Hidden Treasures - East Hampton, NY

When you have a gorgeous backdrop like the Hamptons, you don't want anything messing with the landscape. 

So when it came time to outfit this 8,000-square-foot house with modern conveniences, Crescendo Designs, Ltd. worked with builder John Hummel & Associates and the designers at Kureck Jones to install products that were smart, but also very stealth.

Located in East Hampton, NY, the space is outfitted with a whole-house audio system that doesn't soak up any of the precious real estate. For the foyer, the kitchen, the breakfast room, a bar area, the family room, and even a screened-in porch space, Crescendo Designs opted to use Sonance Architectural in-ceiling speakers. Not only do these speakers keep sound equipment off the floor, they have the "Discreet Opening System." This allows each one to be installed flush against the ceiling, but it also doesn't have a protruding bezel. So instead of standing out like traditional speakers, each one blends into the backdrop and adds another stylish element to this high-tech getaway.

For areas like the bedrooms and offices, Crescendo used Sonance's Invisible Series. This model delivers the same stellar sound to some of the home's smaller spaces, but keeps all of the magic completely hidden from view. Finally, the Sonance Landscape Series make the great outdoors even greater, by adding beautiful music by the pool and deck areas.

These same outdoor spaces feature Lutron lighting so the homeowner and guests can mingle around the pool, without having to take an unexpected dip. Crescendo integrated the outdoor lighting into a push-button system, so it would perfectly match all of the keypads located indoors.

Besides those keypads, everything can be controlled via the home's many iPads, all of which feature Savant control. This one system ties in the indoor and outdoor lights, as well as the audio, video, motorized shades, temperature controls, security features, and even the garage door.

When it's time to relax, those same controllers can call up one of the home's flat-screen TVs. The family room has a Future Automation lift, which can automatically drop the TV down in front of the fireplace and tuck it away safely when it's not in use. At the end of a long day, there's a stylish Bang & Olufsen flat screen in the master bedroom, which features an articulating arm that Future Automation custom-made in England.

Each of the AV spaces has access to all sorts of streaming media, which runs over the home's Ruckus WiFi network. Besides an endless source of entertainment, this setup boasts a reliable connection even across this lengthy space.