Order the CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles® Issue: An Oasis In White
The CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles ® Fall 2013 Expo Edition is available now. Handsomely produced with striking photography, the magazine's departments, columns and features inspire the audience of architects, building designers, interior designers and builders to embrace the integration of technology in the home. You can purchase 1-9 copies for $9.95 each, or 10+ for $7.95 each, a number that drops to $6.95 each at the show. Order your copies here.
Here, from the issue, is "An Oasis in White":
When you venture into North London, not far from the high-paced life of one of the world’s most impressive metropolitan areas, you may be surprised by the leafy green calm. Situated in that calm is an oasis in white. This lavish new home in North London is actually a family-friendly home completely automated by the Buckinghamshire-based integrator Smartcomm.
“The home automation system for this stunning six-bed property exudes convenience, simplicity of control and state-of-the-art entertainment for the whole family,” said Smartcomm’s managing director, Steven Worrell. “Our solution encompasses a dedicated cinema room; lighting; HVAC, including under-floor heating; and security.
“The mandate from the homeowner,” Worrell added, “was clear: Install a state-of-the-art AV system that would provide all-in-one control from a centralized position.”
SmartComm’s solution was built around a powerhouse Crestron control system designed to be simple to use for the client and everyone in the family. The front end of the system can be accessed via a collection of stylish Crestron touch panels located around the home, including two 12-inch wall-mounted master touch panels in the kitchen and master bedroom. These provide whole-house control and regulate the outside lighting, CCTV and gate entry system. A further eleven wall-mounted touch panels provide dedicated area control, while five handheld Wi-Fi remote controls act as portable control options.
Movies come to life in the effortlessly stylish cinema room packed with cutting-edge technology. This includes a Sunfire 7-channel home theater amplifier and processor, an Audyssey equalizer, Triad speakers and subwoofer, a Cineversum Blackwing 3 Full HD 1080p projector, and a Screen Research X-Mask 90-inch motorized cinema screen—it all makes for a premier movie-watching experience. The Pioneer 50-inch Full HD plasma screen also provides TV and SKY HD viewing options when the screen is not in use.
A Kaleidescape system further enhances the enjoyment for movie enthusiasts in the family by simplifying management and storage of their favorite movie collections and offering instant access on any display screen in the house. All of this, including the lighting and curtains and blinds in the cinema room, can be easily controlled via the touch panel.
Crestron DigitalMedia delivers high-definition distribution of all video sources throughout the house. Meanwhile, the home’s Audio Request multi-room audio system brings music to every room through sleek, high-quality Bowers + Wilkins in-ceiling loudspeakers. In the basement, a magnificent heated swimming pool and gym also have multi-room audio and a 60-inch TV.
Crestron wall-mounted remote temperature sensors and remote slab sensors in the 17 HVAC zones allow the client to monitor and manage the heating. Fully integrated Crestron thermostats can be controlled from touch panels throughout the home, allowing energy-saving temperature regulation. Also easily controllable are the under-floor heating units, which can be set to the desired temperature, and the air-conditioning in each zone.
An incredible 280 circuits of Lutron Lighting delivers superb illumination to every corner of the house and throughout the garden. Preset scenes cater to every mood and occasion. Lutron curtain and blind control makes light work of opening and closing curtains and blinds by simply pressing a button.