Installation Inspiration: N.Y. Dealer Expertly Meshes Myriad Smart Home Subsystems

Check out how AAA Electronic Services designed a system that presents a luxury lifestyle with the amenities of a resort and the functionality of a sophisticated home office.

AAA might be known for assisting automobile owners, but when it comes to custom technology integration AAA Electronic Services in Queens, N.Y., also knows how to deliver top-notch service.

For this homeowner situated in a Metro New York neighborhood, AAA Electronic Services partnered with interior designers, engineers and builders to make visions of today’s state-of-the-art smart home and home entertainment their new reality.

While the design aesthetic is a blend of modern amenities and traditional farmhouse visual cues, the technology demands of a contemporary family fueled this client’s hopes. Gaming, streaming video, home office, security and automation created a need for next-generation technology.

With decades of experience delivering on such requests, director of operations Yash Momaya and the AAA Electronic Services team designed a system that presents a luxury lifestyle with the amenities of a resort and the functionality of a sophisticated home office.

During phase two of this major renovation, the home is nearly complete with reimagined smart home amenities back-boned via URC’s Total Control platform to automate actions, control other systems and integrate with products from several brands. The system includes single-touch control throughout the home via 16 TKP-7600 touchscreens.

Via AAA Electronics’ expert programming, the system incorporates automated audio, video, climate, lighting, shading, security and several exterior subsystems to deliver unified control and luxurious lifestyle conveniences. The addition of 13 TRC-1480 devices takes simple touch or voice command throughout the house — controlling the family’s favorite streaming content and the rest of the Total Control system.

“The homeowner had a clear vision of the design aesthetic and lifestyle elements needed in the home, and URC’s Total Control helped us deliver on both,” says Momaya of the control and integration required on this extensive project.

Because audio was another major request for the household, Momaya and AAA Electronic Services wanted to ensure high-quality listening experiences throughout. They designed and installed a full 32 zones of various audio, aided by five of URC’s HDA-8100 multizone amplifiers.

The Total Control platform was able to easily integrate with devices such as a Denon Heos Drive HS2 streaming amplifier, CasaTunes CT-8+ amp, Beale Street Audio A120 sub amplifier, and Crown Audio CR-CDi 1000 amplifier. The homeowners can access their preferred audio streaming services via Total Control integration and enjoy music from 40 loudspeakers including Russound, Vanco Beale Street Audio, and Snap One Episode models.

“The high level of integration between URC and many other third parties certainly made everything convenient for programming and use by the end user,” Momaya says. “The team at URC is always a pleasure to deal with.”

To elevate comfort and peace of mind, automated lighting control and shading were integrated into the design. AAA Electronic Services created a system with Lutron products throughout including 11 Maestro RF Dimmers with PRO LED+ Technology and 10 seeTouch scene keypads chosen to match the decor.

Interior and exterior lights were scheduled to turn on at sunset and off at sunrise. Lutron Sivoia QS Roller Shades were programmed to regulate direct sunlight in the home and provide privacy — plus an additional security element.

Additional integrations included a DoorBird D101 IP Video Door Station at the gate to monitor for safety and provide easy access by the homeowner. Snap One Wattbox provides the project’s power needs, and a Ubiquiti home network delivers reliable coverage inside and out.

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