A bespoke smart home, security and access control solution for a private residence in the Lake District
Working with award winning designer Charlotte Findlater, Epixx were contracted to renew the services in a private lake district residence during a partial refurbishment and full interior re-design.
The Project would require new discreet heating controls, new electric gate intercom and a myriad of mod-cons to be expected in a bespoke Lake District property. Touch Screens to control the home’s services, advanced security systems and WiFi coverage throughout the grounds were all must haves for this property.
Architectural audio was also required to the main living spaces delivered through speakers built into the ceiling. Looking for a clean aesthetic, these speakers required plastering in to avoid large speaker grilles on the ceiling.
This clean aesthetic meant that anything not required to be on show should be hidden, such as the WiFi points, heating controls and TV source equipment.
A recently renovated property, a lot of fixtures and fittings needed to be retained, and as little damage as possible caused while routing cables from the newly formed comms room in the cellar. We had the added complexity of original lathe and plaster ceilings to fit the plaster-in speakers into.
We opted to put the comms room in the cellar for a number of reasons, but mainly due to the central location and proximity to a riser where all the heating pipes and other services run through the building vertically.
There were no cables or ducts from the house to the gate which posed a challenge for installing a video intercom to the gate.
We opted to install a Crestron Home automation system to bring all the homes services together. This allowed us to install touch screens to control all the audio throughout the property, take calls from the gate intercom and control the heating system.
The crestron heating system is unique in that it utilises thimble temperature sensors so there’s less clutter on the walls as all the heating timers and temperatures can be controlled from the home’s user interfaces rather than in each room.
We strategically and meticulously planned the WiFi deployment to allow us to hide all the access points in void spaces and cupboards to ensure there was maximum coverage but no visual impact to any of the internal spaces.