The solution: A home entertainment specialist mindful of interior design and well versed in concealment techniques.
The project: A serious overhaul of a four-storey townhouse requiring an expandable multi-room audio system, distributed Sky feeds to multiple TVs, a highly discrete media room, a waterproof bathroom TV and extensive wired and wireless data network all future-proofed flexible to changing uses of space.
The result: A basement media room that hides the large flat-screen TV when not in use. A custom made art print scrolls down from the tailored frame of the recessed TV to hide any evidence of its existence. In-ceiling speakers throughout the property, fill the home with music without taking up floor space or being unnecessarily eye-catching. As for the stacks of ‘black boxes’ of equipment, they are held in a closet in climate controlled conditions. The whole home wiring infrastructure, hidden behind the walls, connects the equipment to relevant screens and speakers for playback.
For whole home audio, Couture Digital specified a wireless multi-room system that has attractive controllers with industrial design reminiscent of the Apple iPod. Controllers can be carried around in the palm of your hand for convenience and then docked on wall cradles for charging. The full colour displays show album art, and tracks are selectable using a familiar jog wheel. Being a wireless system, additional music zones can be added without the need to add more wiring. For video, all screens in the home, even the waterproof TV in the bathroom, benefit from a distribution system so that normal terrestrial channels and Sky channels can be viewed.
To be completely future proof, the home was flood-wired with extra wiring in every room, ready for any change of use or equipment re-positioning. Complementing the wired network, a secure wireless network provides convenient internet access for residents or guests moving around with laptops.