A project with multiple audio zones, panelized lighting, and motorized drapery may not at first seem like a “budget” project, but in the case of ‘Simple Elegance’ in Huntsville, Alabama, it was exactly that. The homeowner wanted to downsize, in speaking with Mozaic Audio Video Integration, expressed disappointment in the existing AV and control system that had been installed by a separate firm in their previous home.
A Smart Home Downsize Leads to More Tailored Automations
The client still wanted much of the convenience that came with a home automation system, namely in the areas of lighting and music. They wanted to be able to hear music throughout their house, have complete control over the lighting and shading, and experience integrated audio with their TV.
What they did not want was, as the client described, a home “filled with touchpanels” and confusing controls. In fact, as they told Mozaic, they wanted to significantly downsize on the amount of technology that had existed in their last home.
There had also been the issue of the prior system being too “closed.” In the client’s words, if they ever wanted to upgrade and make changes to the system, it seemed to be too arduous of process to do so. Likewise, they felt as though such an extensive control system did not offer too much value for what they were looking for.
“We had to overcome their hesitancy and earn their trust that the Mozaic approach to smart home control is unique. This installation had to be simple to operate, flexible, aesthetically pleasing, and without what the homeowners felt was unnecessary electronics clutter on their last project,” says Michael Johnson, CEO of Mozaic.
Mozaic Audio Video Creates a Simplified Home System on a Budget
The system itself runs just shy of $38,000, and, according to Mozaic Audio Video, was exactly the downsize the homeowners wanted. It was also impressive enough to take home a Bronze in the CE Pro Home of the Year Awards in the Best Budget Category.
The system consists of Lutron lighting, Sonos audio, Origin Acoustics architectural speakers and Screen Innovations motorized drapes, all of which the homeowners were very keen on having disappear into the home’s design.
In the dining area, the homeowners had a custom finish ceiling done with automotive paint with sides treated in custom wallpaper, prompting Mozaic to go with the Origin Acoustics C63 composer series speakers for their narrow width. The speaker also received custom painting to match with the rest of the décor.
In the foyer, finding a properly sized drapery track became the main problem. The shading, due to the sheer size of the windows and the staircase placement, needed to be measured and fitted perfectly before being installed.
Tying Lutron Homework’s Lighting in tandem with Sonos Audio and Screen Innovations Motorized Drapery created an easy to use “single button press” experience. Meanwhile automated scheduling for lighting and drapes allow the homeowners to relax, and not worry about difficult to use touch panels or control systems.
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