It’s any professional’s worst nightmare: unexpected changes to the agreed-upon game plan. It doesn’t help that in the case of home construction, that involves breaking into the already set sheet rock. However, that was the exact dilemma integrator Mozaic Audio Video Integration faced when the owners of this high-ceiling, mountainside home wanted some privacy in the form of motorized shades.
Having originally declined the offer, it was at the last minute that they decided the shades were a must have, and, being more than willing to oblige, Mozaic devised a design that would set 15 motorized shades throughout the house in the least obtrusive way possible.
The secret weapon? Rechargeable lithium battery powered shade cassettes. That way, Mozaic could avoid running any new wiring that would’ve resulted in the destruction of the already finished walls.
While all of that certainly sounds like the easy way out, the clincher was selecting fabric of the appropriate weight, color and opacity. It was a fact that the owners wanted complete privacy in the main rooms, however, elsewhere they were intent on having some soft light filtering in through the shades to provide that serene natural lighting.
The larger windows, too, called for an extra dressing of fabric, though, this wasn’t the case throughout the entire house. The high ceilings of the main room would taper down to other areas of the house, leaving smaller windows that could get by with less fabric.
Precise measurement of each window opening was also key. Even with the exclusion of wire, the systems integrators at Mozaic still had their work cut out. They didn’t want the shade cassettes to look or feel like an add-on but a seamless, natural part of the home design.
Mission accomplished, thanks to a variety of color options and availability of wireless, compact, low-profile cassettes from Screen Innovations plus thoughtful, precise installation.
They topped off the award-winning project by programming day and night routines for the shades to follow, enabling Google Home voice control, and integrating the shades with the owners’ Sonos music system and Lutron lighting system.
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