Chris Perez - House.0 Location: Austin, Texas Size: 360 square feet (20' x 18') Years lived in: 4 years Thanks for hopping aboard the Tech Tour bus. Today we'll be dropping you off at House.0 located in the Silicon Hills of Austin, Texas. The two engineers that call this place home are keeping-it-weird with technology. From the massive Panasonic VT30 display to the 7.1 KEF surround speakers, everything in this space is geared toward providing a top-notch theatre experience. Super-modern, super-cool, and super teched out. We dive in...
Everything was well thought out to look minimal, but offer unexpected functionality. Like this cool Occa coffee table from Bo-Concept, featuring panels that close neatly to store magazines and accessories or fold-out as serving trays while you're watching the tube.
Want some wine or champagne with that popcorn? Then look no further than the integrated wine cabinet built into the entertainment center with stackable OXO acrylic wine racks.
Everything in the space just flows together for a feel that is both modern and comfortable, making "House.0" an inviting space to live and entertain from. AT Survey My Style - One word. Modern. I really love the whole design ethos and when done right, the result is timeless. It's good to see that more and more companies are seeming to 'get it' by releasing simple, functional pieces that have that subtle but striking design edge. Inspiration - Blogs, Magazines, Shopping Malls, Home Tours...you name it. I get inspiration from everywhere and in Austin there seems to be a lot of modern design in public buildings and civic centers. I could be doing something as trivial as getting a bite of delicious Austin food, notice an interesting design element and get inspired to bring that effect into our home.
housepoint0.com). Biggest Indulgence - The TV. I had a 60" Panny before that lasted me 7 years, so I didn't mind splurging again on another Panasonic especially one touted as best display of 2011. I got plenty of 3D gear too, so that my friends can get in on the action. Can't wait for Transformer 3 in 3D to come out. I think that's going to be my ultimate demo disc. Area where there is room for improvement / future projects - We have a bar area off to the side of the living area (not pictured for a reason). Its original to the house and looks a little beat-up, so its definitely in need of a reboot. We've got ideas for finishing it out with a wine fridge, built-in espresso machine and full wet bar with sink. Just got to get around to it, so check back next year. Best Advice about organizing or incorporating tech into the home - Think ahead. Most things you buy off-the-shelf aren't made with your needs in mind. You really got to think where are wires going to go? where are components going? how are they going to be controlled? and how is it all going to interconnect and work together? You also need to plan on leaving room for upgrades and expansion. This is especially true for something mounted to the wall like our entertainment center, because no one is going to want to take it all apart to add a new gadget. Dream Source - Anything featured in the pages of Objekt or Wallpaper magazine. They always showcase some really cool, but too high-dollar for me furniture pieces and accessories crafted by the most talented modern designers. The pieces are often ingenious works of art in themselves and it'd be amazing to have a house showcasing that caliber of product.
- 65" Panasonic VT30
- KEF KHT 3000 5.1 Channel Speaker System in gloss black
- 2 additional KEF HTS 3001 Satellite Speakers in gloss black
- Denon 891 Receiver
- Playstation 3
- Panasonic BDT-110
- Logitech Harmony One
- Logitech Harmony IR Extender Kit
- Nintendo Wii
- DirecTV HR22 & AM21
- Belkin PureAV PF30 power filter
- IKEA Besta Cabinets
- IKEA Framsta Wall Panels
- Bo Concept Occa table in Wenge
- Bo Concept Quattro Sofa in Microfiber White
- OXO Wine Shelves in clear acrylic
- Jonathan Adler Lucky Strike pillow
- West Elm bird bottle opener
- Chiasso vases
Photos by Chris Perez