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Oxfordshire Smart House

Oxfordshire Smart House

Crestron set out to create an intuitive, multi-functional media room that could be used as an immersive home cinema, living room or study area in this countryside retreat. 

Set in the tranquil Oxfordshire countryside, this stunning retreat is the perfect place to escape from the city and relax with friends or family. The property developer wanted to create a modern family home using the latest technology to attract affluent buyers. To achieve this, they decided on a flexible space that could serve as a home cinema, family room and study area all at the touch of a button. 

Integration expert Inspired Dwellings were tasked with delivering a comprehensive automation solution, that would connect and manage all the technology within the property, focusing on the media room and they chose Crestron. 

“Due to the technical requirements of this house, we had to use a high performance system that would be able to accommodate the client’s needs, and Crestron was top of the list, says Rob Sutherland, MD & Co-Founder of Inspired Dwellings. Crestron has helped us to create a flexible living space that is easily adjusted to suit a multitude of functions and it’s a great selling point for the developer.”

The multipurpose family space is the focal point  of this property, designed as an area that could be used to entertain with a bar, media room, vintage gaming tables, comfy sofas, and also an additional study space.  By integrating audio, video, lighting and shades it offers flexibility to the family, enabling children to watch movies while the adults can log-on and catch up on work in the study area nearby. 

In the media room, Inspired Dwellings installed a high-end 4K projector, speaker system and six zones of audio to deliver the experience of a home cinema, all controlled by Crestron touchscreens and remotes. A Crestron control system was installed to achieve this adaptable media room space, which includes all six audio zones, different shades of lighting, alongside a CCTV system all controlled via Crestron touch screens to provide peace of mind for the future owner of this remote property. 

The room features large bay windows, which could disrupt viewing so automated blinds were installed and connected to the Crestron system, to enable them to be closed at the touch-of-a-button, when the cinema was in use. Pre-set lighting and AV schemes were programmed into customised Crestron touch screens, for easy-to-use control for all the family. For example, selecting ‘movie’ can dim the lights, close the blinds and turn the AV onto movie-watching mode, or choose ‘Saturday Morning’ can open the blinds and launch the weekend playlist. 

Due to the remote location and high specification of this property the developer decided security was a key design factor. The Crestron system controls four CCTV cameras and for added security, a gate entry system. Cameras from the system feed directly to the Crestron touch screens, providing a clear picture of who is at the front gate even when they are upstairs or in the media room. The homeowners can also get access to the Crestron system on their smart phone via Crestron’s automation app Pyng.  This app allows them to view the CCTV, get alerts when someone is at the front door, or even operate and manage their AV sources, blinds and lighting when they are away from home for additional peace of mind. 

To learn more about Crestron’s market leading automation technology and how it can be employed within both a commercial and residential environment visit http://www.crestron.com.  Alternatively, to get hands on with Crestron home automation technology, visit its state-of-the-art London showroomon the second floor of the South Dome at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. 

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