Electronic House magazine's 2007 Best Homes of the Year
14 categories of award-winning homes include latest in audio, video, multiroom automation, lighting control and more.
Wading through the more than 300 entries submitted to Electronic House magazine's annual Home of the Year contest was an overwhelming endeavor that involved many hours of careful contemplation. The jaw-dropping projects profiled in the gold, silver and bronze articles exemplify some of the finest work we've run across. And talk about variety: You'll see everything from a garage that's been converted into an entertainment retreat to a rec room where drinks are served from the helm of an old Chris-Craft boat.

The editors of Electronic House congratulate the talented designers and installers involved in these projects. These folks went above and beyond the call of duty by carefully tailoring each system to the needs and lifestyles of the respective homeowners. We hope the award-winning spaces in our Home of the Year presentations will offer plenty of inspiration for your own home improvement projects. As you look through the top winners, please share your thoughts, comments and questions. And be sure to stop by in the weeks ahead as we highlight many of the runners-up.

Home of the Year 2007 Winners

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Gold Winner:
Perfect Mix of Electronics and Design

Each of the four levels in our 2007 Home of the Year has a distinct theme and A/V system.


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Silver Winner:
IP Control Manages 14,000 Square Foot Home

An IP-based control system monitors every aspect of this sprawling Chesapeake Bay home.


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Bronze Winner:
Texas Home Wired for Everything

A two-year installation yields solid and expansive A/V, control and security systems.



Award Categories

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N.Y. Yankees Pitchers Dig Home Theater

We're revisiting the rockin' homes of two of the New York Yankees' aces, A.J. Burnett and C.C. Sabathia, in their three-man rotation that will go against the Angels in the ALCS beginning tonight. (0 comments)

Home of the Year

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Perfect Mix of Electronics and Design

Each of the four levels in our 2007 Home of the Year has a distinct theme and A/V system. (0 comments)
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IP Control Manages 14,000 Square Foot Home

An IP-based control system monitors every aspect of this sprawling Chesapeake Bay home. (1 comments)
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Texas Home Wired for Everything

A two-year installation yields solid and expansive A/V, control and security systems. (3 comments)


Home Theater $250,001+

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Theater Built Without Attachments

A room-within-a-room construction technique allows this theater to "float" within its home. (0 comments)
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An Audio System that Spares No Expense

When you spend $200,000 on audio cable, you know you're in a whole new league. (6 comments)
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High Stakes Home Theater

A poker aficionado mixes cards and movies in the same recreation space. (0 comments)


Home Theater $100,001-$250,000

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1700s House Gets Home Theater Update

A radical rehab introduces a state-of-the-art theater in a 1700s carriage house. (2 comments)
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Vintage Home Theater

This Mediterranean themed theater uses an innovative "alley" to safeguard equipment and 500 bottles of wine. (1 comments)
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Return of the "Titanic" Theater

Take another look inside a "Titanic"-inspired home theater. (0 comments)


Home Theater $50,001-$100,000

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The Multipurpose, Multitasking Entertainment Room

A theater, bar, gym and billiards room are a few steps away for these homeowners. (1 comments)
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Benefits of the Latest and Greatest

A theater enthusiast stays true to his favorite brands while enjoying tech upgrades. (0 comments)
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Home Theater with Waterfalls

A bubbling stream and earthy features anchor this unique home theater. (1 comments)


Home Theater $25,001-$50,000

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Big Room Requires Big Theater

Homeowners scrap their modest plans when a room's home theater potential is revealed. (1 comments)
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Room Within Room Traps Theater Sound

Innovation allows a volume-loving film fan to keep his boom without disturbing the family. (0 comments)
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Home Theater Bachelor Pad on a Budget

A new father gets a basement escape without tapping his kids' college fund. (9 comments)


Home Theater $10,001-$25,000

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Experience Pays Off With Second Theater

Lessons learned from a previous installation help a homeowner achieve his perfect home theater. (0 comments)
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Three-Car Garage Reborn as Home Theater

Who needs to find parking when you can have a six-seat home theater? (0 comments)
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Homeowner Expertise Leads to Easy Theater Installation

Designer/builder clients make life simple for this theater's installer. (0 comments)


Family/Media Room

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Commissioning a Theater Masterpiece

Custom cabinetry and art keep a home theater under wraps in this high-rise condo. (0 comments)
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Push a Button, Pick a Screen

With the press of a button, this living room transforms into a TV viewing area or a full-fledged home theater. (0 comments)
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Kid-Friendly Home Theater

Heavy components and rough edges are kept out of sight in this "safe" home theater. (0 comments)


Fun Room

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Remodeled A/V Rec Room Serves as Icebreaker

Recent transplants use a 1,200 square-foot rec room to reach out to new neighbors. (0 comments)
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Old Boat Turned into Unique Bar

A banged-up 25-foot motor boat is rebuilt and reborn as a game room's built-in bar. (1 comments)
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The A/V Comfort Cave

Custom stonework, six rooms and three plasmas turn this basement into an entertainment cave. (0 comments)


Green Home

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Electronics and Environment Coexist in EcoManor

The EcoManor uses environmentally-friendly green technology to blend A/V, comfort and control. (0 comments)


Kitchen

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Kitchen With Perfect Line of Sight

Side-by-side 50-inch plasmas offer TV views from anywhere in this kitchen. (0 comments)
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Dual LCDs Pop Up from Kitchen Counter

A kitchen counter conceals back-to-back LCD screens that rise and fall on demand. (0 comments)
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An Easy Recipe for Kitchen Music

A touchscreen and a music server bring a new level of entertainment to this spacious kitchen. (0 comments)


Master Bath

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Music and Convenience Combine in Master Bath

Touchpanels, distributed audio and LCDs make this bathroom an entertainment destination. (0 comments)
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Video Screen Hidden Within Bathroom Mirror

A 23-inch LCD screen appears in this bathroom's "magic mirror" with the touch of a button. (1 comments)
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The Three-Room Bathroom

Dedicated rooms for a vanity, tub and dressing area redefine "master bath." (1 comments)


Master Suite

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TV Lift Built into Wood Floor

A 50-inch plasma display conveniently rises from a wood floor in this master bedroom. (4 comments)
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Bedroom Features His and Hers A/V Systems

In this home, one bedroom plus two audio/video systems equals marital bliss. (0 comments)
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Clunky Media Center Makes Way for Classy A/V

A massive entertainment center is replaced -- and a bedroom is reborn -- with an on-wall plasma. (1 comments)


Outdoor Space

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Inflatable Screen, Custom A/V Create Ultimate Party Pool

This outdoor oasis features a 16-foot inflatable screen, waterfalls, a gazebo, fire pit and bar. (2 comments)
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Pitching Star C.C. Sabathia Warms Up in Tech Spa

Major league ace C.C. Sabathia stays loose in a tech-laden spa, pool and game room. (1 comments)
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Watch Video from Both Sides of a Screen

This home's outdoor projection screen can instantly reverse its image for viewing from either side. (0 comments)


Wow Factor

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House Sports 165-Inch Video Wall, Outdoor Theater

A professional designer mixes high-end A/V and modern design in her 17,000 square foot home. (1 comments)
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Full Control: From TVs to Tiki Torches

An intricate control system manages every aspect of this 25,000 square foot Hawaiian estate. (0 comments)
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A Stickler for True Home Theater

A 138-inch custom screen delivers a full theater experience in Sam Runco's home. (0 comments)


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