Best Integrated Home (from £100,000 - £250,000)
Winner: Grahams Hi-Fi for The Regency
A worthy winner for its "beautiful use of space, fantastic use of lighting and an impressive security system".
Key to the success of this development project is the correct mix of technology and value for money.
Interior/exterior lighting and blinds are controlled through a Lutron lighting system. A Crestron system integrates whole house audio and security and has been set up to allow control of the Lutron system; reducing the amount of wall clutter. The Crestron wall panels can be used to view CCTV images and for access control, including video monitoring and two-way audio communication. Programming for the wall panels is consistent in each room to underline ease of use. The system can also be controlled by iPads to give an extra hi-tech feel to the property.
The infrastructure, which has been designed so that it can be upgraded by the eventual owners, allows for full HD distribution over dedicated fibre optic cables, all pre-wired, as well as dedicated cat 5 cables.
To assist with marketing the property, a ‘Home Demo' button activates a pre-set lighting scene, music in all rooms and the home cinema. The sales agents have been impressed by the system's simplicity of use and the big impact it makes on prospective buyers.