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  • Tom Clarkson

Bespoke SMART Home Built in Cambridgeshire

Updated: May 24, 2023

Our client had spent years planning this dream self build home, knowing exactly what he did and didn't want. On the essentials list was home automation, enabling him and his family to control a variety of home functions and features through a variety of SMART screen access points placed strategically around the house.

With a clear vision of the end result, he came to Optimum Electrics to bring this vision to life and we were delighted to take on the challenge, finding solutions to achieve this ambitious homeowner's dream.

Remote Controlled Services

Once the architectural plans were drawn up and the building started, a professional lighting designer was brought on board to create something that, whilst functional, also lived up to the high-end feel of this modern family home.

Our team of specialists conducted a home automation survey to specify several control panels situated around the house to enable them to control everything remotely, from the lighting and curtains to the heating, sound system and cinema room.

Following the homeowner's vision for his home's functionality and aesthetics, our team were able to advise on a number of solutions making use of the latest technology and products. Control4 was the chosen automation and networking system to seamlessly control all connected devices.

As professional electricians, we view projects from a different perspective to design specialists as we have to consider the practical integration with all the other services in a building, as well as thinking about what might be needed in the future.

The lighting designer had completed a superb design, however we were also looking at options that would work with the other services. The home also included <CAT 5> wiring for all the information technology applications, the fire and security alarm systems, cameras, sound systems as well as the audio visual channels all of which had to be installed so that nothing interfered with anything else.

When the time came to start installing the wiring for the lighting it became clear that there were a number of elements from the lighting design that wouldn’t work effectively or would interfere with other elements of the home, so we were asked to review the design.

Substantial Savings Without Compromise

The plans we drew up for changes suggested several different options and solutions and in doing so were able to reduce the original lighting quote from £37,000 to £15,000 without any noticeable loss of quality or effect.

When finished, the clients home was spectacular, a real show piece in so many respects. Since moving in to his new home our client has asked us back to add extra power supplies, outside lighting and speakers for the new outside living areas. It was a straightforward task without issues and with minimal disruption as we knew the entire layout of the house and had planned for all eventualities.

As, from an electrical perspective, we had future proofed it as far as was possible, it was simpler and far more cost effective than having to retrofit services had they not been specified and included during the build, and of course there was no damage as nothing had to be ‘ripped out’ or moved. The homeowner now has a beautiful, high tech SMART home, that he can control in a variety of ways, with everything working perfectly and situated to give exactly the effect he and his family always wanted. The project came in on time and below budget, even including the addition of several improvements and upgrades.

If you’re considering a SMART home, give us a call we’ll be happy to offer advice and guidance.

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