Smart Home

Beckenham, London

Brief

The brief for this project based in Beckenham, London was received directly from the client. As part of a property renovation and extension the client wished to benefit from the functionality of a smart home automation system. To achieve maximum impact in the new open plan kitchen, dining and family area we were asked to complete a lighting design scheme. A key requirement of this project was to ensure that the lighting, blinds, TVs and music could all be controlled via a single remote and app.

EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATION

Smart Home Control

Our Client was recommended to us by their Architect who we have worked on several previous projects. When first visiting us, they were unsure what they wanted to achieve from a smart home in terms of security, control, music and TV as this was the first time they had ever considered the installation of home automation technologies.

Our team guided the whole family through options of each of the areas they were looking at. By installing a Control4 automation system as the backbone it allowed our engineers to neatly integrate each of the elements into one simple, easy to use system, either through iPad, remote control or the dedicated Control4 touch screen.

Lighting Design and Control 

The main focus of the project was around the extension that was planned to incorporate an open plan kitchen, dining and family snug area.  As the new addition to the home and the room in which the family will spend most of their time a full lighting design was created by Circle Automation.  The lighting design scheme focused on zoning the room, creating task lighting in the kitchen area, highlighting artwork in the snug and making a feature of the ceiling lanterns through recessed LED strip lights.  John Cullen light fittings were specified for their high quality and stunning design, as well as being a Made in Britain product. The lighting was integrated into the Control4 smart home control system.

Automated Blinds

As the extension was to have extensive sliding glass windows, it was important to consider the shading element of the room. Firstly for privacy purposes, but also to help reduce the solar gains caused from a large volume of glass.  Automated Lutron blinds were installed so that the client can control them via on-wall keypads whilst at home, but also from their smart phone whilst away.

Security 

Four HD surveillance cameras were discreetly positioned around the outside of the property to allow the family to check in to the house when they were away as well as within the home to detect any unusual activity.

Music

As avid music fans, a quality music system was required. The Kitchen and family area benefit from a pair of in-ceiling Meridian speakers while the lounge features a pair of Meridian M6 floor standing speakers. During the design process, we presented the Client with the idea of having music outside on their newly designed garden terrace. Using the Sonance Sonarray outdoor speakers cleverly hidden amongst the flower beds. Being located in London, a densely populated area, meant that the speakers needed to be directional, to avoid causing a nuisance to neighbours. The Sonance speakers have a narrow field of sound, meaning that with clever positioning, the music creates a blanket of surround sound, but can only really be heard around the terrace and not into neighbouring gardens.

TV Distribution 

The Clients had two existing Virgin media boxes which were integrated into the central equipment rack along with an Apple TV.  All of these sources are viewable from the kitchen, lounge, media room and also the garden room at the bottom of the garden. All of the sources and TVs/amplifiers are controlled from the dedicated Control4 remote and Apple/Android devices.

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