all from the comfort of the couch. However, it’s the added electronic amenities that make this place a true sanctuary.
Hand Crafted CharmThere’s a great mystery to an elegant space with awesome water views that magically transforming into a spectacular electronic showcase.
Look Ma, No TVClean lines, no clutter and NO visible Electronics! That was the criteria early on when we met this client to review the project. This Sun Room was an addition added on to the house. Located off the Patio/Pool area, this room serves as a room to relax, read, listen to music and watch TV.
Luxury SmartYardThe owners of a 14,000-sq-ft property in New Jersey wanted to create an outdoor entertainment space for family and friends to enjoy. While in the process of investing time and money to update the electronic systems within the home, the clients made the decision to extend their upgrades to the outdoors.
Accidental OpulenceThis project was for an existing client who had built a home two years earlier and waited on completing the lower level. We had recently completed a dedicated 12-seat theater for one of his good friends, which our client was able to experience first hand. This high-performance system served as a good starting point of reference. We had an optimal size space to work with; 26’ wide x 34’ long with 9’ ceilings. The objective was to be able to seat 22 people! We accommodated 16 luxurious Cinematech theater seats, with 6 bar stools along a granite counter behind the third row.
Solitary SoundA renovation of a New Jersey family’s 25-year-old house inspired the homeowners to turn their dark and dreary basement into a state-of-the-art home theater. Like most basements, this one offered plenty of space to incorporate the standard big-screen display, a slew of speakers and comfortable seating, plus a pool table and a bar at the back. But this home theater space is far from common.
Extreme Home, ControlledThe owner of this home has a research-driven creative side and wanted to see how far he could stretch a Control4 system’s capabilities across his home. This client declared a preference for decor with clean lines and neutral palettes. Based on the client’s lifestyle and interest in entertaining, the home now includes state-of-the-art electronics, a swimming pool and cabana, sport court, workout room, and 3 guest bedrooms.
Dream OnThis client had come to us by means of a referral from his builder. They were interested in creating a high-performance dedicated theater. Located above a 5-car garage the committed space was 26 feet wide x 28 feet long with 9-1/2 foot ceilings. Watching films is a passion for this client, so it was important that we recreated the big screen experience and movie theater sound in the comfort of their home.
El ToroThis client had a modest-sized finished basement that went largely unused thanks to its outdated décor and uninviting lack of “warmth.” Their wish was to have a high-performance home theater that would form the centerpiece of their recreation area, functioning as both a dedicated theater space for movies while also accommodating many guests for sports events.
Training in StyleTraining for high school wrestlers can be “strenuous and monotonous,” says EDG founder Bob Gullo. Gullo should know, having been both a wrestler himself and after spending countless hours cheering on his son, Rob a two- time team Wrestling Captain, ranked 7th all time in school history with 114 career wins for Pearl River High School in Rockland County, N.Y. But it’s a lot less monotonous for the Pearl River wrestling team these days, thanks to Gullo, who installed a state-of-the-art AV system in the school’s training room that will deliver sound and video for years to come.
Now You See It, Now You Don'tThis client was in the early stages of building a new home. Upon our meeting, it was clear they wanted a Media Room to be integrated into their Library but were unsure where to locate the electronics. I took them to an existing client’s hidden technology room featuring a motorized screen and blackout window treatments. Upon starting the demo, they looked at each other, smiled and said, “Sign me up.”
Hidden EntertainmentHidden Entertainment took home the CEA TechHome Universal Design Project of the Year. We took into consideration the client’s desire for a powerful media room that could get out of the way and allow for quality family bonding. Before EDG joined the project, the solution had been to use a special paint on the wall that could be used in place of a projector screen.
Modern LuxuryThe cleints had a very unreliable system. They were having a hard time with their system and wanted an upgrade. We upgraded them to a Crestron system. We put in a SWAMP multi-room audio system as well as new CP3 and MC3 processors. On top of that they received new HR150 remotes, they are still utilizing the old Ipads with the Crestron App.
TreetopsHidden installation was the primary goal for this project, and with its successful achievement, this award-winning home features system integration residing within simple elegance. A beautiful Media Decor painting hangs over the fireplace where one-touch motorization affords the homeowner the luxury of pressing a button to cause the painting to retract thus revealing the plasma television for use. Use of the video screen is as simple as the press of a button as well, and when not in use, both television and video screen are completely hidden from sight. The video projector is also hidden in the millwork and revealed only when the homeowner desires.
Grand RetreatThe client wanted the ability to manage his estate home’s whole house Audio, Lighting, Pool/Spa and Security from several key areas, and to do so in a very simple, intuitive manner.
Unobstructed ViewsThey were interested in creating a comfortable space with a large screen, great sound and unobstructed views. Working with an optimal room size, 17’-wide x 26’-long and 9.5’ ceiling, our objective was to seat 10 comfortably.
Room To GrowOriginally, the owner was set on a 103-inch plasma TV for the wow factor. EDG convinced him that a projector would deliver the big-screen experience he wanted at a price within his budget. For the amount of money a 103-inch plasma TV would command, the family could get a DLP projection system, including a 110-inch screen, pad the room with acoustical panels and get a secondary 55-inch plasma TV in the rear of the room to boot — while still having money left over.
Rewriting HistoryOriginally built in the 1800s as a retreat, this New Jersey home was about to get a massive overhaul. Besides a 5,000-square-foot addition, the owners wanted to add a slew of modern conveniences to bring it into the current century.
7 World Trade CenterThis 52-story, 1.7-million-square-foot building is 100% occupied, having attracted many midtown companies to the revitalized Lower Manhattan. It is New York’s first LEED-Gold certified office building. The 10th Floor Marketing and Event Center has two state-of-the- art conference rooms, with Cisco Telepresence, motorized shading and preset lighting control.
City LivingSpace is at a premium in a Manhattan apartment. Homeowners who want to fit technology into a snug three-bedroom, two-bath apartment can do it themselves and run the risk of a cabling eyesore. Or, they can bring in pros like Electronic Design Group who can transform a seemingly unworkable situation into a neat fix. This family chose the latter and has audio and video wherever they wanted with not a wire to be seen.
For Your Viewing PleasureThis performance theatre was designed into a new-home construction project that did not have a basement or crawl space. The house sits on a concrete slab, and when we first joined the project, the theatre risers had already been poured — incorrectly. Our first challenge was to determine the right size screen for the room, and then lay out the proper riser configuration. All viewers now have great sight lines. Secondly, when in use, the room could not interfere with the Master Suite above or the Family Room adjoining one wall.
The High LifeForty thousand square feet of amenities come with residency at the Aldyn, a premier luxury high-rise condominium building on Riverside Drive in Manhattan. The Aldyn’s residents are pampered with a menu of fitness club options that surpass the offerings of the most exclusive sports clubs in the city. There’s the 75-foot indoor pool, a two-lane bowling alley, regulation-size basketball court, squash cube, a two-story rock climbing wall and golf simulator with a full-blown workout space. Individual rooms for games, sauna, kinesis training and yoga complete the recreational/wellness package.
Best of Both WorldsOur clients’ summer home was a new construction project. They wanted an electronically integrated home – a whole house Multi-Room Audio control system, Lighting system, two Media Systems in the Master Bedroom and Library, a screening room on the Lower Level and integration via the Crestron control system to the following subsystems – 7 Zone HVAC control, Pool & Spa Control, Motorized Shading in several rooms, on and off site control via PC. Ease of use and reliability was top priority.
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going OnEvery home theater starts with a seed and then grows from there. The idea for this Long Island project started with homeowner’s wish for “big sound and big picture.”
View With A RoomThe clients’ main objective was to have the ability to control all lighting and shading in their home, but to also have clean walls that were free of dimmers and switches. With roughly 17,000 square feet of space in the entire home, this was a large task which ended with an exceptionally breathtaking result. The clients requested motorized shades on the architectural style windows in the great room, as well as UV protection for their many rare and antique wood furnishings and fabrics they collect.
A Wealth of WiresThis project was unique for several reasons but most importantly the entire 25,000 square feet of Arts & Crafts-style new construction has all home-run circuits making it a project that required extensive planning and documentation to precisely accommodate all underlying conditions. One of these conditions was that the client has owned other similar-sized homes with lighting control and has, unfortunately, experienced the impact of a poorly designed dimming system; hence, they were focused on having the system be as quiet as possible.
Uncommon Common AreaElectronics Design Group used its considerable expertise in both commercial and residential installation to create what EDG describes as a state-of-the-art amenity space — the activity anchor of a tony condominium complex on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Silver Screen SophisticationThe client’s primary goal was to have a dedicated home theater that could accommodate a large number of guests plus a bar area in the back of the theater for entertaining and food placement, all with unobstructed sight lines to a very large screen. The client also wanted a unique ceiling, and he did not want a projector to be hung in the center of it. Three other A/V companies told him these objectives could not be met, but EDG took the challenge, and the end result is an award-winning custom home theater.
Space ManagementYou don’t need to build a new house to gain a home theater. The owners of this New Jersey home tapped into unused space in the basement, and now they’re enjoying the big screen/big sound experience of the cinema without having to leave the comforts of home.
Four Point PlayOur client, a family of four with small children, wanted a fully integrated 20,000-square-foot home with the ability to control lighting, multi-room audio, HVAC, pool/spa, garage, and cameras from touch panels and PCs throughout the home. This ambitious new construction project demanded clean walls (i.e. no banks of switches, volume controls, thermostats, or remotes). With a home this size, it’s hard to keep track of everyone, therefore, we integrated a telephone system so the family could easily communicate with each other. The client’s detached sports barn needed to be controlled from the main house via the Crestron control system.
Constellation TheaterThe system, designed for ease of use with the Control4 OSD (On-screen Display) and handheld remote makes operation simple and intuitive. The eye-catching FOSI star sky ceiling creates a spatial ambience.
Hands-On EducationThis project is extremely unique in that this is a multidisciplinary, referral-only animal hospital which is open 24/7 365 days a year and doubles as a training hospital. With over 150 staff members who attend weekly presentations from manufacturers, and training presentations from guest lecturers on the newest surgical procedures in veterinary medicine, the space needed to have multiple purposes and be very flexible and easy to use.
Tuned To PerfectionThere’s no shortage of video options in this spacious New Jersey home. It was designed that way by Electronic Design Group pros who wanted to be sure there was never a family conflict when it came to watching one of the household’s half dozen TVs
Old World CharmEDG’s client for this project, a successful entrepreneur, had in mind to create the ultimate home for enjoying the company of friends and family. Thanks to his vision and EDG’s long experience in realizing its customers’ dreams, the end result, described below, took top honors in the Best Fun Room category of Electronic House magazine’s 2009 Home of The Year Awards competition.
Elegance At TwilightThis home was designed by architect, Hiland Hall Turner, and built as a model by a premiere NJ builder, Roger Polo of Polo Master Builders, to showcase the builder’s quality and expertise; its style, elegance, and overall build quality have exceeded all expectations. The 10,000 square foot home, nestled in the hills of Morris County upon sprawling wooded grounds, has eighteen spacious rooms on four levels. The walkout basement leads to dramatic gardens, a spa, and a magnificent pool area, all designed and built by award-winning landscape architecture firm Cross River Design.
Kitchen MagicThe main objective of this project was to renovate two city apartments into one home and to create a completely integrated environment. The clients’ primary requests were for a seamless integration blended with aesthetics and interior design. All systems were to be integrated with the building’s intercom, including audio, video, HVAC, shades and a home network.
Room To BreatheThis client’s large residential home was being designed from the ground up, with a heavy focus on accommodating a theater that their grandchildren, children and family could enjoy together. Our client was interested in creating a comfortable space with a large screen, great sound and unobstructed views. We had an optimal size space to work with; the room was 20 feet wide x 34 feet long with 11-foot ceilings, a great size room. The objective was to seat 10 people comfortably with a bar counter in the rear for an additional seating and in-room dining area.
Cave ComfortMarriage is, among other things, about compromise. When these New Jersey homeowners were planning their dream home, she got the kitchen and master bath she always wanted. He got his man cave, complete with bar/kitchen, wine cellar and home theater.
Clean EntertainmentIt’s a request Electronic Design Group hears often. Consumers want music in nearly every room and easy access to audio and video entertainment, but they don’t want to see the speakers, boxes, and cables driving it. The enabling technology also has to be intuitive enough that an owner’s manual isn’t required reading. Clean, simple and premium sound is what many homeowners are looking for. Those directives are almost a mantra at EDG these days.
Fortune’s FavorThis theater was installed in an existing home which had a sheetrocked room with drop ceiling and carpet glued to the floor – the room was a rectangular box.
Special TreatmentSure, it’s important to choose great-sound speakers and amplifiers for a home theater. That’s the part of a theater system you can control. What you can’t control are the dips and peaks that each individual room tosses into the mix. Those acoustic anomalies can create ringing and annoying audio artifacts that even the most sophisticated loudspeakers can’t overcome.
A Perfect BlendSome clients just don’t want to give up their trusted treasures, no matter how enticing the latest technology might be. This New Jersey homeowner clung faithfully to his audio- and videophile roots with a stash of cassette tapes and a high-end tape deck, a reference-level FM tuner and even a workhouse laserdisc player and supporting library of 12-inch videodiscs. His prized Wilson Audio WATT Puppy speakers rated the status of man’s best friend so they had to remain a prominent part of any future A/V mix.
Garage HangoutSome of the most creative work comes out of the least likely places. Take this garage multiplex in New Jersey. The owners wanted a place where they could spend time with their teenage twins and where the kids could entertain friends apart from the other living spaces in the home. So they gutted the bulky space above the garage, dressed it in New York Yankees blue, and Electronics Design Group set about designing a multimedia, multiscreen system that could satisfy the family’s varied entertainment needs.
High-Styled Community TheaterIt’s called an amenity space, and it’s the hot new perk many luxury condominiums are offering to differentiate their residences from the pack. Think of it as home theater for the condo crowd, and this New Jersey high-rise on the Hudson, with views of the Manhattan skyline, has a theater that’s sure to wow residents and guests alike.
Performance PackageA focus on great picture and sound resulted in an outstanding upgrade for this home theater on the Jersey Shore.
Custom TouchThey call it custom electronics for a reason. Here in this high-rise suite along Manhattan’s Central Park South, the couple had precise requirements that didn’t exactly fit a cookie-cutter design for music, video and home control. But that’s nothing new to the designers at EDG, who pride themselves in tweaking tried-and-true electronics to meet the unique needs of its clients. Here, audiophile-grade music quality came first, followed by video, lighting and climate control, and EDG delivered.
The Comforts Of HomeAn 18,000-square-foot home is a lot to manage. When designers at Electronic Design Group first met with the homeowners on this Northern New Jersey project, they knew that managing eight subsystems in a home of this scope would require an overhaul of the EDG control model.
Personal TouchMost families have at least one techie. But how does the rest of the family cope with sophisticated electronics? Here in this chic 47th floor high-rise on Manhattan’s East Side, everybody gets an electronics solution just to their liking. Flexible remote controls programmed by Electronic Design Group let the techie owner tweak settings to his heart’s content while keeping operation idiot-proof for anyone else.
Forever FallNo one ever said a home theater had to be inside the home. These New Jersey homeowners solved a dilemma that many four-season households face: how to enjoy the warm-weather months without giving up the comforts of home. Here in this upscale loggia, the family enjoys al fresco entertainment at any time of the year courtesy of a well-apportioned kitchen, fireplace and full 5.1-channel home theater system.
Take It OutsideWith a limited number of warm-weather months on the calendar, Garden State residents take their backyard time seriously. This weatherproof family decided to extend their outdoor time. Thanks to an outdoor TV, a patio heater, a hot tub and a kitchen that’s the envy of every armchair top chef, this Jersey family enjoys an all-season al fresco life.
30 Park PlaceA potential homebuyer is going to decide within the first few minutes whether or not they want to make a purchase. That’s probably why Silverstein Properties wanted 30 Park Place to be a case of love at first sight for all of its prospective clients.