This house on a northeastern Illinois lake protects not only the owners but also helps the environment. Inside and out, it connects with nature, helped by numerous Smart Home controls designed and installed by Digital Home Technologies.

As envisioned by Kipnis Architecture + Planning, the home’s energy concept dictates that all systems are electric. Natural gas burns only as a starter for a high efficiency, sealed combustion fireplace and only when required for a backup generator. Lighting is provided by highly-efficient LEDs. Solar panels provide 32% of the home’s energy. The remaining electricity comes from 100% renewable energy credits from the grid.

The mechanical system and appliances are ultra high-efficiency and are controlled by an integrated smart home system. An induction cooktop, hybrid electric water heater and hybrid electric dryer complete the items that typically employ natural gas.

Fingertip control of these clean systems are provided by Digital Home’s award-winning ELAN Smart Home system. No matter what device the homeowner taps—mobile phone, tablet or wall pad—ELAN’s intuitive interface coordinates whether you open a garage door, turn on lights, check a security camera or regulate the house’s temperature.

The high-end entertainment and security systems integrated by Digital Home meld with ELAN. There is Denon surround sound in the family room and Coastal Source outdoor audio for the home’s modest private island. Apple TV and Denon Heos provide streaming entertainment throughout the home. And one of the home’s five televisions even drops out of sight into a cabinet at the foot of the bed in the master bedroom. This lets the homeowners enjoy a view of their lake or, if the mood moves them, take in the news or a movie.

In a home infused with a love of nature, Digital Home Technologies imparts finesse to the hidden hand that bridges modern life with forces as old as the planet itself.

Photography: Scott Fincher Photography

Architect: Kipnis Architecture + Planning

Audio Video Integrator: Digital Home Technologies

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