Don’t be fooled by a traditional façade. Behind the front door of even the oldest of homes, cutting-edge technology is hard at work simplifying busy lives and making the time spent there more enjoyable and efficient.
This five-storey house overlooking Regent’s Canal in London is an excellent case in point. Dating back to early Victorian times, its owners were keen to bring it bang up-to-date, so put in a call to smart home integrator TwentyTwo Integration.
“As a large family it was very important that specific needs were met, and so a broad range of solutions were used to create a system that is both beneficial and convenient for use by the whole family,” explains Aimee Corcoran of TwentyTwo Integration.
Control4’s in-wall touchscreens control the lighting, audio and video functions throughout the house, as well as monitor the CCTV and door entry system. “It was important to have the fixed in-wall control screens at the door entrance and kitchen as they are the main arteries of the home,” continues Aimee. “But for convenience, there are also a number of handheld screens, which the family can carry about the property.”
A whistle-stop tour of the home reveals four highlights. Read on!
This media room – which scooped ‘Best Media Room over £15,000’ at the recent CEDIA awards – is where the family have fun. It houses a hidden 110’’ projection screen, 55’’ TV, a poker table and a secret wine cellar.
The Samsung 55” JU7000 TV is mounted on a pull-out and twist bracket that allow it to recess back into the bespoke joinery with a tight shadow gap of only 5mm, so it sits flush and unobtrusive when switched off.
For occasions when a TV won’t cut it, TwentyTwo Integration also installed a Screen Research Pix 110” drop-down projector screen. Then, to keep the JVC DLAX500 projector out of sight when not in use, it was custom recessed into the ceiling coffer.
To ensure the best sound possible, three, powerful front in-wall WT250 Monitor Audio speakers are built into the bespoke joinery unit. Then, two in-ceiling Monitor Audio CT265 speakers provide the surround sound, while a punchy Velodyne Impact Mini Subwoofer provides the bass.
Finally, the Control4 system gives the family access to two Sky+HD boxes, two Apple TVs, a Samsung Blu-Ray player and a PS4 games console, all of which can be played through either the TV or projector.
Safe and sound
Security was a critical part of the brief, so TwentyTwo Integration specified a custom solution comprising a 2N entry panel system compatible with Control4’s in-wall and portable touch panels.
When a guest rings the bell, the Control4 touchscreen shows images from the security cameras located at the front gate. It also allows whoever is in the house to speak to the guest, and control the latch releases on the gates and doors for peace of mind 24/7.
The homeowner is a keen art collector, so smart lighting control was needed to show the pieces at their best at various times of the day. TwentyTwo Integration therefore recommended Lutron Homeworks QS. This whole-house lighting system offers control of
internal and external lighting, as well as natural daylight with electric blinds and curtains.
Ergo Lutron also supplied a number of smart window treatments including ripplefold and pinch pleat curtain tracks, plus a custom-made 2.4-metre skylight for the study.
Out of sight, out of mind
Like most homeowners, the family asked TwentyTwo Integration to hide away as much technology as possible. Cue a centrally located rack, which neatly houses all the necessary equipment.
“A standard fully integrated system requires a full-height rack, which is about two metres in height, and depending on the amount of amplifiers installed, it may need active cooling or ventilation to ensure optimum product lifecycle longevity,” explains Aimee.
What’s the damage?
For a fully integrated home system, costs can vary dramatically depending on the quality, brands and, of course, what the owner wants. A project like this by TwentyTwo Integration would cost around £200,000.