The Challenge

Case StudyWhen homeowners, Sara and her husband Dave, of Costello Builders, decided to construct their new home in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country they had two major requirements. The first was a dedicated home theater and the other was a whole-house automation system they could control from their Apple devices that was powerful and easy-to-use. The question on their minds? Would they be able to seamlessly marry their love of rustic-style design with modern convenience and luxury? For a solution, they called on long-time friend Lee Rambler, vice president and director of custom home, WeeBee Audio/Video, who suggested they adopt URC’s Total Control® whole-house automation system.

The URC Solution

“We knew Total Control was the ideal choice and would make things easy for them without detracting from the home’s eclectic yet elegant design,” said Lee. Any member of the family can enjoy music of their choice from anywhere throughout the interior or exterior of the home – right from any of their iDevices or one of four Total Control remotes. Closeted away in a neat and serviceable rack, the installed URC amplifier, personal music server plus streaming network player give the family of three access to whole-house audio from multiple sources they’re already used to including Pandora, Napster, Sirius/XM and their respective iPod® playlists. Powered by URC’s MRX-10 Controller, the family also enjoys control of more than just their music. “They love that they can use their iPhone® or iPad® to control everything, including music and lighting, without having to search for a remote,” said Lee.

“What’s cool is because of Total Control’s flexibility, lighting control was an add-on they initially didn’t care about, but now consider neat and very useful.”

A Winning Combination

Case StudyMixing reclaimed elements and modern technology, rustic décor and refined gear, the resulting home embraces eclecticism with plenty of high-end appeal. Besides the benefits of the addition of the control system, the dedicated theater room stays true to the homeowners’ design sensibility while punctuated with technological touches. Its 92″ projector screen is framed in construction salvaged wood, facing plush couches amidst hardwood floors, a roofed projector and a truly unique sculptural depiction of a coral reef. The theater now plays host to parties for the couple’s teen daughter and her friends plus mother-daughter movie nights, making it the ultimate multi-purpose space.

“I’m pleased with the capabilities of what we were able to do with Total Control. The easy integration of handheld remotes and smartphone/tablet apps has opened a new world for our client. The fact that you have multiple interfaces and all with the same intuitive screens for continuity of use is great. It’s flattering to know that Sara and her daughter love the time they spend in the theater room watching movies, hanging out with friends or just lounging,” concluded Lee.

“Over a year later,” added Sara, “and the theater room is still my favorite room in the house.”

The URC Gear

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MRX-10 Advanced Network System Controller
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DMS-1200 Multi-Zone Network Amplifier
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SNP-1 Streaming Network Player
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PSX-2 Personal A/V Server
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TRC-780 Handheld Remote Controls
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iOS Total Control MobileTM App
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MFS-POE8 MAC Filtering Network Switch
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ZR-1n Transceiver/Repeater
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THZ-100 Advanced Thermostats
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RF light dimmers
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Rack Mounting Kits
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RFTX-1 Narrow Band RF Transmitter

Other Gear

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LG 42″ Plasma TV
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SnapAV In-Ceiling Speakers
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SnapAV In-Wall Speakers
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SnapAV Outdoor Speakers
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SnapAV Powered Subwoofer
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Sharp 60″ 1080p 120hz LED lit LCD TV
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Sony 32″ LCD TV
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Sony 1080p 3D SXRD Projector
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Sony Blu-ray/DVD/CD player