Best Integrated Home (under £100,000)
Winner: Prestige Audio for The White House
This brilliant white home proved the clear winner thanks to its sensitive integration of AV, lighting and security control, for a cost-conscious client.
Working to a tight initial budget, Prestige Audio kept high value items to a minimum whilst retaining a keen eye on future expansion for a time when financial constraints eased.
A single Crestron touchpanel is built into the central, leather-clad pillar which is a key feature of the open plan living space on the ground floor. This controls all zones inside and outside the property, including outdoor speakers and the electric sliding patio doors.
A Lutron HomeWorks system offers spectacular DMX control of colour change RGB lighting, with an internal waterfall proving especially eyecatching!
The first floor is pre-cabled for the future and simple 12-button Crestron keypads provide lighting and basic audio-visual control in secondary rooms. Larger touch-screens and Lutron blinds will be added later.
The dedicated cinema is equipped with a 1.78:1 projector and a 2.35:1 screen - a compromise the client was happy to make until he upgrades later on.
Meanwhile, the gate entry system is connected to the main touch-panel but uses a low cost composite video and balanced audio matrix switcher.
The result is an "envy-inducing" integrated home that delivers excellent value for money.