A long time client of ours recently remodeled their backyard and added some cool A/V features. First, the older Crestron system was upgraded to a new MC3 processor and all the touch panels were replaced with Apple iPad's docked in Crestron in-wall docks.
We installed a SunBrite television in the Loggia with Elan weatherproof in-wall speakers. A custom trellis system with Somfy retractable shades covers the entire patio which is blanketed with audio from 4 Episode outdoor speakers.
The pool and outdoor lighting is controlled by a Jandy RS Aqualink which interfaces with the Crestron system so you can have complete control of the pool/spa and outdoor light settings from the iPad. Combine that with the 6 existing audio zones and 25 light switches inside the house, this property is now truly integrated.
Bryan Gorog is the owner of BCG Concepts Audio & Video in Los Angeles, CA
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