Massive Garage Gets Fully Automated with Savant to House Rare Car Collection
Integrator BlueSpeed AV outfits 7,000-square-foot garage with a Savant smart home control, as well as Lutron lighting and shades, to help client display rare cars.
Lisa Montgomery · June 15, 2018
What does every 27,000-square-foot home need? A fully automated 7,000-square-foot garage, of course. And that's exactly what Bixby, Okla.-based integrator BlueSpeed AV was able to create for a client who wanted an automated showroom for an impressive collection of rare luxury vehicles and authentic race cars.
“He wanted a trophy room of sorts, a gallery where he could showcase his cars under one roof and host events and dinners,” says Ryan Sullivan, owner of BlueSpeed AV, of the purpose behind this unique, 7,000-square-foot space outfitted with Savant control.
It was a feat that earned the project a Gold Award from CE Pro sister publication, Electronic House, for the Electronic House Home of the Year category of Best Unique Space.
Systems & Equipment
- Epson video projector
- Savant control system
- Lutron lighting and motorized shading
- Screen Innovations 160-inch screen
- Samsung 75-inch TVs
- Bowers & Wilkins, MSE Audio speakers
- Kaleidescape media server
- Autonomic music server
- Honeywell security
- Luma security cameras
Lutron Puts Owner in the Pole Position
Constructed as a separate wing of the 27,000-square-foot house, the area goes from zero to 60 in seconds.
The clients only need to tap a button on any of seven sleek Lutron Palladiom keypads positioned throughout the room to activate the lights, music system, video projector, and adjust the thermostat.
The settings of these systems vary depending on which keypad button is pressed so that the atmosphere is perfect for any number of activities.
“Event,” for example, commands the Epson video projector to lower its hiding place above the ceiling, each of six TVs (two are 75 inches; the rest are 65 inches) to activate and tune to preselected sports channel (without audio), 100 loads of lights to illuminate the entire area, seven Lutron motorized shades to lower, and music from an Autonomic music server to spill through more than two dozen MSE Audio SoundTube and Bowers & Wilkins speakers.
The SoundTube speakers hang like pendant lights from the ceiling; the B&W speakers are mounted flush into the ceiling.
Projecting the Right Image
A 160-inch Zero Gravity Slate screen from Screen Innovations displays images from the Epson projector; the owners use a Savant app on their iPads and iPhones to select video from one of several cable boxes, 4K Apple TV, Kaleidescape movie server, or a presentation from a laptop.
“Fundraisers are often held here, so presenters can plug their laptops right into the projector system,” Sullivan says. They can quickly interrupt the music, and instruct audio from the laptop (or any of the seven TVs) to broadcast through the speakers instead.
Savant and Lutron Light Up Car Collection
Another favorite scene, called “Presentation,” switches everyone’s focus to the owner’s car collection, which includes Jaguars, Ferraris, Aston Martins, and a few NASCAR race cars.
Upon engaging this scene—either from a Lutron keypad or Savant mobile app—30 light switches brighten and dim connected fixtures to highlight the key features of each car.
The car collection is the focal point of this expansive space, but there are other goodies that eat up the real estate, as well.
Also under the supervision of the Savant control system are a 1950s-style diner, candy and ice cream shop, and media room. After admiring the owner’s prized possessions, guests can grab a snack or catch a movie.
When the evening draws to a close, the owner just taps an “Away” button to switch off every light and A/V component. At the same time, the security system goes into high alert, ensuring this uniquely designed and automated area is well protected.
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Lisa Montgomery has been a member of the CE Pro and Electronic House editorial teams for nearly 20 years; most of that time as the Editor of Electronic House. With a knack for explaining complex high-tech topics in terms that average consumers can understand, her style of writing resonates with people who are interested in adding electronic systems to their homes, but are unsure of the steps involved and the solutions available. From basic lighting control systems to full-blown automation systems, Lisa understands the home electronics market well, and is able to point consumers in the right direction on their quest for a smarter, more convenient, efficient and enjoyable home. Over the years, she has developed close relationships with key manufacturers and seasoned custom electronics professionals, giving her a keen sense of what home technologies are hot now and what is on the horizon. She shares this wisdom regularly through feature stories, product roundups, case studies technology spotlights and comprehensive guides and books. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Lisa at email@example.com
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