Gym to Home Theater Conversion is ‘Working Out’ Fine with the Help of Nice/ELAN

April 24, 2019
Press Release

ELAN® controls the entire home’s cameras, security, AV and lighting, while Furman® provides power supply protection.

CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA – When you have roughly 3,500 square feet to work with for a home theater conversion you’re in pretty good shape to start. However, when the space you’re converting was a home gym, with a hallway running through the middle of it, there are a few hurdles to overcome. That was the main challenge one homeowner presented to Peter Cook, president of Automation Design + Entertainment.

Home Theater“Starting out this project, we knew that the layout of the space was going to be a challenge,” Cook stated. “Luckily, right off the bat the homeowner knew that they wanted control over every aspect of their home theater, so without hesitation we recommended an Nice/ELAN® Entertainment & Control System. Given there would be quite a few different components in this set-up, we knew that the integration capabilities of Nice/ELAN would give us the flexibility that we needed and the control that the homeowner desired.”

Once Cook had the home theater’s central nervous system selected in the Nice/ELAN g1 System Controller, he went about conquering the hallway issue by implementing custom barn doors that easily slide open to reveal a Craftsman-style home theater with a modern bar and lounge area.

Bar AreaBeyond the doors, the home theater features eight custom theater chairs, four stools at the granite bar on the top tier and a 4K projector that displays movies onto a 2:3:5 backlit screen. Control for the theater, as well as the entire home’s cameras, security, AV and lighting, is accessible through Nice/ELAN, using the Nice/ELAN App on their smartphones or iPads, as well as several strategically placed Nice/ELAN in-wall touch panels.

To handle the home’s audio, an Nice/ELAN S1616A Multi-zone Audio Matrix/Amplifier was installed. According to Cook, “the Nice/ELAN S1616A allows us to tailor the sound perfectly to each zone’s unique acoustic environment.”

A number of Lutron® lighting elements were installed in the home theater, such as the riser step lights, proscenium sconces, the screen’s backlight, two zones of can lighting for the upper and lower levels, walkway lighting, plus cove lighting that casts black-light onto the theater’s signature feature, a custom-painted mural of the constellations. Through Nice/ELAN, the homeowners can control each of these unique lighting elements from one easy-to-use interface.

Home Theater View 2To ensure that all of the home’s equipment is protected, a Furman® F1500 UPS battery backup was installed to supply uninterrupted power in the case of outages, protection against power surges and BlueBOLT® remote power management for trouble-free operation of all the home’s AV components.

While there won’t be much working out being done in this basement anymore, Cook is happy that he was able to work out this installs’ challenges and Nice/ELAN played a central role in turning “gym night’ into “movie night” for this Michigan homeowner.

About Automation Design + Entertainment
With over 26 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. Always up to speed on the latest innovations and trends, the company delivers a collaborative approach so that 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®, from 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 with security, climate, surveillance and video distribution products and integrations.

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 5 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®, IntelliVision®,  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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