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Here’s one of our favorite Smart Home projects of the past few years. It really showcased our ability to integrate extremely complex systems and work hand-in-hand with architects, builders and other tradespeople…

Cutting-edge design, engineering and installation craftsmanship

Bennet Residence, Breckenridge, COThis spectacular mountain home incorporates advanced home automation, security, and networking. And that’s just for starters!  There’s also a sommelier system, an acoustically isolated bowling alley, a geothermal ice and snow-melt system, and an audio/video lounge that’s acoustically optimized and isolated from the rest of the structure. The homeowners can control the entire automation system, which includes 15 major home subsystems, via iPads or wall-mounted touchpanels located in each room.

High performance home entertainment is available everywhere the family wants. The whole-house audio/video system features a multimode fiber optic backbone that ensures the highest possible signal quality. There are 12 zones of video, each with 4K Ultra HD resolution. High-performance architectural speakers are completely concealed  in 22 audio zones on all three levels of the home. And the digital movie/music server is accessible from every zone.

Bennet Residence, Breckenridge, CO “The acoustic treatments and noise-isolation systems are truly state of the art,” says Ben Larkin (who was then our Technical Services Manager and is now our Vice-President and General Manager). “For example, the entire basement ceiling is a large floating mass that is completely isolated from the floor above. This keeps the sound from the bowling alley isolated from the kitchen. This part of the project was a massive undertaking and required months of detailed coordination between all of the contractors.”

Custom lighting control and motorized shades

The Lutron lighting and shading system features a rustic Ahwahnee lodge design using modern lighting control and bulb selections. Our technical staff designed the enterprise-level home network after several weeks of planning and coordination directly with Cisco Systems. Every inch of usable space in the home has reliable signal strength, ensuring solid performance for all mobile devices and laptop computers.

“These technologies are way beyond what anyone has ever seen up here,” says builder Arnie Surdyk of Double Diamond Property & Construction Services. “The whole geothermal ice and snow melt system is an amazing feature in a mountain home. And the home automation capabilities just take everything to a whole new level. It’s truly a showcase.”

“There were a lot of design, engineering, and project management challenges,” says Ben Larkin. “Not only our guys, but all of the other trades, including Arnie’s crew, acousticians, a wine sommelier, electricians and many more combined to make this project a major success.”

Bennet Residence, Breckenridge, CO

Winner of four major awards

ListenUp won four major awards for this Mountain Home project:
– TechHome Ultimate Home of the Year over $300K from the Consumer Electronics Association
– Crestron Integration Award for Ultimate Connected Home Over $750K
– Lutron Excellence Award for Best Engineered System
– CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles® Award for Best Dressed System (given to the advanced home system with the best organized rack and wiring system).
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