“We were part of a true collaboration here...
everyone who was part of the project worked to help
the homeowners maximize the conveniences, so they could
enjoy the luxury that was already in place for them.”
Newton-based Audio Video Design was asked to provide the integrated electronics for a family vacation retreat within this luxury oasis.
“We had worked in one of their previous homes, so the client
construction with custom cabinetry and interiors crafted in their
own millwork shop, according to owner Ted Goodnow.
“We plan every detail to an infinite degree before going out
into the field,” he says. “All the electronics and entertainment
had high expectations of us when they set out to build a new
house,” says Brad Smith, president of Audio Video Design.
“I’m pleased to say we didn’t let them down, and we’ve
absolutely added to their enjoyment of a property that is already
According to Smith, comfort and convenience are often the
motivating factors when homeowners with a demanding lifestyle
choose integrated electronics. Once they have discovered how
custom electronics can make life simpler and more enjoyable,
they’re apt to want the same features in a second home.
In this case, existing clients called on Audio Video Design to
furnish a summer home with multi-zone music, a screen with
surround sound, a flat panel over the living room fireplace and
several other plasma screens. Radio frequency remote controls
were used, and ventilation fans were included whenever they
were needed. It was essential that all the electronics be hidden
by the exquisite millwork that was central to the elegant design.
While that can sometimes prove challenging, Smith says it was
simple in this instance.
“We were working with Woodmeister,” he says. “They run
an organized work site, and you can count on their projects to
Woodmeister Master Builders, with offices in Boston,
New York, Nantucket and Newport, specializes in residential
components are planned before the millworking begins. It’s
a very collaborative process, not just between the architect,
interior designer and builder, but also with the companies that
design the systems.
“Audio Video Design is a high-end partner for us, because
the quality of their work is on par with ours,” he adds. “We
appreciate the level of detail they bring to their work.”
When it comes to electronics, Goodnow says ease of use is
critical. “It is important that everything in this home is carefree,
so the family can just enjoy the property when they are there,”
That is particularly true for the electronics, so Audio Video
Design made sure that all systems are ready whenever the
owners want to use them.
Architect John Grosvenor of Newport Collaborative
Architects designed the home with a traditional, Newport
shingle-style exterior, while interior designer Sara Gilbane
worked with an open interior space, inviting for a large family, to
create small areas where people can find privacy.
The integrated electronics design was done over a period of
about nine months, the rough wiring took about two weeks, and
the project was finished in stages, as the home was completed.
“We were part of a true collaboration here,” Smith says.
“Everyone who was part of the project worked to help the
conveniences, so they could enjoy
the luxury that was already in place
Audio Video Design
homeowners maximize the