This project was a labour of love for the clients, architects, builders and us. The end result is a fantastic home with HD movies and TV available in every room, distributed music around the house plus sophisticated lighting and shade control.
The kitchen has access to a library of music as well as internet radio from around the world. The TV system is connected in HD quality to the Blu Ray player, an apple TV, two Sky HD boxes plus German HD Satellite.
Although a complex amount of sources, all are easily usable from the single Crestron remote control.
All the lighting on the ground floor is controllable from the Crestron wall mounted keypad along with all the blinds for the glass walls.
Various lighting 'mood' scenes are programmed and accessed by a single button press.
The living room has a subtle 7.1 cinema system to entertain the whole family. Also connected to all the HD sources in the house and using a combination of high performance components including a hidden subwoofer, the system sounds and looks stunning.
Again although complex behind the scenes the complete system is all controlled from a single Crestron remote control. See below for more details.
The lighting and blinds are linked to the cinema system so simply pressing play dims the lights and drops the blinds for the perfect movie experience.
The snug is the perfect place to relax on a sunday morning whilst listening to some music, watching some sport or just enjoying the fantastic wood burner.
As the TV here would block the view into the garden it cleverly drops away into the sofa when not in use. The TV is connected to all the HD sources and automatically lifts out when switched on with the remote control.
A Crestron keypad by the sofa gives easy access to control of the lights and blinds.
Crestron Control System :
Although the systems in this home are sophisticated using them is a breeze with the help of the Crestron control system. Easily able to organise complex behind the scenes work yet extremely simple to use for the family.
The Crestron system takes care of all the button pushes and dial twiddling needed for the TV, Music, Lighting and Blinds throughout the house to work seamlessly.
A colour display guides the user easily to the right command without even having to think about it.
The equipment hub :
hidden away are all the boxes providing the magic. Neatly contained in a temperature controlled cupboard and easily accessible for maintenance from Sky engineers etc.
We worked closely with the kitchen builders to ensure the equipment hub perfectly fitted within one of the kitchen cabinets.
Equipment used includes :
Crestron Digital Media Video Distribution
Anthem AV Receiver
Martin Logan Loudspeakers
Approximate audio / visual equipment cost £40,000
Approximate lighting / blind cost £10,000