The second portion of the game room dedicated to the kids’ area focuses on video gaming and movies. It boasts three TVs for multiple gaming and sources controlled through the Crestron system. Controlled by a sturdy Crestron ML-600 MiniLDC remote and completed with iPad /iPhone control, the system allows the Lucas boys to play a variety of video games and also watch TV or movies simultaneously.
The room also has a massive movie collection and game area for chess, Legos and just about any fun game from your childhood.
A Retrofit Nightmare
All of this fun didn’t come easy. One of the specialties of my company, Dallas-based Eco High Fidelity, includes inheriting existing systems all over the country. Countless times in Texas, California and Hawaii we have encountered systems with excellent equipment but plagued with service issues and antiquated installation techniques. Our team was the third integrator in several years to inherit a challenging system plagued with existing issues. The house is also near a century old, in historic Dallas, with thick plaster walls and multiple floors. In short, it’s a retrofit nightmare.
First we worked out the bugs by overhauling the existing Crestron home automation system. Jane Hughes of Integrating Control Systems, alongside nephew and Eco High Fidelity lead technician Jonathan Hughes, evolved and updated the program to eliminate bugs and added iPad control. Jonathan also helped design the Pakedgevirtual cell wireless network that brought everything together and provided a solid backbone for the system. The existing gear and new equipment stabilized the Crestron system and allowed us to focus on the fun of customizing the house.
Fostering Family Unity
The Lucas house is a great example of backyard living and indoor entertainment. The environments they have created are not only full of very cool technological solutions, they are a great example of family togetherness.
This house sets the bar by creating an environment where the kids can play and the adults can have fun, too. In this day where there are many options outside of the house, the Lucas family has created an awesome space for family entertainment and togetherness. Did I mention they have shuffleboard?
TecHome Selling Point
Game rooms like this may seem excessive, but they can be great selling point for buyers interested in raising families with wholesome values and unity, entertaining their friends, and yes, let’s face it: showing off a bit (or a lot). They’re also great places for homeowners to display collections—whether art or arcade games—and giving in to nostalgia.
Tommy Kissell is the owner of Eco High Fidelity, an electronics and solar integration firm in the Dallas area with a focus on environmentally friendly and energy-efficient home solutions.