California Cool: This Irish-built contemporary home is a music lover’s dream
15th Oct 2021
This contemporary home might look like it could be nestled into the Hollywood hills, but it’s in fact an Irish project that incorporates cutting-edge tech for a seamless entertainment experience.
There’s no doubt that technology is gradually becoming an essential part of our homes. We can turn on our lights remotely to welcome us home, instantly close blinds, and feel secure thanks to cameras that can be checked through an app.
Even if you don’t want technology running through every aspect of your home, investing in one system that’s particularly important to you can really make a difference to your everyday enjoyment of it. That’s what the owners of this stunning cliffside home found.
Built for entertainment
“While building their dream home, our clients realised they had the opportunity to drastically improve the quality, reach, and accessibility of their beloved music collection,” said Patrick Morrissy, sales and marketing lead at Hitech Homes.
“Both homeowners simply love listening to music, so they wanted to integrate every source available and make it easy to listen to in any room.” The solution, Patrick explains, was installing an Elan Control System, which controls speakers everywhere in their home, installed in discreet locations like bookshelves, in ceilings, and even outside for alfresco dining.
Each can be controlled by a remote control, or through an app on their phone, allowing them to easily switch between music sources and adjust volume. It also was able to incorporate a variety of music sources, including a vinyl turntable and an Autonomics high-definition music streamer, perfect for these music lovers.
The ease of use was a main factor in their decision, explains Patrick. After all, a system which is difficult to use will in all likelihood, not get used at all. “Besides the music functions, we chose Elan because it’s hands-down the easiest system to operate,” Patrick says.
Easy to use
“With just a few taps on the touchscreen remote, our clients can direct any of their music sources to any, or all, of the audio zones, plus have instant volume and pause functionality. They love it, and we hope it inspires more homeowners to consider how home automation can improve their lives.”
The team at Hitech Homes were able to advise on every aspect of the system, which is powered through a conditioner that protects against electrical surges and voltage spikes. The system can also easily be added to, giving great flexibility.
While the project was already underway, the homeowners decided to add another audio zone, which was completed without difficulty. And it’s not just music fans that can benefit from an integrated home system.
Brian and Patrick Morrissy, the two brothers that run the company, also specialise also in home cinema, whole home audio and video including centralised TV systems for clutter-free living spaces, WiFi distribution, security, lighting and blind controls. The company provides a full suite of home control technologies — all controlled from one app or remote control.
In addition, they do smart home structured cabling plans for new builds and renovations. Whatever your smart home needs, they can advise on the best solution.