Featured Project: Residential Lake House

Luxury lake home retreat provides total automation paired with remote security and monitoring in a simple, easy to use system.

Our clients decided to build their dream home on a family owned lot on the shores of Swan Lake, in Portage Wisconsin. For now, the home is a wonderful weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of Chicago, where both clients live and work full time. They wanted a place they could unwind and relax or be able to entertain friends and family. They wanted to be able to monitor and control everything from Chicago.

The systems also needed to be scalable as someday this would become their full-time residence.

  • A Savant Home Automation system was selected to orchestrate and manage all of the homes technology
  • Distributed Audio and Video was used to declutter any needed “boxes” in each room
  • Lighting control is being used throughout the property to conserve energy, create ambiance, and give the home a lived-in look while unoccupied
  • Any music service can be played through both the indoor and outdoor speakers
  • The home is secured with an integrated Honeywell burglar alarm and High Definition cameras from Axis
  • Fiber-Optic cable was pulled to all zones for future expansion

The Benefits

Savant Home Automation

When away from home, remote access is elegantly done via Savant's award-winning mobile application. The client can see and talk to someone at the front door, disarm the alarm, turn on the lights, and welcome a guest with music playing. In the home, two strategically placed 8” touch screens, give immediate access to system controls and status. Automated scenes can be created and modified on the fly by the homeowners.

Home Network

A commercial grade network was installed to handle all the internal system communication and internet connected devices. Indoor and outdoor wireless access points provide reliable Wi-Fi coverage anywhere on the property, including the boat dock! Fiber Optic cables were prewired for future technologies and services.


The property is protected by an advanced intrusion system that includes door sensors, motion detectors, glass break detectors, and fire alarm. Indoor and outdoor cameras provide 24/7 video surveillance and store over 60 days of recorded video. Both systems can be accessed and controlled via the Savant app.

Home Theater

A 75” Sony 4K display provides an amazing viewing experience and is matched up perfectly with a Sony 4K Blu Ray and AVR. The two earth-shaking 12’ subwoofers complement the discrete 8” in-ceiling speakers. Simple to use, Savant's handheld remote controls all of the AV gear hidden in the AV rack in the mechanical room.