This was a fully integrated smart home in the heart of Kent. There was a total of 22 multi-room audio zones installed across this integrated smart home automation in Kent, including two external zones of 8.1 audio from Triad landscape loudspeakers. There are 6 sources feeding 6 rooms within the property for multi-room video distribution via a Control4 video matrix, although an allowance has been made for future expansion of up to two extra inputs and outputs, should the client ever wish to upgrade. Both audio visual systems are operated by Control4 automation system.
Intelligent lighting was the initial primary focus, so Lutron lighting control was specified in all rooms with control types being a mixture of mains dimmable, DMX & DALI. Particular attention was paid to the mains dimmable fittings, especially the high end & low end dim settings to ensure that the fade curve reflected the performance of the fitting as accurately as possible.
A number of scenes were programmed into the system, including ‘dusk to dawn’ and ‘welcome home’ lighting. Integration was included with the intruder alarm, particularly when in ‘alarm state’ so as to include flashing external lights. Mockupancy was programmed (and linked to the intruder alarm away setting) to recreate the look of an occupied property.
You can see for yourself in this video of the completed project how many Control4 home automation elements where used for this Sevenoaks projects.
External lighting comes on automatically at dusk and turns off at 11.00pm and the client has an option to override this when required for complete flexibility.
For added security the system automatically records the automation whenever the alarm is not armed. This captures some lighting scenes and motorised blinds and curtain track movements. And whenever the alarm is set to away the mockupancy scene playback is triggered.
House lights go on and external lights flash when the intruder system goes into alarm mode. When intruder alarm is unset there is a “Welcome Home” lighting scene triggered.
If the boot room side door is left open a 5 minute timer is started. Once that timer expires a notification is sent to advise the door has been left open. Once the various elements are installed, it is then the real value of home automation can be gained through our programming experience.
The drawing room had a 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos TV media room has been installed with the clients wish for a very discrete installation. Therefore, colour matched Artcoustic front speakers were installed, alongside Amina Mobius speakers (surround and height channels). 2 x Artison in-floor subwoofers were used, again to keep the AV as discrete as possible. Subwoofers were fitted with colour matched grills in keeping with ironmongery already present in the room.
A Future Automation motorized bracket ensures that the TV is at the correct viewing angle whenever required. Audio calibration using the Anthem Arc Genesis software was carried out to ensure maximum audio performance. Finally, two profile settings were created; one with curtains open and one with curtains closed. The control system automatically selects the correct profile depending on whether the curtains are open or closed.
For the family room 5.1 media room designed to create a ‘clean look’ with an Artcoustic LCR soundbar and Artcoustic in-ceiling surround speakers. 2 x Artison in-floor subwoofers were used to also keep the AV as discrete as possible. Subwoofers were fitted with custom made grills that were manufactured to match the height of the stone. Audio Calibration using the Anthem Arc Genesis software was carried out.
Motorised curtain tracks and blinds
Lutron roller blinds, roman blinds, pull up blinds & curtain tracks were supplied according to the client’s requirements. Where possible all roller blind treatments were fitted into ceiling recesses and were housed within headboxes. Any visible headboxes were colour matched to blend in with the window frames. Palladiom blinds were specified where the roller unit had to be on show, therefore allowing for the neatest installation option available.
Integration into Control4 allows for all window treatments to be triggered via touch panels, apps & remote controls. Window treatments have also been incorporated within the mockupancy programming to recreate the look of an occupied property. Control of 3rd Party rooflight actuators & rooflight blinds have also been integrated within the control system. Rooflights can be opened via Lutron keypads and a rain sensor has been fitted to close windows automatically. In addition, integration with a Weather Service meant a notification is sent if the chance of precipitation was over 50%.
There was several systems in this property that we linked into such as the HVAC system so we control the Heatmiser underfloor as well controlling the air conditioning across the property. The clients irrigation system was integrated with the Control4 system, with the client being able to observe the areas being watered and override any actions as required.
We connected to window actuators for opening as required and installed rain sensor to automatically shuts when rain is detected. The rain sensor feeds into a Lutron IO (input) that then triggers the close mechanism via the same Lutron IO (output)
The property has a vehicular & pedestrian gate so we specified the Control4 DS2 as the main intercom to link together with the main house touch panels. The pedestrian gate is scheduled to be open during the day and to be locked from the evening onwards.
CEDIA Awards 2021 Integrated Home Finalist
CEDIA has named the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific region finalists for the 2021 CEDIA Home Technology Professional Awards competition. The awards recognise the very best projects CEDIA home technology professional members have completed during the last year. We are extremely proud of this stunning Sevenoaks project making it to the CEDIA Award finals 2021.