Home Automation – a walk through guide

A fully automated home is very much a reality right now where everything from your entertainment, security and comfort can be managed by the touch of a single button or voiced instruction. The technology is invisible, discrete, integrated and works seamlessly to provide enjoyment, assistance and peace of mind.

We work with a wide range of leading technology brands to select the solution that is right for you and your home, for example:

Artcoustic, Bowers & Wilkins, Control4, Crestron, Lutron, QMotion, Rako, RTi, Sonos, Steinway Lyngdorf

For a more in depth understanding of home automation, let’s take a walk through the automated home and outdoor space to understand the possibilities and benefits…

The gateway to home automation

When we first arrive at the gate we see the access control panel, the  CCTV system has already picked us up and if we weren’t a welcome guest the analytics provided by it could trigger an alert if it’s picked up that we’ve stumbled through the virtual trip wire or are behaving suspiciously. We aren’t so we push the button on the panel and we have audio and video with the homeowner via the weatherproof monitor, and the gate is opened remotely. We make our way to the front door, the same security is in place here but we’re expected and the door is open.

Hallway – a cleverly concealed central control

On entering the Hallway you can barely notice a discrete in wall touchpanel, from here the audio, video, heating, window treatments, CCTV, entry cameras and visitor comms are centrally controlled. This functionality is mirrored on your tablet or smartphone. It’s possible to create different scenes by room depending on the activity you’re carrying out. More about that later.

Drawing Room

Next it’s the drawing room, there doesn’t appear to be any technology here – that’s the beauty of home automation. However, I press a single button on a handheld controller and suddenly I’m hearing and seeing a full on surround sound system which has sprung into life. The mirror has now become a TV and audio can heard from the ceiling through speakers that have been plastered over. The lighting, heating, curtains and blinds are activated according to the scene selected to compliment the entertainment system.

The Kitchen

We go through to the kitchen which has another wall panel as it’s one of the high traffic rooms, here there are in-ceiling speakers, a TV flush in the wall, WiFi connectivity to Smart white goods and voice control for music, reminders, shopping lists, etc.

Family Cinema Room

The adjoining family room is a more casual space and the latest 4K UHD TV sits proudly in position underpinned with a 9.2 Dolby Atmos Surround Sound System. If it’s a real cinema experience that’s required then this can be controlled effortlessly using tablet, phone or bespoke dedicated handheld remote control. To try it out, I press the ‘Movie Mode’ button and the TV turns off whilst an in ceiling projection screen drops down in front of it. At the rear of the room a projector drops from the ceiling whilst all around me the lights dim and the blackout blinds fall into place. The room has suddenly been transformed into a full on Cinema.

Outdoor Space and Pool

Back through the kitchen and out into the outdoor space, the automated technology continues throughout, outdoor lighting both ambient and security can be set to suit your mood or according to sunrise/sunset. Lighting and speaker configurations set into garden walls make the most of the entertaining space and there’s an option for an outdoor, weatherproof TV so that your favourite shows aren’t missed. The pool area has the same seamless automation and as well as a waterproof outdoor TV there’s a dedicated cinema room within the pool house again with different mood settings to manage the integrated window treatments, lighting and audio.

Beds and Baths

Back inside and heading upstairs, the bedrooms and bathrooms are controlled via another in wall touchpanel if the tablet or smartphone aren’t to hand. Here you can programme your system to disable WiFi in particular zones at particular times, a useful means of disarming teens from their late digital social activities or maybe set up a camera in the nursery to ensure you can always see your precious little ones are safe and well. Again you can create scenes for each room depending on your mood, a simple alarm call will open the curtains/blinds, lights on and favourite TV/Radio breakfast show springs into life. The TV rises from an Ottoman at the foot of the bed and rotates to where you’re viewing from and of course the en-suite has the same audio, lighting and waterproof TV treatment. At the end of the day a simple voice control “Good Night” will shut down the systems and set the intruder alarm ready for a good night’s sleep.

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It is with great pleasure that I write to endorse the amazing services of Element 29.

Tom recently assisted a client of mine with an audio/visual problem in his home. The reason why this event is so extraordinary is because of both the patience Tom displayed in helping my client sort out the problem, as well as the additional efforts he took to make my client’s life easier.

Tom visited my client’s residence on several occasions, making sure that the system worked properly. He also agreed to spend time helping my client and his wife sort out their other electronic devices. My client is 77, and this offer and the patience Tom has demonstrated amazed him, and my client continues to rave about the service he has received.

For the record I would say that element 29 have recently completed two projects with us both for high net worth clients for cinema rooms that were created. You have also assisted on the removal , reinstatement and upgrading another clients property, the client a prominent CEO was very impressed with your knowledge, straight talking and recommendations.

Element 29 are currently working with us on two large basement projects in Kingswood and Walton, both damaged by water ingress during the floods. The service levels again have been great, with great care taken to enable the clients to retain the coms rooms and services, and finding a solution to work around construction restraints.

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