of low voltage systems requires experience and planning. We have broken
down a successful installation into the following steps.
The initial meeting is designed to discover what the client wants to
accomplish with the system. During this session our designers use their
expertise to help the client understand what is possible with the current
technology. At this point the clients' expectations of the system are
clearly defined so the designer can create a system to meet or exceed
them within the clients' budget.
The designer pulls together the clients' "wish list" with
the appropriate equipment and wiring and creates a custom designed system.
The design layout and proposal are then packaged to be presented to
the client. Every effort is made to create a system within the clients'
budget that will meet their requirements.
Design Approval and Contract Acceptance
second meeting with the client the designer discusses the scope of the
project. This includes the specific equipment required, work schedule,
budget and a review of the systems capabilities. At this point the client
approves the contract.
A walk through
of the site is made to physically lay out the system for the installation
crews and to check for any installation difficulties caused by the actual
construction of the home. Schedules are coordinated with the general
contractor, electrician, interior decorator, cabinetmaker and any other
At this point
the wiring, brackets, boxes, etc. are installed in a rough state. This
usually occurs after the electrician and HVAC contractors have finished
their rough-in work. After the low voltage pre-wire is completed the
client and the designer check the location of all the devices. It is
easier for the client to understand locations when they are roughed-in
at the home and not just on plans. Any changes in locations are made
at this time while it is still relatively easy to move them.
Installation of Devices and Wire Termination
of devices and wire termination usually occurs after the interior of
the home has been painted but before the carpet or tile has been installed.
Installation of Electronics, Programming and Testing
phase the equipment is installed, wired and tested. Any system programming
also occurs at this time. This usually occurs just prior to the home
being turned over to the client by the general contractor.
First Client Demonstration
demonstration is usually done as soon as the equipment has been installed,
tested and programmed. If this isn't possible then it is done as soon
after as possible. Basic system operation is covered with the understanding
that the client should try and use the system for a few weeks and write
down any problems they encounter. We try to make the systems as intuitive
to use as possible but we understand that every client and system is
different. We have found that the amount of information a homeowner
is required to learn after they move into their new home can be astounding
and we represent only a small part of it. To reduce the information
overload we have found that two demonstrations may be required for a
client to fully understand their system.