We’ve almost completed construction on our beach cabana and are looking forward to installing a DEDON Swingrest. Should be a great spot to take in those amazing Caribbean sunsets…
When it comes to sweet home theaters, incredible smart homes that are filled with top-of-the-line AV gear, and essentially anything I find cool when visiting ElectronicHouse.com or CEPro.com – my main complaint is that I cannot see or experience these things first hand. Most of the time, the awesome projects I read about are where you’d expect to find luxury homes and where extravagant lifestyles are lived i.e. penthouses in Manhattan, hip-estates in L.A., and even across the world in Dubai. That’s why I felt compelled to share this local Rhode Island project, (although I have not seen it in person, either). I’m not saying certain parts of R.I. aren’t luxurious (anyone seen Ocean Road?) – it’s just that this project is too cool not share and I love the local tie-in.
The picturesque Swede Hill House, on Block Island, R.I., could be any designer or architect’s dream home. Upon looking deeper, one can tell that the home’s custom AV system rivals its Scandinavian design. Robert Saglio Audio/Video Design (RSVAD) was brought in from the beginning to help ensure that when homeowners aren’t enjoying the breeze, the panoramic view, or the local beaches, a state-of-the-art AV system keeps them entertained and in complete control of their home. With a keen attention to detail, RSVAD was able to cleanly integrate a multitude of technology products throughout the space, as well as meet their goal of including climate control and monitoring from off-site, without interrupting the home’s delicate aesthetics.
Block Island and the Swede Hill House are only accessible by ferry, and with some of the highest utility rates in the country, energy efficiency was a must. That didn’t stop RSVAD from providing a comprehensive and seamless installation. A solar hot water system provides heating for residential use and for the heated swimming pool. Controlled by Crestron automation solutions, the system also boasts Lutron lighting control, shading components, and high efficiency lamping and fixtures, which all contribute to the energy conscious nature of the project.
The home’s entertainment system includes custom built, Rogers Hi Fidelity tube amplifiers, which aren’t typically used in high technology installs because their lack of control functions. RSVAD worked with Rogers’ engineers to build an amp that gives homeowners both concert-quality audio and control of the system. The audio system is enhanced with world-class Sonus Faber Amati Futura loudspeakers. Future Automation Picture and Flat Screen Lifts in the main living space conceal and unveil the homeowners TV at the push of a button, again contributing to the low-key look and feel of the AV system. Outside the home, the built-in pool features Clark Synthesis Diluvio Underwater Loudspeakers, which provide homeowner’s with a unique underwater listening experience.
The remote location of the home presented some interesting challenges for the installation, but by working the homeowners throughout the design process, RSVAD ensured the AV package met the challenge. The Swede Hill House received an American Institute of Architects’ Honors Award for residential design, which certainly reflects upon the extremely high standards and specification that RSVAD helped implement. I hope you enjoyed reading about this project as much as I did. The Swede Hill House will also be featured on Electronic House.com sometime in the month of June – be sure to check it out!