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About Us

Distinctive Audio Visual Environments (DistinctAV) engineers, installs, and supports highly integrated and thoughtfully engineered home electronics systems including:

Home Theaters, Lighting Controls, House Audio, Distributed High-Definition Video, Custom Remotes & Controls, Security, Home Automation, Media Servers, Data & Phone Networks, Structured Wiring, Interiors including Custom Fiber Star Ceilings & Acoustical Treatments, CCTV/Surveillance Cameras, Automated Blinds, Temperature Control, and Energy Management.

Our design philosophy creates beautifully styled and reliable subsystems, then adds an automation layer that can be easily “tweaked” by homeowners should they desire to have even smarter control.  This produces stable, reliable, and feature-rich solutions which are easily maintained and expanded as new technology becomes available.  Testament to our work is the number of repeat clients and system expansion projects we do each year.

Owner Derek Cowburn has a Mechanical Engineering degree and a very strong Information Technology background in pharmaceutical controls engineering and project management.  Our experienced team can handle integration projects up to $1MM using primarily full-time staff augmented with sub-contracted labor when needed.  All installation work is managed by employees and all engineering and programming is performed by principals so consistency, quality, and on-time delivery is maintained.

DistinctAV is “distinctive” in several areas.  For example, we provide a complete documentation package including drawings, wire schedules, configuration details, and custom operation manuals that are guaranteed to impress your clients.  Our owners manual is not just a binder with the manufacturers cryptic manuals-it is a custom, clear, concise guide to operating the systems and includes additional sections for in-depth operation that was developed from client feedback and experiences.  Our engineered solutions are based on the long-term ownership, operation, and expansion of the systems-not just what is immediately profitable.  We also have a fast, efficient, quality model and consistent process that is applied to all projects so you know what to expect during each phase.

Considering all the topics above, advanced home electronics packages can have more details and decisions than all the other trades combined.  DistinctAV will guide the homeowner and builder from education, selection, installation, commissioning, all the way through post-construction support.  All the time clearly communicating and cooperating with other trades through the builder to ensure the completed project exceeds expectations and avoids costly changes.

While we do repair systems installed by other vendors, the overall cost and frustration to the homeowner is greatly reduced by simply having DistinctAV design and install the systems from the beginning.