ELAN Enhances Lakefront Living Experience for Michigan Homeowners

January 24, 2019
Press Release

Niles®, SpeakerCraft® and Sunfire® audio solutions provide sound inside and outside the home, while Panamax® adds complete power protection.

Project recently won a CTA TechHome Mark of Excellence Award in the “Luxury Home of the Year between $150,000 – $300,000” category.

CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA – After purchasing a 6,000-square foot home just off a picturesque lake, these Michigan homeowners knew that they wanted to replace the existing home with a new modern estate that would enhance the unique lakefront location, both inside and out. To make their dreams a reality, they enlisted the help of Peter Cook, president of Automation Design + Entertainment, who worked with homebuilder Jeff Scheffers from Visser Construction, to design a lakefront oasis, with full control and automation from Nice/ELAN®.

Front of lake house“The homeowners leveled their previous traditional home to build an entirely new contemporary estate with a clear focus on outdoor lake living,” Cook explained. “Now, with the Nice/ELAN system in place, they have full control of the indoor and outdoor spaces of their home at their fingertips, truly bringing their lifestyle to a new level of relaxation.”

To serve as the basis of the system, an Nice/ELAN gSC10 system controller was installed, to provide  the homeowners with control over their home’s lighting, security, audio, and video. “Because the gSC10 system controller is so easy to configure, it was the perfect option for this install,” said Cook. “ELAN delivers a great user experience with a single point of control for everything, and it’s all accessible remotely through the Nice/ELAN mobile app on the homeowners’ mobile devices.”

Lakeside backyardWithin the ultra-modern home, Nice/ELAN controls the security system, lighting, climate, audio and outdoor spaces. An Nice/ELAN Multi-Zone Audio Controller controls three Niles® SI-1230 power amps installed in the main equipment rack, and Sunfire® in-wall subwoofers installed in the upstairs media room.

A Lutron® RadioRA lighting system was configured with Nice/ELAN to control the home’s lights and shades. The two-story great room/kitchen is equipped with six 20’ Lutron roller shades that are controlled through the Nice/ELAN interface to rise to reveal a beautiful tree-lined view around the house.

To further enhance their lakefront experience, the backyard was completely redesigned to include fountains, a hot tub, fire pit, and a magnificent zero-entry pool with an arched bridge that invites guests to explore the grounds beyond. For easy operation, the pool and spa controls, perimeter cameras, door and gate intercom stations, fire pit, hot tub, landscape speakers, and in-ground subwoofers surrounding the pool and extending to the beach were all integrated with Nice/ELAN. Now, the homeowners can easily change the pool controls, turn up the volume on the speakers and check on the front gate when outside from the Nice/ELAN app on their smartphones or iPads.

Inside living room areaWith sound serving as an essential component of any outdoor space, a SpeakerCraft® in-ground subwoofer and SpeakerCraft Bass Power amp were installed in the outdoor greenscape leading from the pool to the lake, so that the sound in the backyard area would benefit from a rich bass experience.

For overall power protection, a Panamax® M4315-PRO BlueBOLT-controllable power conditioner and a Panamax SM3-PRO system manager were installed to protect connected equipment from power surges and dangerous voltage conditions.

According to Cook, “the Nice/ELAN system has given these homeowners a new level of control that they never thought possible. Though they knew that the cosmetic redesign would highlight their lakefront location, they had no idea that the technology would be what really helps them to enhance their new lakefront lifestyle.”

About Automation Design + Entertainment
With over 25 years of experience working in the tech industry and providing smart technology and integrated systems, AD+E provides thoughtful discussion and valuable insight about what products and solutions work best to achieve a desired result for our customers. We advise on what brands and technologies are reliable and which play well with others. We up to speed on the latest innovations and trends and answer all their questions. With our collaborative approach customers can expect to get ideas and creative suggestions on how to incorporate technology to enhance life at home or business.

About Nice/ELAN
ELAN®, part of Nice North America, develops an award-winning line of whole-house entertainment and control solutions distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers throughout the United States, Canada, and countries worldwide. The Nice/ELAN 8 update was honored with the “2017 Human Interface Product of the Year” award and continues to expand its intuitive functionality.

About Nice North America
Nice North America LLC (NSC) is a global leader in smart connected devices and systems for residential, security, access control, and digital health markets. NSC and its partners have deployed more than 4 million connected systems and over 25 million security and home control sensors and peripherals. Through its family of brands including 2GIG®, Nice/ELAN®, GoControl®, Linear®, Mighty Mule® and Numera®, NSC designs solutions for security dealers, technology integrators, national telecoms, big box retailers, OEM partners, service providers, and consumers. Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, NSC has over 50 years of innovation and is dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day. For further information, visit

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