A Central London home, bursting with high-performance AV technology, and a fully integrated home automation system, earnt Environ a top accolade from CEDIA in the 2018 EMEA Awards. The London-based integrator won the Best Integrated Home £340,000 and over category for its user-focussed design and exceptional technical knowledge.
The extensive brief was to turn a large family house, featuring a wine cellar, fitness room, music room, and two home cinemas into a fully integrated smarthome. The user interface needed to be tailored to meet the needs of the whole family, which included several children and a live-in nanny, as well as providing some specific control functionality for staff.
The project came with a number of challenges. As part of a larger modernisation project, the integrator was required to work in close partnership with a number of other contractors to ensure seamless integration with the stunning decor. Also, as a Grade 1 listed building, where space is at a premium, careful thought had to be given to some of the product fixings and placement.
A significant aspect of the project was the provision of professional standard AV across the property. Speaker and TV points have been fitted in all the rooms, along with Samsung Smart TVs, Bowers & Wilkins stylish Bookshelf speakers in each of the main living areas and bedrooms, and CAT (California Audio Technology) in-ceiling speakers in the leisure rooms. 4K video distribution is enabled through Crestron’s DigitalMedia platform and audio using Kramer’s Sierra audio matrix.
The first media room also doubles as a living area, so a projection screen was not a viable option. The owner was keen to make a design statement and chose handcrafted Italian Sonus Faber Aida speakers and a 75-inch Samsung 4K TV. The brief for the second media room, which is intended to be a family room, was to create an immersive gaming environment. A Barco Orion projector has been installed along with Triad in-wall speakers and an enormous 123-inch Stewart Luxus Model A ElectriScreen; a motorised, retractable screen for discreet storage. A third relaxation area uses CAT floor-standing speakers to create a visual impact. In each case, apart from the show case speakers, the technology has been fitted, where possible, within bespoke joinery to minimise the impact on the interior design.
HEART OF CRESTRON
All the main systems in the home, including entertainment, lights, and climate, have been integrated through a Crestron CP3 backbone and are controlled using the Crestron app on iPads located throughout the residence. Any iPad in the house can be set to control any of the rooms. The client had a specific request that the user interface should be identical to one he had seen in a luxury hotel. The integrator was able to build and programme an exact replica to match his specific requirements.
The client wanted each family member to have the ability to set up and easily activate their own room preferences. The app has been programmed so that each user has the option to save 15 global presets for each room encompassing lights, media source, home entertainment equipment, blinds, and temperature. In addition, each person can save three lighting presets for each room according to their chosen activity or mood.
The lighting system is highly complex and comprises hundreds of circuits combined in one Lutron HomeWorks QS system. Simple control is enabled through Lutron keypads, positioned in each room, with the option to turn on/off or adjust individual lights, as well as access custom preset scenes through the iPad interface. The blinds can also be opened and closed using the Lutron keypads.
As a luxurious home in a prestigious location, security was a high priority for the client. The BPT entry control system can be accessed via the iPad enabling the family to permit entry to visitors from wherever they are in the house. They can view the images from the CCTV cameras from the iPad to check activity around the perimeter of the house.
This was a complex brief which required detailed project management and co-ordination with other trades. All home automation systems are seamlessly integrated within the stylish interiors of this beautiful home with simple, personalised control for every occupant. The discerning client can also enjoy high performance audio visual, along with his family, in every corner of his home.