The challenge was to create a system that offers advanced control and
automation features and integrates with key sub-systems in a 40,000 squarefoot
Greenwich, CT home.
The solution was a fully integrated Crestron system that controls audio,
video, HVAC, lighting, motorized shades/draperies, hidden doors, pool,
multiple security/alarm systems, and motorized exterior doors that drop into
The integrator for the job was John Clancy, CTO and executive VP for
Audio Command Systems.
Welcome to Cave 76. Named after the sanctuary in the Mel Brooks/Carl
Reiner “2000 Year Old Man” skit from the 1960s, this impressive home
features the most advanced Crestron AV and control systems and delivers the
ultimate entertainment experience for the homeowner and his family.
“The clients have a tremendous passion for technology and love the Crestron
product line,” Clancy noted.
|With one touch from the Crestron remote, the French doors surrounding the
indoor/outdoor pool drop down and disappear into the basement. In just seconds,
the indoor pool and lounge convert into a breathtaking outdoor space.
The new construction project took nearly five years from its design phase
to move in.
“The size and scope of the project were huge,” Clancy said. “It took a lot
of time, planning, and coordinating with the design team, which consisted of
the homeowner, architect, builder, interior designer, and integrator. The team
took a plot of land and created a truly magnificent estate, boasting the best
control and automation solution, plus integration with many sub-systems. We
used Crestron for everything possible, from the surround sound processors to
amplifiers and audio systems.”
The massive home features CAT speakers in its home theater, Focal in
a two-channel room, and a blend of Stealth Acoustics, Sonance, Totem
Acoustics, Triad, and Leon speakers throughout.
Here’s a tour of some of the more unique rooms and features of the home.
On display in the library is the homeowner’s vast comic book and memorabilia
collection. With its high ceilings, all-wood walls, 12 bookshelf speakers, and
large assortment of books, the room could easily be one found in Wayne
Manor, residence of Batman’s alter ego Bruce Wayne. The space combines the
best of both worlds–high technology and high design to create a cool hangout
and command center for the homeowner.
|The gym’s Crestron touchscreens are programmed with a one-touch button
feature that turns on a path of lights to the gym for pre-sunrise workouts.
Audio Command made sure the homeowner’s collectables are displayed and
lit properly by using Crestron lighting control. Crestron motorized shades help
protect the collection from damaging UV rays. Additionally, Audio Command
installed electronic locks on the password-protected safe that contains the most
valuable comic books.
Another unique feature of the library is a “hidden” technology element
straight out of the movies. “By pulling the lever disguised as a book, the
concealed Crestron-controlled door in the bookshelf opens, leading to a secret
passageway to the upper library and
balcony,” said Brett Hager, senior project
manager at Audio Command Systems.
Clancy added that the book trigger is
a simple contact closure to execute the
The homeowner loves to enjoy a
drink and a cigar in his office, but doesn’t
like the room filling up with smoke and
lingering for days. The solution? An
air filtration system akin to those used
on submarines is integrated with the
Crestron system to clear out the smoke
and circulate fresh air. In fact, there
are multiple air ventilation systems; in
addition to the house-wide HVAC system
and exhaust fans, there’s also one in the
two-channel room and another in the
gun range. Although Audio Command
Systems’ automation system is controlling
all of them, they were devised by the
project’s mechanical engineer.
|After three months of cable management and
systems integration using 14 Middle Atlantic
Products racks of AV equipment, the result is an
incredibly organized, easily serviced, clean space
that the clients can show off to their guests as
part of the home tour.
The Crestron touchscreens are
programmed with a one-touch button
feature that turns on a path of lights to
the gym for pre-sunrise workouts. The
same button-touch simultaneously sets
the HVAC to the desired temperature in the gym
and turns on the TV and music to the homeowner’s
favorite stations. The homeowner says that with the
system, he spends more time working out, and less
time preparing the gym.
The master bedroom features an 85-inch TV,
full surround sound, Triad speakers, and multiple
subwoofers. The homeowners can control their
entertainment, shades, lights, thermostats, alarm,
security, and much more from the MTX-3 handheld
remote or tabletop V-Panel V12 touchscreen.
“The client can look at cameras and manage their
entire property from their bedroom,” Hager added.
Lighting and Shades
The house is enormous, and the clients are
very energy-conscious. Complete control and
automation of shades and indoor/outdoor lighting
enables them to increase energy efficiencies while
With a collection of more than 10,000 Blu-ray
Discs and DVDs, this movie buff needed a place to
enjoy his Mel Brooks collection and other favorite
classic films. The 16-seat dedicated home theater
does the trick.
As they enter the theater, the homeowner, his family, and guests load up
on popcorn and candy from the fully stocked concession stand in the lobby.
When it’s show time, path lighting, 26 speakers from CAT, and the ultra-bright
Digital Projection TITAN Quad Reference 3D projector (located in a separate
room) provide a mesmerizing experience.
“The theater is amazing in its own right. In terms of sound, it’s definitely the
best theater I’ve ever heard,” Hager noted.
The Crestron DigitalMedia system routes any AV source to any room in the
house, including the home theater. The homeowner can watch movies from
his comprehensive collection and other content via a Kaleidescape server with
multiple M700 Blu-Ray vaults, cable boxes, or Apple TV. Whatever the client
selects comes to life with the help of the Crestron PROCISE surround sound
processor and amplifiers.
Indoor/Outdoor Pool Area
With one touch from the Crestron remote, the French doors surrounding the
indoor/outdoor pool drop down and disappear into the basement. In just
seconds, the indoor pool and lounge convert into a breathtaking outdoor space.
The Sonnex multi-room audio distribution system pipes music throughout
the home, and even through the barreled ceiling above the indoor pool for
some added aquatic entertainment.
|With a collection of more than 10,000 Blu-ray Discs and DVDs, this movie buff needed a place to enjoy
his Mel Brooks collection and other favorite classic films cuts. The 16-seat dedicated home theater does
|The library/office space combines the high technology and high design to create a cool hangout and
command center for the homeowner.
Inside and out, this home showcases the best of home automation. There are
three large outdoor zones in which to enjoy music. There’s also a screened-in
porch with electric heaters tied to the automation system. If no one is
occupying the space after a certain amount of time, the heaters turn off
The client can monitor the CCTV cameras on the Crestron touchscreens or
from an iPad anywhere in the home. They can view a sequence of camera
images by room or by floor. The homeowner and Audio Command worked
with a security consultant to integrate the burglar alarm, fire safety system, and
perimeter system with the Crestron system to protect the entire estate and give
the homeowners total peace of mind. If a visitor drives up to the front gate,
an alert button is activated and the panel displays a lock/unlock button. The
homeowner simply taps the unlock
button to allow the visitors to proceed
to the house.
After three months of cable
management and systems integration
using 14 Middle Atlantic Products
racks of AV equipment, the result is an
incredibly organized, easily serviced,
clean space that the clients can show off
to their guests as part of the home tour.
The customers were thrilled with the
simplicity, control, and convenience
the system brought to their lives.
Meet the Team
Integrator: Audio Command
Architect: Mark P. Finlay
Builder: Hobbs Inc.