Best Integrated Home (over £100,000)
Winner: Henri Intégrateur Domotique for Villa des Amis
Described by the judges as "architecturally the top of this category", "simply beautiful" and "somewhere we all dream of living", this amazing family retreat operates as a holiday home for the client but also as an important social space for regular guests and extended family members.
With this in mind, the house needed to be suitable for entertaining as well as retaining a homely feel. As a holiday home, a robust security system was also a must to ensure full protection when empty.
Henri designed, integrated and installed an expansive, integrated custom installation, featuring lighting, whole home audio, video, security, and control of all electronic devices, extending across all four floors of the property.
It is in the communal areas where the family enjoy the full scope of the technology installed. This has been purposely orchestrated to bring the family and guests together to enjoy these spaces and each other's company to the full.
In keeping with the visual integrity of the property, the touchscreens for system operation are coherent from room to room and sit near doorways and windows to avoid any conflict with the home's impressive décor.
Underground lies a leisure area: a gym, a pool, a stunning home cinema, a small library, a video collection, a gaming room, and a wine cellar with its own bar.
The pool and Turkish bath area is fitted with biometric access to avoid children entering without supervision and the entire security system is accessible from any location via the internet. As a bonus, Henri added energy saving devices to the racking as well as an advanced cabling system for further integration and upgrades.