A house, transformed into a state of the art intelligent home, has won a Liverpool company two prestigious awards; one worldwide.
The house in Alderley Edge was completely renovated during the project by Llama Group and Janey Butler Interiors. Ultamation and Intuitive Homes were appointed to enhance it further and create a fully integrated home using home automation technology to control light, audio, video, CCTV, security and heating. The project won the Best Integrated Home Award in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) at the 2018 CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) Awards. It then went on to win the Best Integrated Home Global Award, beating amazing houses around the world.
The brief from the homeowner was to create a sleek and modern technology experience, suiting the family’s day-to-day life, with their love of entertaining, while also being intuitive and simple to use. Using Ultamation’s user interface and programming framework, the project was able to create a home that responds to the family’s routine, with automated responses to their needs and behaviour, as well as illustrating the opportunity for home automation technology. The framework connects various platforms and applications, creating a seamless experience for the family that’s accessed via a custom user interface.
Their day begins with a morning scene lighting in the house, which starts to wake the family 20 minutes before the alarm goes off, gradually fading the lights up and raising the blinds. At sunset, the system checks any lights switched on and adjusts them to an evening level. At bedtime, when the alarm is part set, lights are focused on the bedroom and ensuite areas. Lights are turned off when there is inactivity in a room for 30 minutes. Sensors are used to track when the family arrives or leaves the home. Having monitored their regular routine, when the family is away, the lights mimic their normal activity.
Lighting and entertainment, for example TV and music, can follow the family from room-to-room. The ‘Follow Me’ feature uses Creston’s TSW touch panels and Bluetooth PinPoint beacons. That’s not the only clever feature; the TV is hidden in a bookcase in the sitting room, which only reveals itself when turned on, where it lifts up and turns rotating it to the perfect viewing angle. The TV and audio can be enjoyed anywhere, with the system having the ability to pause and continue in the next room. Music can play seamlessly both inside and outside the house, perfect for parties.
The tech transformation cost an estimated £165,000.
The home-owner said, “The whole process has been effortless with the guys making sound recommendations, and even when things have gone wrong, which I know they always do in complex project like this, it’s the way that they deal with the problem that’s really impressed us. “
Ultamation Managing Director Oliver Hall says the team is delighted with the awards. “When technology works best it slots seamlessly into your life, and that was our ambition with this home. We wanted the owners to have hands-on control, but also to make it as easy to use as possible. Our user interface, singled out by the judges as being a fantastic feature, has been honed and developed over the years. We’re so proud it has won this recognition”.