High-Tech Waterfront Abode

A condo with expertly-crafted tech that doesn't spoil the view.

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This project from Beyond Hi-Fi was designed for an empty-nester couple that was downsizing to a condo. To ensure that the tech and the terrific waterfront view complemented one another, the integrator worked closely with the design and build team from the very beginning. Beyond Hi-Fi says they kept an “emphasis on maximizing the view, while minimizing visible technology.”

The client had an immense digital library of recorded concerts, and wanted to play these throughout the house. To avoid latency issues (unnatural delays between groups of speakers creating unpleasant, echoey effects) in this open floor plan, the integrator used Just Add Power’s products.

Since this was a condo, vibrations mustn’t spread to other homes. To that end, the subwoofers in the audio system had to be reframed with custom enclosures. Placing in-ceiling speakers was difficult here, since the HVAC ducts are extensive, and Beyond Hi-Fi also needed special waterproof speakers for the master bath.

Other aspects of this project include control of seven HVAC zones, climate control for a dedicated wine room using Control4, a 5.2.4 immersive sound system for the primary TV viewing area, distributed audio and video, an 8.1 outdoor audio system, and much more.

The integrator told us, “The client wanted to go all-in with automation: the ceiling fans, the fireplaces, HVAC (forced air and radiant heat), the wine room, sheer shades, surveillance and security. Our client happened to be an executive for a large tech company, but wanted everything easy enough that a cave man could do it.”

Beyond Hi-Fi also installed special waterproof speakers for the master bath.


Beyond Hi-Fi

Bellevue, Washington

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Interior Designer: John Bambick, JAS Design Build

Maurice Peacock, Lake Washington Electrical Technologies

Designer: Mike Freeman, JAS Design Build

General Manager: Steve Van Lente, JAS Design Build