Ninja Warriors Need Home Control, Too

This 13,000-square-foot, 1.2-acre mountainside home with indoor aerial sport obstacle gym was recently showcased in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes.

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Zane Hansen helps to develop extreme recreation parks throughout the country. His company connects families with clean entertainment and adrenaline-packed experiences. 

So when he recently built his 13,000-square-foot home in Mapleton, Utah, he sought to incorporate an indoor aerial sport obstacle gym for his family and friends to enjoy.

“We have five young kids that each have an enormous amount of energy,” says Hansen. “I thought it would be fun to create an environment that would allow for more active family time. My wife and I both agree there are too many kids sitting around these days. Recreation is a key element for a healthy lifestyle.”

Complete with a “Ninja Course,” rock climbing wall, aerial silks, custom wall murals and a basketball court, Hansen needed a way to seamlessly control the indoor aerial sport obstacle gym’s lighting and audio to differentiate its environment from the rest of the home. 

To design a reliable home automation system, Hansen called on local technology integrator Luke Whatcott of Greenline Home Solutions, who installed an ELAN Entertainment and Control System as the central hub of the home’s technological ecosystem.

Hansen and his family now control their audio, climate, security and lighting remotely with the following:

  • ELAN gSC10 Controller
  • ELAN g1 Controller
  • ELAN S1616a Multi-Room Audio Controller

“Control at the touch of a button is really important for Zane to create a unique environment within the gym than in the rest of the home,” says Whatcott. 

Powerful Audio

Beyond enabling total control, Whatcott and his team were tasked with designing a powerful audio system that delivers a deep bass.

With 21-foot-high ceilings in a room that Whatcott describes as an “enormous box,” generating crystal clear sound was a challenge.

“Their company is used to having elaborate audio systems in their parks, so audio was an extremely important component of this installation,” says Whatcott. “We had to use high-end speakers and subwoofers to truly deliver.”

To make sure that the music was really felt and not just heard, Whatcott mounted two Sunfire XTEQ subwoofers in the upper corners of the gym, with SpeakerCraft CRS in-ceiling speakers installed throughout.

Sunfire XTEQ subwoofers sit in the upper corners of the gym. See more photos.

“The Sunfire and SpeakerCraft products make a great pair,” says Whatcott. “Together, they create the sound that we were looking for; the in-ceiling speakers direct the sound while the subwoofers really deliver the power.”

The gym’s audio system is tied into the lighting system; the black lights and LED lights can “listen” to the beat of the music and “dance” in different arrangements.

“We wanted to do something really cool by marrying the lighting and the audio, and we were able to do that pretty easily,” adds Whatcott. “Zane is also able to control the lighting and the music together with one of his two gHR200 remotes or with the ELAN app on his smartphone.” 

Security Gives Peace of Mind

Beyond the recreational space, Hansen also wanted the best security system possible to make sure that his family would be protected.

With 11 cameras on-site both indoors and outdoors, he wanted to consult in one centralized location to ensure that his house is secure. 

“Through the ELAN app, I am able to view the security cameras from anywhere in the world,” says Hansen. “It gives me peace of mind to check-in on my family and make sure that they are well.”

Modest Home Theater

Additionally, Whatcott and his team installed a powerful audio system in the home’s custom-built theater.

The theater boasts a 145-inch screen with a high quality projector, both of which are controlled through the home’s central ELAN system.

He also incorporated two Sunfire XTEQ subwoofers to guarantee a dramatic and sensory sound experience.

Hansen opted for a modest home theater, contrasted with his epic 'adventure park' style gym. See more photos.

Although Hansen and his family officially moved into the home a few months ago, they had time to watch the ELAN system in action while the home was showcased in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes

“I have never used a home automation system before,” says Hansen. “Through the showcase, I was able to get a grasp on what it does and what it will do for my family. I am so excited to continue to use it for entertainment, security and beyond.”