Making a Modern Manor House a Smart Home

We’re just putting the finishing touches to this amazing home in Lapworth that we’ve been working on for over a year. We were first approached by the homeowner and his technical consultant before they had broken ground when they were finalising plans of this 8-bed mansion with their architect. This is the ideal time to start thinking about integrating smart home technology; as the perfect cable infrastructure can be specified and installed during the build process.

Modern Manor House: Work in progress
Modern Manor House: Work in progress
Modern Manor House: Work in progress
Modern Manor House: Work in progress
Modern Manor House: Work in progress
Modern Manor House: Work in progress
Modern Manor House: Work in progress
Modern Manor House: Work in progress
Modern Manor House: Work in progress
Modern Manor House: Work in progress
Modern Manor House: Work in progress
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Modern Manor House: Work in progress
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Following a demonstration of its capabilities to the owner, a Savant Pro control and automation solution was specified. This has the ability to control all the home’s technology including the Lutron lighting control throughout the home (both indoors and outdoors); 134 Lutron motorised blinds; 28 zones of Savant audio; monitoring of 22 HikVision CCTV cameras; room-by-room heating control of ~50 zones of underfloor heating and video intercoms at the front and rear gates. The Texecom intruder alarm is also integrated and the sensors on all the windows are also used as an interlock to prevent the motorised blinds trying to close on windows that are open.

In terms of AV, in addition to the multi-room audio, video can be distributed in 4K quality from any of the video sources to the eleven screens around the home (including waterproof TVs in the swimming pool area and master bedroom en-suite). A video over IP matrix means additional zones can be added in the future.

Luxury home cinema room

There’s also a dedicated home cinema room with a 4 m wide screen and Dolby Atmos 7.4.4 immersive surround sound system. The room is acoustically treated with Vicoustic panels which also act as a design feature for the room and allow the speakers to be hidden from view behind acoustic fabrics. The front two seats feature D-Box actuators that physically shake the seating in sync with the movie; and there’s a further five seats in a raised tier behind. The left, centre and right (LCR) speakers are hidden behind the screen which is acoustically transparent. The screen has a 2.35:1 aspect ratio making it perfect for movies, but also incorporates motorised side masking to automatically change the aspect ratio to 16:9 for watching TV and sport. A Sony 4K HDR-capable projector ensures there’s no compromise when it comes to picture quality. Our 3D cinema room visualisations allowed the client to see and approve the room design before any construction work began.

Basement entertaining

All this technology requires a lot of AV rack space (keeping equipment out of the living spaces). The plant room was already full of HVAC and other equipment, so we built a dedicated area within the basement entertaining space. The racks are accessible through stylish glazed doors, adjacent to a huge TV screen. On a day-to-day basis the homeowner uses this space as a showroom for his collection of luxury cars; but when it’s time to party the cars are moved out of the way and a ‘PA spec’ sound system kicks in deploying four in-wall speakers and four subwoofers. All the speakers are hidden behind acoustic stretched fabrics and LED strip lighting disguises the joins in the fabrics.

Want to know more about this smart home?

It won’t be long before the homeowner and his family can move into this amazing property and enjoy all its amazing technology. We’ll be following this up with a full case study in a few months’ time when all the interior decoration is complete, the furniture installed and the rooms ready to be photographed. Contact us if you’d like to be sent a copy of the case study once it is available.

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on 15 Oct 2019
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