An 18,000-square-foot home is a lot to manage. When designers at Electronic Design Group first met with the homeowners on this Northern New Jersey project, they knew that managing eight subsystems in a home of this scope would require an overhaul of the EDG control model. To give the family easy access to 31 thermostats, 28 security cameras and 412 lights, EDG designers put in place a floorplan-based format using a 17-inch Crestron touchpanel. When the homeowner wants to get an overview of his electronic management system, he brings up a room layout on any of 22 touchpanels in the house and can turn down the heat, shut off a sconce or shuffle a playlist--without lifting more than a finger. Each layout is presented in the same format, providing a uniform interface for each subsystem.Convenience is everything in an expansive home with full-tilt automation. Family members can only take advantage of the benefits of a smart home if operation of the control system is simple and intuitive. Here, an audio page shows which rooms have music playing and gives users the option of muting the system or selecting one of five sources. Views from the security cameras inside and outside of the home are visible from the security page, as are status reports from smoke detectors and window and door sensors. A weather page gives the current readings and a forecast. The client can also hop onto the check stock quotes and hop onto the Internet.A consolidated view option allows thehomeowners to look at various rooms at once so they don't have to flip through menu pages to get status reports for individual rooms. The consolidation view for heating and cooling, for instance, shows some 40 zones of HVAC by room, detailing set points, temperature and the status of the heating or cooling system in that zone. The client has a passion for music, and EDG has delivered a multi-tiered multi-room solution to meet the needs of the household. EDG ripped the client's vast music collection to a Request server which supplies the home's 23 audio zones. The music tracks were copied in two formats: lossless FLAC for high-quality playback through the home system and compressed MP3s for playback on iPods and other portable music players. iPod docks sprinkled throughout the house are wired into the Crestron multi-room music system allowing family members, and visiting friends, to plug in and listen to favorite playlists from several convenient locations--including the exercise room.When the client wants the audiophile experience, he heads to the study where a Rotel amplifier powers a pair of full-range B&W Nautilus speakers. The study, along with the theater, are the high-performance zones in the house where top-end audio and video gear deliver no-compromise experiences for listening and viewing.In the theater, planning began before the walls went up, in accordance with EDG's philosophy that acoustic treatments installed at the construction phase establish a strong sonic foundation so that audio gear can perform to the max. EDG specified resilient-channel construction during construction to eliminate sound transmission from the space and to make the walls more rigid to reduce vibration. With the understanding that high-end speakers and amplifiers can't make up for poor acoustic properties, EDG technicians padded the theater's perimeter with acoustical soffits and installed 2-inch-thick acoustical panels on the walls to maximize the acoustical properties of the room.Video coverage in the house is extensive. In addition to the DLP projector in the theater, seven LCD TVs serve the home. EDG wired the flat panels into the home's video distribution system so that any TV can pull up the full menu of video sources, which are centrally racked in an equipment room along with audio and home control equipment. The video menu includes a heavy helping of movie options from Verizon FiOS, DirecTV, Apple TV, online movie service Vudu and the Kaleidescape movie server. More than 1,000 movies are stored on the Kaleidescape, which catalogs the titles by a variety of search functions: title, cover art, actor, director, genre and more.With 412 lighting loads illuminating the house both inside and out, the Lutron lighting control system plays an indispensable role in the household's daily routine. Instead of multiple switches on the wall for each light or groups of lights, switches are organized into scene buttons that control multiple lights set to programmed dimming levels.A keypad at the entrance to each room features the Lutron scene buttons, which allow homeowners to turn on a series of lights with one press. When the client enters the family room, for instance, he taps the top button on the keypad and the lights over the seating area illuminate to 50 percent, the task lighting above the kids' computers and in the rear bar area hit 80 percent, and accent lights near the fireplace dim to half power. When he leaves, all room lights fade out with a press of the Off button. If he wants to operate lights individually, he goes to the Crestron touchscreen.Control of an 18,000-square-foot space from a 17-inch touchpanel. Now that's efficient management.