Making smart technology simple
Not only did the system design have to fit seamlessly into the home’s aesthetic, it also had to be easy for all family members and guests to use. With this in mind, we set out to provide a comprehensive technology solution for this grand home, detached guest houses, and adjoining aircraft hangars. All buildings have been designed as standalone entities, yet can still share the main home’s extensive home entertainment and technology infrastructure, thanks to several high speed fibre connections that were implemented to run between each structure.
Two gatehouse IP intercoms and extensive CCTV camera surveillance are seamlessly incorporated into a Savant iPad/iPhone interface, making for a completely integrated intercom solution. The Savant home automation system effortlessly controls all facets of the home’s smart technology such as air conditioning, home entertainment, security,surveillance, fireplaces, irrigation, motorised window fittings and access control to name just a few. It also provides real time live feedback of power usage and water tank levels for day-to-day monitoring.
Home entertainment is a stand out feature of the home, thanks to a myriad of source devices including a Kaleidescape media server. All sources are distributed digitally to 14 independent areas, allowing occupants to enjoy no compromise high definition audio & video in all areas of the home. There are two surround sound zones which include a state of the art media room, complete with a 3D plasma television, while the master bedroom cleverly conceals a surround speaker system utilising cutting edge invisible speakers that also serve high quality audio to the rest of the home. Additionally, a C-Bus lighting system controls energy management and preset lighting scenes while also running via a custom designed scheduler. The home virtually controls itself for day-to-day mundane tasks, giving the owners the luxury of living in this beautiful home whilst not being a slave to it.
Outdoors, the technology continues. An extensive weatherproof, high-output audio system has been designed for the manicured lawn and pool area, incorporating four separate subwoofers that are buried into the ground and 12 speakers that cleverly camouflage into the landscape and natural surroundings. In addition, the adjoining Pool Pavilion has been equipped with a 75’’ LED television and boasts an audio system that would be the envy of any commercial nightclub.
Needless to say, this project shows that even the most complex of systems can be a breeze to use. By providing the highest quality products, the owners of this amazing property now have an enviable home fully equipped with the latest in technology to accommodate their families’ needs now and well into the future.
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