A week in the world of E29, a home automation company
We decided to change our approach on the blog and talk about the average week at Element 29, home automation experts. Last week was as varied as ever; we commissioned a family house in Epsom, rescued a house from an explosion of cables and upgraded a CCTV system, here’s how.
Home cinema, more video, Wi-Fi and audio at a family home in Epsom
The original enquiry came about last February from a family wanting a home cinema, audio, video and Wi-Fi systems throughout their home as part of a home renovation. And last week the project came to completion. We had an initial consultation with the client, mapping out what they wanted, what would work best and what would suit them, their needs and their budget. With this information in hand we were able to produce a quotation and scope of works for the client to consider.
With our quotation approved the next step was to produce the design documentation to help the onsite build team understand what was required; from installing cables, to preparing openings for speaker installation and reinforcing walls to support a TV installation.
Element 29’s onsite works run throughout projects like this, terminating sockets, fitting speakers, running cables, building the audio visual rack and generally trying to concealing the technology where possible, in this case, the basement.
The home cinema room in the basement was a 5.1 surround sound system comprising of Bowers & Wilkins CWM Cinema 7 in wall speakers and a ASW610XP subwoofer with a 77 inch Samsung screen dealing with the video side of the system. Upstairs was a smaller screen connected to a Sonos Playbar. Both areas are connected to a Denon audio video receiver allowing shared video sources such as Apple TV and X-Box to be viewed on both screens.
Control of the systems in these areas was simplified with the installation of a Control-4 SR260 remote control allowing the client to control all the devices, at the touch of a button from one single remote control.
Wi-Fi coverage throughout the home is always a minimum with our installations and it was no different on this project. Further audio zones were added in the kitchen, dining and garden areas through Sonos and the icing on the cake was integrating the Control4 system with Amazon Echo. Now the client can ask Alexa to turn on the TV!
Elsewhere in London, a CCTV upgrade
Meanwhile other members of the team had a request to upgrade a CCTV system in a home in Richmond, South West London. The home owners travelled frequently and so wanted a CCTV system they could monitor in the house and importantly whilst they were away. Their current system didn’t allow this reliably and so armed with some Lilin cameras and an NVR (network video recorder) we set to work removing the old and in with the new. Home or away, this client now has instant access to the CCTV in their home.
Finally – spaghetti junction of cables
Our last job of note this week was was dealing with the nitty gritty of our type of installs, the backbone of any system, cabling! 50+ audio visual related cables hanging from the corner of a utility room ceiling. Installed by the electrical contractor the client needed a company to tame the beast and terminate the cables. So we rolled up our sleeves and got on with restoring relative calm and serenity into the room.
Now all the cables are terminated into a distribution panel, tested, labelled and ready for connecting to any of the clients audio visual equipment.
If you have a project in your home or business, why not get in touch and we can tell you how we can help.