Inconspicuously installed technology, rich, natural materials and sheer size combine to create the “phenomenal movie and music experience” these homeowners dreamed of for their Great Room looking out across beautiful Lake Norman, just north of Charlotte, NC. An unlikely setting for a high-end media room, the expansive space in this mid-century modern boasts 10 massive ceiling-to-floor windows, 5 of which are curved to accent the breathtaking scenery. Other than the stunning 85” Sony 4K HDTV which would be mounted onto the 6” thick stone wall, the homeowners didn’t want any other technology to be visible. Through clever design solutions and extensive collaboration with the builder, architect, interior designer and multiple trades, SoundVision overcame various design and installation challenges to deliver this sophisticated and truly unique space.
The homeowners’ goal was to have a place to “wow” guests day and night, which required filtering of the light flooding in through the windows that encircled the room. Motorized single-roller Lutron shades were recessed in the existing window
frames. A 3% openness factor material was chosen to reduce glare and UV while allowing unobstructed views of the grounds and lake. Along with the 43 legs of Lutron lighting throughout the home, scenes were meticulously programmed
into the Control4 System to capitalize on the sunsets as well as to create “Arrive”, “Morning”, and “Goodnight” scenes and more. The open-concept design included multiple seating areas, as well as the dining room and kitchen, and featured vaulted ceilings which were already roughed in by both the electrician and the HVAC contractor. James Audio, with its unique
design solutions and uncompromising performance, was selected for the space. James’ small aperture in-ceiling speakers allowed for a complementary ceiling footprint and symmetry to the existing LED fixtures as well as to dual in- ceiling James Audio subwoofers disguised as HVAC register vents.
In addition, the home’s life-safety and security system, including 8 surveillance cameras, can be accessed through an automation app as well as the room’s video system. Through the integration of the security and lighting systems, should a security event arise, interior and exterior lights would alert occupants and first responders to the situation. Similarly, in the event of smoke or fire, exit paths would be illuminated. The homeowners are thrilled with the results. The impeccably designed room transforms from an elegant entertaining space with lake views to a dynamic home theater with a shade-dropping, light-lowering, 5.2 thumping experience, as requested. Great design, collaboration and technologies have come together to transform this open space into a truly unique and, “Great Room.”