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SMC Smart Homes project


As well as a love for music, our client has a passion and flair for design. This meant that the audio and technology, with the exception of audio in one room, was to be discreetly coordinated with the interior décor.

The client wanted the functionality and convenience of a sophisticated integrated system, but without the complex controls; with this in mind we introduced them to Meljac. The beautifully designed, brass switch plates interface with the motorised blind and dimming systems from Lutron giving the best of both worlds – beautiful keypads, yet simple control. The Meljac collection, including switches and reading lamps, was also chosen as it offers a range of finishes that matched other fittings throughout the house.

The Lutron HomeWorks QS  system gives a number of ways to set different lighting scenes across different rooms using both the room’s artificial and natural light. Motorised window treatments have been installed in each room of the property, with up to three treatments – roller blinds, roman blinds and curtains – on each window to provide privacy, UV protection and blackout. All lighting and window treatments are controlled by custom, engraved Meljac switches, interfacing with the Lutron HomeWorks QS system, providing a unique solution to describe their functionality and making them more intuitive to use. ⠀

Being a music lover, the system was required to support various input sources from vinyl and CDs to Sonos and required an easy means of switching between them.

In the dedicated music room, Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3 speakers were selected for their small size, excellent resolution and clarity, and attractive aesthetic. Audio throughout the rest of the house is played through Bower &Wilkins CCM683 in-ceiling speakers and Artcoustic SL Diablo which are RAL matched to discreetly blend in with the interior. Externally Bowers & Wilkins AM1 speakers were installed and linked to the main property’s control system, as were the external lights. Sony 4K OLED TV’s were required throughout and the audio-visual systems are controlled via Savant.

The security and access solution includes external BPT video entry panels providing access control, Samsung CCTV cameras that discretely cover all outdoor spaces and Texecom alarm coverage.