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Thames Side Smart Home Case study – Shortlisted for British Homes Awards

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Multiroom Media are thrilled to announce our river side Smart Home project has been shortlisted for The British Homes Awards – Smart Home of the Year

  • Riversdale from the Drone

  • Boardwalk Lighting

  • Leon Media Decour bespoke Oak TV Surround

Dating from 1876, our Client’s home had become disjointed and unsuitable for their needs. The Design Brief from our clients, focused on modernisation and inclusivity, ensuring the home was safe and accessible for family and friends, whilst maintaining the original Arts and Crafts feel.

System Overview

With multiple integrated sub-systems, a Savant control system was selected for the User Interface to provide a “single app home”. The Client appreciated the modern visual style and intuitive nature of the touch screens, while finding the ergonomics of the Savant remote the most suitable for the intended users.

Subsystems include:

• Savant Smart Home Control System
• KNX Building Management System
• Rako controlled Lighting
• Texecom Zoned Safety and Security Alarms
• Multiroom AV system
• Property wide CCTV
• Video Access Control
• Wired and Wireless networking
• Passenger Lift

  • Nautical Kitchen Lights

  • Aquavision Mirror TV in the bathroom

  • Staircase Lighting

Security Systems

The property is accessed from both a private road and the riverfront, making security of utmost importance. A remotely monitored zonal intruder alarm provides maximum protection. Each building and boat can be independently controlled, ensuring only occupied areas are ever disarmed.

18 x 4k CCTV cameras cover the property and all access points with movement triggers supplementing the intruder alarms.

Multiple Video entry panels provide a record of every visitor and allow the Client to grant access from anywhere in the world.

Comfort and Efficiency Systems

Maintaining comfort levels requires an integrated effort, due to the properties size, high surface area of glazing and exposed riverfront position. The motorised awnings, blinds and window actuators are utilised to reduce temperature gain and encourage stack effect for cooling airflow throughout the building.

The underfloor heating system is zoned and supplemented with MVHR to recover heat and circulate filtered air.

Solar Thermal Panels are connected to an auto-changeover, maximising the gains available. Once water tanks have reached the required temperature, additional energy is diverted to the swimming pool, significantly reducing running costs.

Photovoltaic panels linked to a Tesla wall panel, reduce demand from the grid and provide an Uninterruptable Power Supply for designated services, including fish tanks, security and safety systems.

  • Video Entry at the highly bespoke front door

  • Nautical Kitchen Lights – Photo by Mark Taylor Design

  • Samsung Art TV in the Master Suite

Entertainment Systems

The scale of the property and demands from regular entertaining, drove the design decisions for the AV systems. Six set-top-boxes serve 16 video zones, including a mixture of new and existing displays, so an AV over IP system was chosen, to provide expandability and local scaling from 720p – 2160p, ensuring each screen receives the highest quality it is capable of displaying. The AVoIP system also allows the de-centralised Blu-ray players to be shared to all displays.

Sonos was chosen for the Multiroom Audio because the Client was already familiar with Sonos. Most visitors already have the Sonos app installed, an important consideration allowing guests easy access to the audio without requiring them to download additional apps.

Internal audio zones feature custom made loudspeakers, manufactured from matching Oak or colour matched to the room finish. The large TV screen, as you enter the open plan living space, is an immediate focal point, so a bespoke Oak TV surround with matching LCR passive soundbar was designed to complement the architectural features.

Externally, 3 zones of audio each feature 4 hidden satellite speakers and a buried subwoofer. This allows the audio to scale from background music while the children play in the pool, to property wide coverage during a large drinks reception.

Key rooms feature Samsung Art TV’s displaying the Client’s photography while in standby, while the master En Suite features a waterproof Mirror TV.

An external video zone allows the screening of sporting events, already appreciated by a large number of guests watching the England World Cup match during the Client’s 65th birthday garden party.

  • Bespoke Bar lighting

  • Relaxing mood lighting behind the bath

  • Riversdale from the Drone

Lighting & Shading.

We sub-contracted lighting design and luminaire specification to specialist lighting designers, Lighting by Plum. Combining nautical themes to reflect a passion for sailing and Tiffany style lamp shades to reflect the Client’s work as a stained-glass artist, decorative pieces provide a stamp of personality whilst complimenting the property’s original features. Exceptionally high CRI accent lighting was selected to showcase the clients art works, whilst highlighting architectural features. Downlights and linear lighting provide functional and navigation light.

With 144 lighting circuits, scene based control simplifies switching to commonly used day and evening settings, with additional activity based scenes such as Cooking, Reading and Entertaining in respective rooms.

A comprehensive PIR system allows the Client safe passage around the home after dark, without ever needing to touch a light switch. The client regularly, but not permanently requires the use of a wheelchair. It recently became apparent that while in the chair, she would be unable to access either of the light switches in the sitting room without rearranging furniture. The nature of the lighting system allowed us to instantly adapt, reprograming a light switch in the hall to operate the sitting room lights, allows easy access without compromising the interior design.

Time clocks automatically dim active circuits in the evening to save energy, control external lighting and replicate occupancy.

Take a look at some of our recent projects for inspiration, then book a design meeting at our Marlow showroom where we can demonstrate the latest and greatest possibilities.

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