Lyme is a very special family home, built alongside three other outstanding properties within an exclusive gated development in the heart of Cheshire. The 12,175 sq. ft. of living space, complete with library, leisure suite, gym and a media room, creates the feeling of unparalleled luxury. This is the largest of the four new homes; all of which are kitted out with Crestron lifestyle technology that enhances every aspect of modern life.
The client’s initial brief to local smart home specialist Niche Audio Visual was to produce a state of the art smart home that encompassed among other things audio visual, lighting control, heating, air conditioning and blind control. The client was extremely enthusiastic in regards to the AV and entertainment elements of the system design, however they also wanted assurance that elements of the system that would normally sit in the background, during day to day living, were both simple to interact with and worked collectively, ensuring the house was easy to live in.
The solution; a stunning Crestron management system, delivering TV and video to 24 zones in the property, 40 zones of audio as well as 25 zones of HVAC control and lighting control.
The system also allows the residents to control their intruder alarm, blinds, gates and intercoms, swimming pool water features, active glass (in the bathroom) and heated towel rails Music, movies and TV can be watched from UK satellite TV, Apple TV, a Blu-ray player and a Kaleidescape movie and music server whilst foreign satellite services are also available in 24 zones around the house.
The homeowner loves the experience living at Lyme provides: “The system is awesome and the technology is cutting edge and very easy to use, definitely worth the money as we will use it all the time. We are happy to speak to any prospective clients with a recommendation and have them come and take a look.”
The home cinema room is stunning: controlled and managed by the uncomplicated Crestron system, the impressive full basement entertainment suite is home to a 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos home cinema, a games room, party room, arcade machine room, outdoor bar and kitchen – and a split indoor and outdoor swimming pool that has a motorised boom to combine the two pools into one when the client wants to have a mixed indoor/outdoor experience.
Crestron Sonnex was chosen to manage the 40 zones of audio and a number of rooms with a 2.1 speaker layout. The ability to modify the crossover and EQ of each of the Sonnex’s outputs and buss these together, plus the ease of scalability of the Sonnex system when dealing with such a large system, made its choice an easy one.
Crestron temperature and humidity sensors control both the under floor heating and Mitsubishi air conditioning equipment with measurements being taken at 25 locations around the house. Additional separate control and scheduling for both hot water services and bathroom towel rails, provides the client with an extremely comprehensive HVAC system.
The programmes running on the Crestron processors provide the client with access to a number of options and scheduling that in some installations would only be adjusted at programming level. This means reduced servicing costs in the future for amendments to the system. For example, when controlling over 40 automated blinds, the client can adjust the scheduled time these automatically open and close, they can also opt a specific room in and out of the schedule, allowing for manual control only.
“The whole team at Niche Audio Visual enjoyed working on this amazing project and we think the end results speak for themselves. By proposing products such as Crestron Sonnex and Crestron DigitalMedia™, we had the confidence in the products we specified and this, along with the enthusiasm from our client to embrace home technology, enabled us to deliver a system that is simple and intuitive to use and that pushes the boundaries of smart home installation” comments Richard Mather, Director of Niche Audio Visual.
As only one of four properties in this exclusive high end development, the home is truly unique. With a concierge and security team available 24/7 this home gives families the real VIP experience.
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