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Perched on a cliff where the tide recedes for miles is where one would find this Brewster project. The builders of this new construction home paired up with TOAD to make this thalassic sanctuary even more tranquil. The ocean view from the back deck is mesmerizing, but as the night falls so does the temperature and the focus shifts to the outdoor fire pit.
The fire pit is illuminated with a state of the art Luxor lighting system. This Luxor lighting system, integrated by TOAD, not only controls the landscape lights via a mobile device, but allows complete control over the gas fire pit as well.
As the night comes to an end, head inside and stay cozy by accessing one of the ten heating zones that are controlled through TOAD’s Savant System. All the thermostats are installed in one hidden centralized location. Their temperatures are monitored by discrete discs camouflaged into the walls and selectively placed all around the house.
Also camouflaged, but this time into the ceilings, are 3” James Loudspeaker speakers. These speakers are selectively placed throughout the property allowing one to listen to Sonos playing their favorite music from practically any room in the house.
Before heading upstairs, take notice of the 55” Sony TV. TOAD installed this television with a Leon Tone case Fit, a custom grille used to incorporate a Sonos play bar into any entertainment system. So when the viewers sit down to watch any one of the three cable boxes, 2 apple tv’s or the Roku (all boxes accessible through any of the 4 televisions in the house) they will be blown away by the tastefully hidden audio system.
It’s time to head upstairs and retire for the evening. Before drifting away use TOAD’s Savant System to lock the front door and to take a glance at one of the many ICRealtime day/night cameras that TOAD has strategically placed around this property. No visitors, but don’t worry if there was, this house is equipped with Ring. A doorbell with a motion detector that alerts and allows two way video conversing from any PC, tablet, or smartphone.
So sleep tight for this is a smart home.
This project was a complete remodel of a property nestled tightly between its neighbors off of a winding back road in Provincetown, MA. TOAD was brought in to collaborate with the designer and builders. The result is this posh haven. Among its amenities are an in-ground pool and a hot tub, both are maintained effortlessly through a Jandy Aqualink and the TOAD Savant system.
This aquatic outdoor retreat is complemented by a series of James Loudspeaker landscape speakers and a Sonos system. Those that are fortunate enough to be basking by the pool, will also have the ability to enjoy their favorite music, accessing it right through their cellphones. This sound system carries into the house and is distributed into 5 more rooms, all of which have the ability to be individually controlled through the TOAD Savant system.
Continuing inside there is a tactfully hung mirror above the fireplace – at least that is how it appears. This mirror is actually a TOAD installed Seura Premier TV. This TV, along with three others throughout the residence, is accessible via a cell phone or an iPad. Agreeing on what to watch is never a problem at this house since all four tv’s are connected to two cable boxes, two apple tv’s and a bluray player. Complementing the atmosphere the designer worked so hard to create, their boxes are all located in one centralized location that is out of sight.
To protect this investment an alarm system has been integrated. TOAD has carefully installed discrete video cameras with recording capabilities all around the property. Now the homeowners have the ability to view the property from anywhere in the world right through their TOAD Savant system.
Now this is a smart home.
Even in this post-recession growth economy, Technical Operations And Development, or TOAD for short, has discovered that lean and mean is the best business model. And you can’t question their logic.
The Barnstable, Mass.-based two-person custom integration company successfully manages both over-the-top $300,000 projects and small subcontract installations for the cable company, all the while continuing to build its own reputation and value by selling 90 percent of its clients service agreements.
So how is that even possible? In a nutshell, you might say, it’s all about “command and control.”
“Commanding officer” Mark Hooper is the very definition of discipline. The former Navy SEAL drives himself to maintain focus and concentration despite suffering a career-ending injury in the military. That attention to detail can be seen vividly in TOAD’s projects, where the wiring and design are virtual perfection.
On the “control” side, systems engineer and right-hand man Peter Robbins has off-the-charts technical know-how to pull off even the most obscure client requests. Robbins’ technical prowess is so extreme he will, if necessary, hook directly into the motherboard of a particular component to get the desired control results, bypassing the available connections.
There is no better example of the symbiotic duo’s command and control business acumen than a recent $300,000 “mancave house” project that includes a golf simulator, multi-room audio, and the conversion of a regulation-size indoor basketball court into a giant theater. But we’ll get to that.
Jason Knott · June 15, 2016 · CE Pro Magazine
Suspended on a private lot in the midst of Truro’s marshlands is where this project sits. A builder referred TOAD to this property to rectify an existing home automation system. With its frontage in the morass and its backyard gazing upon the Atlantic this eclectic escape has a little bit of everything. The seclusion of this lot is monitored by strategically placed Axis Cameras, meaning that a morning jaunt along the exclusive backyard boardwalk will not be interrupted.
After the stroll, rinse off that saltwater air in the ocean side in-ground pool. This pool is being chemically maintained effortlessly through a Hayward Aqua Logic Controller and a TOAD Savant System. After the dip, head inside to change, light up the way by means of a cell phone. Access one of the 132 loads of lighting in this house being controlled by the TOAD Savant System and Lutron RadioRA2 products. The natural lighting is also being controlled by the means of a Performance Concepts shade controller. The 5 bedroom shades can be lowered or raised through the simple touch of a button. As the shades go down catch a glimpse of the escalating winds that are rolling in over the ocean.
A storm approaches, to protect this wall of windows, which extends past the bedroom along the whole backside of the house, use the TOAD Savant System and the Somfy storm shutters to hunker down. In minutes and with little effort all the windows will be shielded from any flying debris. Now with a light heart head downstairs for a game of billiards. Set the stage with some music. TOAD’s Savant System has integrated a cd player, a tuner, and a Savant music server. Enabling the user to listen to cd’s, the radio and even to stream from Pandora or Spotify. This music can be individually distributed into 7 different locations including the pool area and the outdoor gazebo. After a satisfying game of billiards head to the wine room for a victory drink. In route to the wine room notice the Home Theater.
This Home Theater is equipped with a 60” Sharp TV and a surround sound system. For convenience, an ipad is docked on the wall at the Theater entrance. From this ipad one can access the TOAD Savant System for easy control of the bluray player, cable box, and apple tv. Now it is time for that victory drink.
The wine room includes a walk in glass cooler stacked to the ceiling with perfectly chilled wine. The temperature in this cooler is monitored and controlled by a TOAD Savant System. If the temperature fluctuates the TOAD Savant System will automatically send out an alert via email. Like all the thermostats on this property, the temperature of this cooler may even be adjusted right through a mobile device.
So sit down, relax and raise a glass to Smart Homes.