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Feautured by: New England Home Magazine: Systems Design Inspired Before & After

Inspired: Before & After in Historic Beacon Hill

Feautured by: New England Home  Magazine: Systems Design Inspired Before & After

The Goal:

Our client wanted to incorporate fine architectural details into his new home, keeping interior design at a high standard, while incorporating a full high-end audio video system for the five-floor historic Beacon Hill house.

The Challenges:

Due to the ceiling height and the layout of the house, we had to design an audio video system in the family room that is not only of high quality, but also keeps aesthetics in mind.  In addition, the interior designer did not want the TV visible, so we installed a custom automated-motorized bracket that, with a remote, would being the screen in and out of a built-in. Keeping in mind the strong emphasis on interior design, the client still wanted a great-sounding subwoofer, so we installed two in-ceiling Artison subwoofers that have zero wall vibrations.  In addition, the client wanted to use a finfer as a front door key, which would also serve as an intercom system.  The look had to meet the Beacon Hill historical requirements.

The Design Summary:

Five floors of the house were designed, pre-wired, and installed for whole-house audio, surround sound, home automation, a finger-print door-entry intercom system, and a dedicated media room.  We installed Martin Logan Vanquish in-ceiling speakers through-out, including a waterproof speaker in the master bathroom. We expanded the network for the client to have full coverage throughout the house. The entire AV system was designed and programmed by audio visual designer/owner Angel Centeno and installed by the Systems Design installation technicians.


To book your Audio Video Design experience with Systems Design - reach out to our office at Tel: 617-391-8919. 

Visit our website to chat with us, or fill out a submission form to have someone from our team contact you for an appointment.  www.sdiboston.com or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Savant Home Automation for the Sophisticated User

How Home Builders Can Use Savant Automation Technology to Sell More Homes

Savant Home Automation for the Sophisticated User

As a home builder in Boston and greater New England, you’re creating the walls that a family will live, laugh, and love in for many years. Often times though, that family will be diverse in their needs and wants, as will the next family that lives in that home.

Savant control systems can help everyone in the family live their lives more happily and safely and is one of our most elegant, yet user-friendly, products that we represent. Learn more about our smart home automation features below: Mom can use Savant Metropolitan home lighting control to set “scenes” for different situations. If she's in the bath after a long day, programmers can create a “Spa” scene for her. If she’s hosting an elegant dinner party, she can create a romantic and intimate “Dinner Party” scene all by herself. Dad can make sure his family is safe from harm from intruders with state-of-the-art security and surveillance systems. In addition, lighting systems can automatically be set to turn on and off throughout the day to make it seem like the family is home even if they're on vacation. When Grandma visits, she’ll easily be able to control the thermostat to her liking in her private guest room, as the elderly often prefer much warmer temperatures. When the kids want to watch a movie during a slumber party or have a karaoke competition with the stereo system, they can seamlessly enjoy the systems while keeping the party going.

Troubleshooting and switching cords will be a thing of the past with their new Savant system Whether you’re a builder that builds one ornate and custom home a year, or a builder that constructs 100 homes a year, we have a place for you at System Design & Integration. Savant packages start below $1,000, yet you as the builder won’t have to do any of the work- we will program and install your Savant control systems within your designed home. Savant is a luxury control system in home automation that will dramatically increase the perceived and real value with current clients and prospective buyers. Not only will the potential homeowner be thrilled that their home is a coveted smart home, but you will also have an opportunity to upsell them with dedicated media rooms, whole home audio adding extra security cameras, and many other options.

Whether it’s a small apartment or a castle, Savant can control anything while making it fun for the resident to use. Below is more information on Savant and the options they have to home builders throughout Boston.

Smart Host Options Cameras capable of monitoring 8 rooms

Up to 128 home security sensors

Video capability in 8 rooms

Customized music streaming in 12 rooms

Lighting control of up to 250 lights/switches

Heating and air conditioning control for up to 6 thermostats

Window shade automation for up to 32 shades

Pro Host Features Include Entire home camera monitoring

Security sensors in every room

Video watching in up to 36 rooms

Music streaming in as many as 144 rooms

Lighting control for 250 lights/switches

Window shade automation throughout your entire home

New England Home Magazine and Systems Design

New England Home Magazine and Systems Design: Hot off the press::::

New England Home Magazine and Systems Design

New England Home Magazine featured Systems Design in the November December 2017 Fall edition. A magazine that includes region’s most esteemed design talent in the New England. A magazine that offers luxury and style and serves as a guide to the products and professionals. System Design offers homeowners, interior designers and builders with premier Audio Video technology and completely smart home integration options.


With a wide variety with industry’s best brands such as Savant, Sonos, Marantz, Martin Logan, AudioQuest and JL Audio amongst others, our experts can help you bring your ideas to reality from a simple media room to dedicated home theater rooms. Our exceptional AV design and installation team can also help on variety of other commonly requested services such as Whole House Audio, Lighting Control, Motorized Shades, Home Networking, and Outdoor Entertainment.

With more than 12 years of experience, Angel and Alexandra Centeno founded Systems Design & Integration, Inc. in 2012. Throughout the Boston area, Cape Cod and Islands, the company has been designing and installing audio and video systems for builders, developers, architects, interior designer, and homeowners. Systems Design has been part of many prestigious retail stores on Newbury Street, as well as restaurants and homes in the suburbs of Boston, Beacon Hill, Cambridge, the Seaport District, Cape Cod, and the Islands.

Systems Design specializes in the AV industry by providing the system with the client, taking care of the pre-wiring, providing the AV products, performing the installation, programming and system/remote and facilitating tutorials.

Get your Copy of the New England Home Magazine today.


7 Ways Your Restaurant is Losing Money—And How to Fix It Technologically

If you own or work for a non-formal restaurant, this blog post is for you. These are seven of the most mistakes that restaurants are making and how to remedy them. Make these improvements, and watch your customers happier and restaurant crowded

7 Ways Your Restaurant is Losing Money—And How to Fix It Technologically

1) People want to watch something but they're not sure if they'll be able to get their channelor you don't even have a TV. 

Solution? You're under-utilizing your TV and your cable package (which most people no longer have). You're a sports bar, but you only play sports games. Which is logical. But in this market, you need to do things that set you apart from the 12 other sports bars surrounding you. So many girls throw "The Bachelor" show parties in their apartments. Why not throw one at your business? And trust me—build your field for women and the men will come. Get creative. Make a calendar online of what you'll be showing, and with extra TV's leftover, people can sign up to use them for certain times (and add passive income to your business).


2) People are hot.

I can't tell you how many times various dining parties I've been apart of have gone to Leon's in Decatur, GA, just because of their fans that mist water. They are surrounded by other restaurants, but they do something that no one else in the vicinity does. 

Solution? Check out these fans from Rapid Cool as well as these from Big Ass Fans.

3) People leave because there's a long wait.

This is one of the best problems you can have. But how do you keep those potentially frustrated or bored customers happy enough to wait 20-60 minutes for a table? 

Solution? Consider putting TV Shield's outside your entrances and by the entrance patio if there is one. Dedicate one of your staff to start serving those customers drinks while they wait. 

4) You're still using a clipboard for back-of-the-house tasks.

Solution? Proprietary software exists that will save you $1000's in time and money so you can focus on what really matters—your customers and the food. Manage invoices, track food and supplier prices, order supplies, and stop the madness of data entry at Orderly. Many notable local Atlanta chefs have had great luck with it. 

5) You're still not using WiFi outdoors. 

Solution? Look into Ruckus or Luxul and get your people some WiFi already. 

6) You're using incandescent lights and the lighting fixtures are rusting.

Solution? Hands down, Coastal Source offers the best outdoor lighting on the market. The air-tight "o ring" in their wires is a bright orange circle that makes a popping sound when you open it. That means that water, dirt, food, nothing is going to get into these wires. Their offices are located in Key West, Florida so their engineers have often tested them against the elements and even completely underwater. They also use similar and like metals when constructing the fixtures. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is when other companies will use a nice fixture but then stick cheap sockets, connectors, and screws inside of the wires. These dissimilar metals will eventually corrode and it will need to be fixed or replaced. Coastal Source isn't inexpensive in the beginning stages, but it eventually becomes way cheaper than competitors since little to no maintenance is needed on their products.

7) You don't have a control system.

Solution? It's easier than ever to integrate your audio, video and lighting using existing wired and wireless networks that you already have in place. Imagine being able to press the "Sunday Ticket" preset and turn on all of your TV's, set the DirecTV boxes to their appropriate channels, and later in the evening trigger the "Outdoor Dining" scene which would turn on music and adjust lighting and water features—all from the front of house iPad.  

*This blog post was NOT sponsored. These are simply my opinions of what the best products on the market are. 

Posted by Author: Johnnie Sanchez