From the architect. The cow barn is located in the vicinity of Basel on the foothills of the Jura. As the farm needed a new orientation the decision fell on the increase of milk production and therefore a new cow barn had to be built. On this hilly site the building should fit harmonically into the landscape. Furthermore natural materials which could be found in the surroundings should be incorporated. All the same it should be a building with its own architectural presence which reflects also the industrial character of agriculture.
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Denny Hamlin is an American stock car racing driver with a need for speed. When he's not competing in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, he's enjoying his new 30,000-square-foot home in Lake Norman, N.C., that features an indoor basketball court, bowling alley, race and golf simulator, home theater, helicopter pad, and more. Seeking Synchronized Control During the home's building process in late 2016, Hamlin wanted to incorporate one central interface to control all of his home's electronic subsystems and sophisticated entertainment setup. After a recommendation fromThompson Custom Home Builder, he called on local technology integration firmInteractive Interiorsto design a fast and reliable automation system to meet his many objectives. Denny Hamlin is familiar with control because he had used a different system in a past home, but wasn't happy with the complexity of the interface and the issues that kept arising, says Brian Berg, president of Interactive Interiors. He asked me to install the most reliable and easiest to use system on the market, and I confidently suggestedELAN.
The Interactive Interiors team built the residence's entire smart home infrastructure on anELANEntertainment & Control System. The installed system includes twoELANgSC10 controllers, fourELANg1 controllers, twoELANS1616A multi-zone audio controllers, and oneELANgMV1616 UltraMatrix switcher, accessible via 12ELAN7-inch touchpanels and 16ELANremotes located throughout the home. Hamlin also installed theELANapp on his smartphone for remote access to the systems while he is on the road. From the app he can control the home's lighting, 32 zones of audio, video, and security, from anywhere at any time. Interactive interiors did a phenomenal job of quickly and efficiently installing theELANsystem into the home, says Ted Thompson, president of Thompson Custom Home Builder. Sometimes, programmers work for months on end when implementing a smart home infrastructure of this size and magnitude. But the installation process and the system configuration was totally seamless.
25 TVs Pull Content from Central Entertainment Rack WithELANat the helm, the Interactive Interiors team designed an extensive entertainment system on a whole-home Ubiquiti wireless network for Hamlin to enjoy during his time off the racetrack. Throughout the spacious residence, they installed 24 Samsung 60-inch televisions, both indoors and outdoors, as well as a Samsung 88-inch curved screen TV in the home's central media room. They also built and designed a central home theater, complete with a 110-inch matte white projection screen with a black velvet frame, and an accompanying Sony SXRD video projector equipped with 4K Ultra HD resolution at a 16:9 ratio. We worked closely with the custom cabinet builder to create 55-inch panels surrounding the theater screen so that Hamlin can watch five independent channels at the same time, which is ideal for enjoying different races or games simultaneously, Berg says. Together, we also designed a custom wood frame around the screen with embedded Lutron lighting, all of which is automated through theELANsystem. Fusing Design and Technology
Incorporating custom design elements with the home's technology was common throughout the installation process. Interactive Interiors worked closely with interior designer Scott Carpenter to integrate unique accents to shield or show technology on a case-by-case basis. Denny wanted the overall design aesthetic to be clean, simple and contemporary, Carpenter explains. In addition to the unique architectural and design elements we incorporated, we also played with technology to achieve our goal. We installed custom-built LED lighting strips across many of the home's moldings, especially for the home's art gallery wall.
According to Carpenter, technology absolutely impacts design and it is therefore important to use it in a way that enhances rather than inhibits creativity. All of the home's components need to fit together like a puzzle, he notes. We really were able to use the technology, and the instant and automatic control, to accentuate particular elements that we wanted to emphasize. Security and ReliabityCheck! Hamlin also wanted a reliable and extensive security system to protect his family and his property while he is on the road. Interactive Interiors integrated into the Elan system a Holovision doorbell, intercom and camera at the front door to enable Hamlin to check in on the front door from anywhere in the home, or the world. A whole-home indoor and outdoor GE security system was integrated into the system for maximum protection. So far, Hamlin is thrilled with his new smart home and hasn't experienced any of the previous problems he had with automation. Denny really wanted to be able to control all of the home's elements without fuss or complication, Thompson says. I would absolutely recommend that builders, integrators and homeowners useELANwhen they are looking for seamless control. ELANties all of my home's components together and makes them accessible from anywhere in the world, Hamlin says. I couldn't be happier with how the system turned out.
You've probably heard lots of people scurrying to find solar eclipse glasses. There's going to be quite a few people who simply can't get a pair in time for the eclipse. People waited too long to get them. Perhaps because they weren't entirely in tune with how rare, and how big of an event the eclipse is. But also because they underestimated the supply, availability, and accessibility of the glasses compared to the demand for them. Who'd have thought they'd be about as rare as the eclipse itself? Don't wait 'til it's too late This is similar to something seen in real estate When people hear there's a great house on the market, they often wait to go see it or make an offeruntil it's too late to do anything about it. By the time they motivate, the house has been scooped up by another buyer, and often there were even more buyers who were trying to buy it, but lost out. Houses aren't a dime a dozen The solar eclipse glasses were practically a dime a dozen. They were all basically the same, inexpensive, and plenty to go aroundyet still not enough for everyone who wanted a pair. Houses, on the other hand, are often one-of-a-kind which makes it all the more likely that if you hesitate even the slightest bit, you're going to miss your opportunity. But there's always another Lots of people won't be able to look directly at the eclipse, since they don't have the glasses. They're going to miss the rare opportunity. There will be disappointment. But even though they're rare, another one will occur fairly soon in the U.S in about 7 years. Or, you can see one in a mere 2 years in other parts of the world. They're still rare, no matter how you cut it. But you can see an eclipse at other times if you're willing to travel. Same thing goes for houses If you lose out on a house because you hesitated, it's disappointing, but it's not the only opportunity you'll have. In fact, you could probably find a similar house to the one you like pretty soon after losing the one you had your eye onif you're willing to travel. But most people want to find the house of their dreams where they live, not somewhere else. So don't miss your opportunity when you see the perfect house, in the perfect location. Jump on it. Otherwise, you may be waiting a while for the next one to appear. AGENTS: Want to share this article with YOUR branding on it? Click here to learn about the Lighter Side's Inner Circle. The post One Glaring Real Estate Lesson We Can All Learn From The Solar Eclipse appeared first on Lighter Side of Real Estate.