EDG’s client for this project, a successful entrepreneur, had inmind to create the ultimate home for enjoying the company offriends and family. Thanks to his vision and EDG’s long experiencein realizing its customers’ dreams, the end result, described below,took top honors in the Best Fun Room category of ElectronicHouse magazine’s 2009 Home of The Year Awards competition.The house was built in the image of an elegantItalian villa in Locust, along the New JerseyShore. The architect, Robert Adler Associates,and the builder, Navesink Estate Homes, LLC,worked closely together and with EDG to createa basement walkout recreation area that reflectsthe homeowner’s passions for entertaining anddeep-sea fishing. The centerpiece is a 15,000-gallonRoman-themed saltwater aquarium featuringspecies indigenous to the area, many of which hecaught locally himself. The tank’s facing is 35 feetlong and 7-1/2 feet tall, encompassing much of a long wall in the room. Elsewhere is a semi-circular bar area witha pair of 26-inch LCD HDTVs mounted above, and a sitting areafeaturing a 60-inch wall-mounted plasma, fireplace, and largewaterfall fountain. In-wall and in-ceiling speakers deliver musicfrom several sources accessible to the distributed audiosystem, including satellite music tuners and an audio server.French doors allow access to a stylish pool area and dock.The house is fully integrated with a Crestron automationsystem that controls all A/V electronics, lighting, HVAC,and security/camera functions. Additionally, the Crestronsystem has been tied into the aquarium’s sophisticatedmonitoring system and is programmed to flash a genericscreen alert on all of the home’s touchpanels in the event ofany emergency with water or salinity levels, pump functions,etc.Also controlled via Crestron is this fun room’s secondmajor feature: a fully hidden discotheque system that turns thearea in front of the fishtank into a dance floor with the push ofa button. Activating any of several preprogrammed sequencesfrom the touchpanel surprises guests with a loud siren whilean aquatic-themed mural on the ceiling pulls back to revealrigging for an active array of gel spotlights, effects projectors,disco balls, and professional PA speakers. The disco system canbe fed by playlists from the home’s multiroom audio servers,but a jackpack installed on an adjoining wallallows the homeowner to set-up and plug in aportable DJ stand kept on hand for parties.The last key feature of this recreation area isa dedicated 7-seat home theater that adjoinsthe main room and a wine cellar/tastingarea through a pair of french doors and tiledgallery. High quality images from a Runcoprojector and surround sound from a Rotel/B&W 7.1-channel audio system leave a lastingimpression on visitors, while the theater’sstarlight ceiling and plush red theater carpetand décor nicely round out the eleganceand excitement quotient in this amazingentertainment space.