Buckinghamshire Country Retreat - Smart Home Installation

Project Description

Location:   The Chilterns, Buckinghamshire
Project Time Table:   21 Days Over 24 Months
Year Completed:   2017
Value:    £65,000 – £70,000
Commision:   Property Owner

This was once the site of a dilapidated farmhouse in desperate need of redevelopment. After much deliberation and wrangling with local planning, this property got a makeover and expansion which took 2 years to complete.

Finita joined the project early on which was good because it provided us with time to adapt to the clients changing requirements over the course of the build.

The Challenges

The clients appreciated that they needed help but were unclear about exactly what they wanted. Initially, we shared some ideas and carried the favourites through to a proposal which was accepted. We began working on the brief by supplying the necessary cable to meet the specification.

Over the course of the project, the client’s requirements changed as they expressed an interest in adding more control to the property which was to become there country retreat from the city on the weekends. Consequently, remote access became very high on their list of priorities and we had to adapt accordingly adding heating and lighting control. Fortunately, we plan all our installations with expansion in mind so the expanded client brief was easy to accommodate.

Buckinghamshire Country Retreat Wine Tasting room
Buckinghamshire Country Retreat Entertainment/Media Room
Buckinghamshire Country Retreat

Project Details

This residence incorporates the following features

  • An Active Wireless MESH network comprising multiple access points for internet connectivity across the whole residence
  • Multi-room music & radio in 11 spaces/rooms including outside
  • Tablet, smartphone and wand remotes for convenient control of the whole home
  • Invisible speakers in the media room, master bedroom, ensuite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe a for clean look
  • Centralised entertainment declutters the rooms of equipment
  • 4K audiovisual multi-room distribution. 7 televisions have access to Sky+HD, Blu-ray, AppleTV and Freeview
  • Mood & Control lighting solution from Rako Lighting adds control and security
  • A whole-home control platform from ELAN Home Systems

We used a mixture of in-ceiling speakers from Niles Audio and Sonance Invisible series speakers all driven from an ELAN audio matrix amplifier combined with a Sonance DSP Amplifier for use with the invisible speakers.

Managing the Entertainment
The whole home is controlled via an ELAN Home Systems controller. Its capable of managing the lights, heating and entertainment from a single smartphone app. A music & radio streaming service was introduced by repurposing two SONOS Connects and adding some AppleTV’s for additional Air-to-play services.

Whole Home WiFi
Being as the property was far enough away from its neighbours not to experience wireless interference we opted for a managed MESH network from Luxel networking.

Lighting Control
Top of the client’s agenda was convenience. British designed RAKO Lighting was employed throughout the property

The under-floor heating installed by the plumbers was tied back to Heatmiser control. It was a simple exercise to link the Heatmiser into the ELAN control interface and offer simple on/off temperature control.

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Why Choose Finita?

Because you want the best for you and your family

If you expect excellence FINITA is for you. From a large AV/Smart Home Control Project to mounting a Television you can be confident the finished solution will meet your expectations because each and every client is important. Our step-by-step project management and quality control process delivers great results every time and when the installation is complete you can relax in the knowledge that FINITA will be with you for the life of the product, not just the project. Our unparalleled customer service from beginning to end sets us apart from most other AV/Smart Home Installers.

Begin by considering what is the perfect solution for you and your family. What does it offer that you are missing right now? It might be faultless wireless connectivity throughout the house or outside entertainment to share with family and friends when the weather turns. Once you have some ideas, that is the time to get in touch for an informal chat by calling 01494 853450. If you’re not ready to talk yet you may prefer to send us a brief email or complete our contact form to ask for a bit more information.

When you are ready we can propose a solution for you to evaluate and discuss. At FINITA we believe it’s about making an informed decision so you can plan your next steps.

For a quality result let FINITA make the space where you spend your time a wonderful place to live.

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