Overlooking a charming New England lake sits a beautiful vacation home with a new addition that features a bowling alley, indoor pool, and a paddle tennis court. From the beginning of the project, we realized that this was going to be a rare opportunity to create a space where we could curate elements that would be front and center to the entertainment experience, yet blend beautifully with the vision of the space. The result is a unique application of home automation technology that is fun for everyone using it.
Architect: Shope Reno Wharton
GC: KVC Builders
Interiors: Manuel de Santaren
To make this addition work as a hub of family entertainment, we took the vision of the interior designer and conceptualized a space where technology would be both visible and invisible, depending on its function (learn more about smart space design). For instance, the original AV design had visible speakers and traditional TVs for the bowling alley displays. We researched dozens of vendors to find unique solutions for each space. This included a subwoofer installed underneath the paddle court’s surface and recessed lighting in the pool area that can emulate ocean waves. The space features stunning lighting scenes from Ketra, invisible speaker solutions from Amina, and custom shades from Lutron. In conclusion, this entertainment complex creates a visually and functionally seamless smart home automation experience.
For this project, we needed to create a space that is more than just lights and speakers. The space needed to be easily used by anyone and cater to a multitude of users and situations. Additionally, the homeowners had prior experience with home automation technology, and were very open-minded. Therefore, they allowed us to flex our creative powers throughout the entire process. Therefore, not only was this a truly perfect client but also a great working collaboration with both the interior designer and our long time partner, custom home builder KVC.
Peter Romanelli of Conceptual Lighting specified Ketra Lighting to bring the best lighting possible for the space, and TSP brought their design to life. In addition, Ketra is utilized in art galleries and museums across the world. Their dynamic spectrum lighting offers a diverse range of colors and the broadest spectrum of white color available on the market today, giving homeowners a vast palette through which to customize their home’s lighting.
The capabilities of Ketra and their ability to integrate seamlessly with Lutron’s lighting control allowed us to create a range of scenes for the complex’s bowling alley that emulated the style of midnight bowling seen in popular alleys across the country. Our design engineer, Chase Rowe, took inspiration from his bowling experiences and created dozens of space-themed scenes to pick from, including “Mars,” “Saturn,” and “Nova.”
When not using the space for party scenes, the lights are set to synchronize with the sun’s light, replicating both the strength and warmth of its light throughout the day. Ketra Lighting was used in more than just the bowling alley in this complex. It was also installed into the recessed lighting fixtures of the pool area. Partnered with the wall’s wavy plaster, we were able to emulate the deep blue color of the ocean, creating a spectacular aquatic effect that enhances the entire poolside space. This Lutron Homeworks QS system provides control of the home’s 70 Ketra bulbs and 90 Lutron lights and was fully integrated into the main home’s lighting system.
To provide audio solutions for the bowling alley and the indoor pool, we turned to our trusted partner Amina. Amina’s invisible speakers were installed in faux beams in the pool’s ceiling. This allowed for sound throughout the pool without any visible speakers or grilles. Amina’s sound design allows for impeccable quality in acoustically live spaces like pools. The bowling alley features an in-wall subwoofer and 4 invisible speakers as well. These are connected to a Sonos system where the owner can stream from Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, and Tidal.
For the outdoor tennis court, we turned to Revel Speakers and their Extreme Climate line of products. Designed to function even in the extreme cold and snow of New Hampshire, we installed four satellite speakers throughout the area. After that, to provide an even more immersive audio experience, we brought in a direct burial subwoofer that was installed directly into the core of the court itself. In addition, Lubell Labs underwater speakers were installed to provide sound even while swimming and Sonos allows music to be streamed to all areas at once.
Climate control is essential to any smart home project. This is especially true for vacation homes and additions to the main house due to limited daily use. By integrating smart thermostats into the home ecosystem, owners can monitor and even adjust their home temperature, no matter where they are in the world. For this entertainment complex, we installed Savant CLI smart thermostats in each area so that the owner can maintain control of each room in the complex.
After that, we installed Meraki cloud-managed sensors in the server/maintenance room for the unit to ensure our IT infrastructure is always safe and protected from damage without us there!
The result is an entertainment complex that can be used for just about any situation and is backed by our award-winning smart home support services. Whether you are alone trying to get in a few laps in the pool or throwing a lively bowling party, this entertainment complex provides the versatility to transition its lighting and AV at the touch of a button. This home automation technology project proves that a smart home is more than just combining technology solutions. Smart space automation is about the unique experiences that it creates for its users. Contact us to begin your own smart home project today!
At TSP Smart Spaces, we combine luxury design aesthetics with the latest in smart building technology. Our commercial projects are seen everywhere, from smart apartments in Reykjavik to a new technology hub in Boston’s Seaport District. Commercial home automation systems are scalable, customizable, and save you money. Our Design, Build, and Support process ensures we are with you from the beginning of your smart home journey and beyond.
Further reading: TSP Smart Spaces wins twice at the CEPro HOTY 2022 Awards
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