A stunning new 'second home' with intelligent, integrated AV, lighting and security, has been recognised by the industry trade association CEDIA in the 2013 awards. The judges described Sensory International's installation, which was highly commended in the Best Integrated Home over £250,000 category, as "a stunning system with impressive security features".

The client was building a luxury retreat, close to Gleneagles in Perthshire, where he could disappear to relax. Sensory International was initially briefed to design and create an audio and visual distribution system.  However, after viewing the installer's showroom, and seeing the potential of home automation systems, the project was extended to include integrated external/internal lighting, blinds and a security system. A key aspect of this project was ensuring that the equipment 'vanished' into the beautiful decor.

Sensory International decided that the project should be split into two phases; structured cable design and lighting followed by the main AV and control systems. A comprehensive cabling infrastructure was designed, based on Cat5e, not only to provide adequate support for the proposed systems but also to accommodate any future expansions and upgrades.

A complex lighting scheme was created to enhance the property and complement the décor‎. To achieve the desired effects, Sensory International recommended a Lutron HomeWorks lighting system. Centralised dimming panels provide control of multiple zones of light in a room or throughout a specific area from a single keypad.

As a second home, security is a key concern for the client. The extensive security system includes door access, automated gates with perimeter CCTV cameras, and intruder protection.  The installer designed a number of ‘hidden features’ such as the alarm access fobs being concealed behind brick faces. As part of the overall security, the lighting and blinds can be programmed to turn on/off or open/close at specific times of the day.

Crestron has been selected as the main control and integration system with iPads as the access device. The Crestron Mobile Pro app turns the Apple tablets into a virtual Crestron touch screen which allows the owner to control any of the integrated systems from anywhere in the world.  This is a particularly useful feature in terms of monitoring security at the property.  The Lutron lighting keypads also provide simple on/off and volume control.

With such demanding requirements to hide almost all equipment, the installer chose to use Artcoustic speakers throughout the property including discreet placement of in-ceiling units in some rooms. Most of the large television panels are hidden behind specially designed mirrored screens.

The client's verdict is that it is "a very useable integrated system" and he is particularly impressed with the security features which give him peace of mind, wherever he is.

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