Lifestyle Advantages of the Latest Technology

    This beautiful house had been recently refurbished to the highest standard, ready for its new owners. All that was needed to perfect the property was the addition of latest smart home technology and security.

    Our clients wanted to be able to enjoy the lifestyle advantages that the latest technology brings, whilst preserving the aesthetics of their immaculately renovated home.

    Our brief was to seamlessly retro-fit a state-of-the-art security and smart home solution into this stunning residence, bringing it discreetly into the 21st century, for the enjoyment and convenience of its new owners.

    Our client’s family had recently moved from the US, so was used to smart technology being an integral part of their home. Not surprisingly, they wanted it for their newly refurbished home.

    Specifically, they required:

    • Home cinema with surround sound
    • Intelligent heating, lighting, and music throughout, including the garden and summer house
    • Gate automation with audio intercom
    • Mesh wireless intruder alarm
    • Full Wi-Fi coverage

    The brief was to install a fully integrated, intuitive system that would blend unobtrusively into the background, preserving the elegance of the new décor.


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    The Solution

    The results were the perfect combination of innovative technology, unobtrusively installed through the clever use of retro-fitting.
    Designing and then Installing a robust security system was the first stage of the project. The client needed the ability to control their security system from a smartphone or tablet and we ensured that this was possible. They had a Texacom mesh wireless intruder alarm, audio intercom, recordable HD-IP CCTV, and electric gates tailored to aesthetically match the property installed.
    Inside the family home, we needed to create a perfect, and easily adjustable, lighting system. A Lutron QS system was installed giving the family ‘mood’ lighting at the press of a button or via an app.
    To give flexible control of the heating throughout the house, a Honeywell Evohome System was retro-fitted to the existing boiler, radiators, and underfloor heating zones. This allows each room’s temperature to be individually set and gives the facility for remote management of the property’s heating.
    The owners are keen on their music and love a true ‘cinema experience’ at home. The ‘snug’ was converted into a small surround sound cinema room with a 55” Samsung curved LED screen, Artcoustic loudspeakers, Arcam Blu-Ray and AV receiver, Stream Movie Server, and a Control4 remote and processor. This technology all worked in concert to provide crystal-clear audio and a cinema-quality experience.
    To create an outstanding audio experience, we used a mixture of different technologies (including Sonos and Meridian equipment). This ensures the optimum result for each room and gives the ideal balance between sound-quality and neat installation. Taking this system outside, the summer house was equipped with 'in-ceiling' speakers and Lutron QS lighting, which was extended into the garden. We also installed two Sonance Landscape music systems with their discreet speakers concealed in the planting. The result? A barely visible system, with stunning lighting and sound, which is easy-to-control from anywhere.

    By selecting the right wireless technology, we devised a tailored scheme to deliver all of the family’s requirements and persevered the elegance of the newly restored property. The scheme was designed so that rewiring and disruption was kept to an absolute minimum.

    The outcome is an easy-to-use, secure smart home, all encased in a beautiful period property with technology that can be controlled from a smartphone or tablet – just what the owners wanted.

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    From the Client

    “Our introduction to Chris Lewis Smart Home involved their installation of security systems, but as a result of their workmanship I employed them to take on all my lighting and AV needs”

    “The team’s ideas to overcome challenges and their professionalism make them a great company to work with.”

    The Result

    Chris Lewis Smart Home successfully designed and installed a concealed media solution that is completely sympathetic to the aesthetics of this 16th century Oxfordshire cottage. The homeowners are delighted with how seamless the integration of technology is within their period property.

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