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How They Did It: The Beach House

Ed Wenck
Jan 16, 2020



This project’s an interesting illustration of the relationship that can be built between homeowner and integrator. Len Wallis Audio says:

“The key performance objectives for this design were essentially set by our customer. He is a very well researched when it comes to leading-edge home technology. Our company was initially brought on in a consultancy capacity. We were asked to give unbiased advice on all available options for a modern luxury smart home.

“The main wish was for a completely integrated smart home with all electrical sub-systems integrated into a single control solution.

“Flexibility and cabling contingency were also very important to this client. They were particularly knowledgeable about home networking and the future bandwidth limitations that traditional cabling may be susceptible to.”



“Once all options had been discussed we all agreed that a high-end Savant solution would fit the needs of the client very well. At this point, our role changed from Consultant to Solution Provider and we were contracted into the project.”

Seven audio zones are part of the system, with four catering to 4K distributed video. Three of the audio zones are surround sound.

The home has a backup network solution: If the cable internet feed is down, a 4G modem takes over.

Automated scenes include smoke detection which triggers lights and opens doors, evening lighting, wake-up settings, and lights out at 9 p.m. in all the kids’ bedrooms. User-initiated scenes include “Living Music” for background audio, “Entertain” which includes a party playlist and dimmed lighting, and many more.

CEDIA’s judging panel were especially taken with the nice lighting solutions in this project, calling the entire system “just a very, very solid integration.” They awarded this home the trophy for Best Integrated Home, Level III (Asia Pacific).



Len Wallis Audio
64 Burns Bay Road
Lane Cove, New South Wales 2066
Australia
29.427.6755
lenwallisaudio.com
CEDIA Member Since 1995

Industry Partners

Architect:
Mathew Woodward, Architect

Specialty Consultant:
Simon Chiu, Electrical Engineer

Specialty Consultant:
John Walsh, Lighting Programmer

Specialty Consultant:
Chris Pisani, Security Specialist



EQUIPMENT LIST

Apple
Audioquest
Belden
Blustream
B&W
Dynalite
Eaton
Foxtel
James Loudspeaker
Liberty
LuxePort
Luxul
Marantz
Middle Atlantic
NESS
Netgear
Oppo
Panasonic
Planetwave (cable)
QNAP
QSC
Rexel
Rotel
Ruckus
Savant
Seagate
Thor
Vogel’s




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