A smart home is more than a combination of lighting, AV, climate control, and security. It is the place where technology experiences happen that are unique to every user. In the case of this garage, that unforgettable experience comes in the form of an entertainment hub for the entire family. This space includes a golf simulator, home theatre, and game room. Instead of a car owner’s paradise, the owner and architect re-envisioned the traditional garage as a space for the entire family to enjoy.
It features a Foresight GCHawk golf simulator, Optoma UHZ65 projector, integrated Lutron lighting control, Savant home automation, TDG Audio surround-sound, and TSP-created custom LED fixtures. This garage unit became more than just a place to practice your swing. It became a multi-purpose media room designed for the owner’s entire family to enjoy. Everything from movie nights to intense ping-pong matches (the owner is an avid player himself) happens in this fully-integrated space.
For many car enthusiasts a 2,100 square foot garage would be a dream location to store your nicest cars. For the owner of this unit, the garage was an everyday space with untapped potential. The architect, Bjorn Skaptason, and TSP Smart Spaces were faced with the challenge of creating a space that highlighted the owner’s passions. At the same time it should follow the same design narrative as his penthouse apartment, declared the “Best Apartment in Iceland” in 2015 by Icelandic Magazine Hús Og Híbýli.
“At first, we didn’t know what we were going to do with the space. Once we finally settled on something and had the architect do some drawings, it became clear that TSP was the best fit for this project.”
Home owner, Skuggi Media Room
What resulted from this challenge is a garage unit that is anything but your typical garage.
The CGHawk golf simulator was a keystone piece of technology in the space. This allows the owner to enjoy his biggest passion, even in Iceland’s frigid winters. The advanced object-tracking capabilities and stunning 4k resolution provide an immersive experience to practice your swing. Adding to the immersive experience is an Optoma UHZ65 High-Definition projector that provides a stunning 4K resolution and delivers breathtaking picture quality.
To complete the scene, TSP Smart Spaces brought TDG Audio to the space with 6 in-wall LCR speakers and a Skybar LCR architectural soundbar. These surround sound speakers pair with an Arcam AVR390 receiver, which provides DIRAC acoustic calibration. This perfects the sound using a patented measurement technique.With total visual and audio immersion, you really feel like you’re hitting the links on a bright sunny day in the comfort of your own home.
Beyond the ability to golf any time of the year, the garage space also provides fully-automated scenes for any situation. At the touch of a button, the lighting dims, and the projector shifts to cinema mode, allowing the entire family to enjoy a movie night together. A simple voice command shifts the lights to full brightness when the owner rolls out the game table for a rousing game of ping pong (another hobby the entire family enjoys together.)
A Lutron Homeworks QS system serves as the backbone for the space’s integrated controls, which features customized Palladiom keypads, Savant automation controls, and Wever & Ducre LED lighting. By seamlessly integrating all of these products into an integrated control system, we were able to repurpose this garage space into an enjoyable and flexible area.
What’s the difference between a media room and a home theater? Check out our article on what makes them different “Home Theater vs. Media Room – What’s the Difference?”
The space still has the capacity to function as a garage if need be. However, TSP Smart Spaces worked to incorporate a luxurious elegance to the area and maintain practicality at the same time. To reinforce the media room design narrative Björn Skaptason brought to the garage, TSP Smart Spaces used personalized products from Lutron, Savant, and Wever & Ducre, and even created custom light fixtures.
TSP Smart Spaces and Nordic Smart Spaces engineer Kristjan Himarsson worked directly with the finish carpenter to create 20 custom light fixtures. These integrated with the design narrative while providing the integrated lighting needed for the space. Above all, these fixtures matched the ceiling color and incorporated LED strips, providing a customization level not traditionally seen in smart homes.
“It’s really the best looking garage you’ve ever seen. It’s not even just a garage, it’s a 2,000 square-foot man cave. My family are avid golfers, and ping pong is one of my favorite activities. We also have access to television, so it’s actually turned into a space that a lot of people are enjoying.”
Owner, Skuggi Media Room
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TSP Smart Spaces combines luxury design aesthetics with the latest in smart home automation technology. From colonial-style mansions in Boston to seaside retreats in Florida, to luxurious vacation homes in Iceland, we help bring unique technology experiences to you. We empower homeowners to control their homes by controlling everything from lights and shades to audio and visual, all from a singular device or voice command. Our proven Design, Build, and Support process ensures we are with you from the beginning of your smart home journey and beyond.
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