This large vacation home out in Avon, Colorado proved to be more of a headache than ListenUp originally anticipated. With seven bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, numerous decks including a large patio with fireplace, and a full exercise room with indoor hot tub, it wasn’t the size that was daunting; it was the original wiring job. Originally purchased as a golf and ski retreat in the shadow of the Rockies the clients had found that their old control system and AV distribution had become borderline inoperable.
As such, ListenUp’s main task was switching over the home’s main systems to a newer Control4 platform. However, as with all existing homes, the removal of current equipment and replacement proved to be a challenge, the integrator noted
In this case, perhaps the largest challenge was the lighting control system.
“There was some very ‘creative’ lighting wiring and switching in the home and this was also one of the first projects ListenUp had ever completed electrically,” ListenUp marketing specialist Hallie Mach explains. “Our electricians went out and replaced all traditional rocker switches with Lutron keypads. Similarly, the lack of labeling and cut wires made the video and audio signal transfer more challenging than it should have been.”
Setting a New Standard for Mountain Living
Entertainment was extremely important to the client as was global control of the various system — lighting, window treatments, thermostats, etc. Surveillance cameras to check on the local weather and security of the vacation home while the clients were away were also a must.
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However, the center of attention in this elegant installation ends up being a custom 75-inch Séura Mirror TV featuring a large gold frame. It’s a TV when it’s on, but a perfect mirror when it’s off. “It took six of us to hang it because it’s so heavy with the glass, and it’s on a stone surface, so a lot of work went into hanging it,” notes Dusty Gorski, the project’s design and sales lead.
When it comes to aesthetics, the home, which backs up to the renowned Beaver Creek Golf Course and Ski Resort, also features a one-of-a-kind iron staircase with branches and leaves.
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