Hidden Elan Control, Lutron Lighting Preserve Smart Home’s Southern Charm

Advanced Integrated Controls is a 2017 Mark of Excellence Award runner-up for this Palmetto Bluff luxury home with invisible home control and automation.


This smart home decked out with Lutron lighting, Elan home control, Sony and Sonos is a runner-up in the CTA/CE Pro Mark of Excellence Awards for 2017. See the full list of winners here and stay tuned on CE Pro for more individual stories of the project winners and runners-up. 

The Bluffton, S.C., homeowners wanted to take their multi-million-dollar old country style home and add all of the home technology possible without taking away from the old country feel.

To preserve the southern charm within a completely automated smart home, integration firm Advanced Integrated Controls (AIC) focused on three big areas:

  • Elan controls lighting/shades, eight zones 4K video, 12 audio zones and 45 integrated zones of security, fire, water detection
  • Lutron system incorporates 84 centralized and 24 local HomeWorks QS zones, three dedicated landscape zones, 17 Sivoia shades with custom woven fabrics
  • Outdoor space features 75-inch 4K Sony TV and two 49-inch 4K Sony TVs paired with sound system mainly hidden within ceiling

The Lutron lighting control system allowed AIC to reduce wall switch clutter and program custom lighting scenes for each keypads.

AIC built Lutron roller shades into hidden pockets and TVs into the ceiling on motorized lifts to help protect the beauty and charm of the house. The company also built motorized outdoor screens into the trim of the home to keep the “pesky” part of nature out.

The firm designed centrally-located 4K video and multi-zone streaming audio systems to allow any user to access their favorite shows and music from anywhere.

Scene control was key to the outcome of the project. The challenge wasn’t installing all of the unique systems within the house; it was creating one system that would allow all of the individual systems to work together seamlessly from one simple to use platform.

Advanced Integrated Controls created a fully automated home with all of its Southern charm. See more photos.

Equipment List

Home Controls: Elan gSC10 (Master Controller), Elan gSC2 (Secondary Controller)

Lighting Controls: Lutron Homeworks QS, (17) Sivioa QS Roller and Roman Shades

Multi-Room Distribution & Entertainment Systems: Elan (S1616A) Audio Matrix/Amplifier, Atlona (AT-UHD-PRO3-88M) 4K HDMI matrix, RX-A850 Yamaha AVR, RX-A1050 Yamaha AVR, (5) Sonos CONNECT (Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Sirius XM)

Flat Panel Displays: (1) 85” Sony 4K (XBR85X850D), (2) 75” Sony 4K (XBR75X850D), (1) 65” Sony 4K (XBR65X850D), (2) Sony 49” 4K (XBR49810D), (3) 55” Sony 4K (XBR55X850D), (1) 50” Sony (KDL50W800C), (7) 40” Sony (KDL40R510C), (1) 28” Sony

Main Theater Speakers: (7) CM8HD 8” Niles, (2) HRS10 Sunfire Subwoofers, HDF8003 KEF UniQ Theater Sounder

In-Wall/In-Ceiling Speakers: (20) CM7MP 7” Niles, (7) CM8HD 8” Niles

A/V Amps, Pre-Pros & Receivers: Elan S1616A, RX-A850 Yamaha AVR, RX-A1050 Yamaha AVR, (5) Sonos CONNECT (Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Sirius XM), (2) Nuvo Systems 4 Channel Digital Amplifier (NVD460)

Blu-Ray & DVD Players: (1) Sony Blu-Ray (BDP-S7200), (6) Apple TV, PS4, Xbox1

Remote Controls: (8) Elan WIFI Enabled Handheld Remotes (HR2), iPad, Tablet and Smart Phone controllability

A/V Furniture: (2) OMNI Mount A/V Racks (RE42), (2) Nexus21 Motorized TV Lift (L75i)

Other: (4) Sonos PLAY:1, (2) BluBolt Energy Management System (MR4315pro), (1) Panamax UPS with BlueBolt Control (MB1500), (1) Luma camera NVR (LUM-500-NVR-8CH), (6) Wirepath Outdoor HD IP Video Camera (WPS-750-BUL-IPH), (4) NETGEAR Nighthawk Router and Wired Access Points (R7000), (2) NETGEAR 24 Port Gigabit Network Switch (JGS500), (16) zone DirecTV System (SWM16)

The finished product is a work of art. See more photos.