The impressive install includes a show-stopping integrated lighting system with over 250 circuits, motorised window treatments for large floor to ceiling glazing in most rooms, a high-performance AV system, a statement loudspeaker system for the main lounge, two focused media spaces, and intuitive yet discreet control. It also includes a virtual skylight to add the feeling of natural light into an area of the home that felt too dark – one of only two to be installed in UK residences at the time of install. A comprehensive cable infrastructure ensures the property is as future-ready as possible.
The property features a large number of motorised blind and curtain systems in all rooms. SONA worked hand-in-hand with the main contractor to develop an approach where all blinds were installed in recessed sections of the ceilings, with colour matched cover plates. Where the curtain tracks were fitted into plaster-in profiles, the track sits completely flush with the ceiling finish. Even though the blinds and curtains cover extremely large windows, you don’t notice the blinds or tracks themselves.
An amazing ‘dancing’ water feature on the main patio area is also controlled so the client can select feature sequences. The entire property features underfloor heating control, with towel radiator circuits in the en-suite bathrooms. To maintain the desired aesthetic throughout, we specified a system using in-floor and very discreet flush in-wall temperature sensors, reporting back to central thermostats and manifold controllers.
Setting the tone
The aim of every one of SONA’s projects is to enhance the living space. While tech adds value and convenience, we ultimately want to improve our clients’ lives – which is just what we managed to achieve with this luxury integrated home.
Having worked with this client on two previous homes, we had a clear vision of exactly what they’d need. We held preliminary meetings to discuss their goals, both in terms of aesthetic and performance.
Every client’s need is different. They may want better security, more intuitive tech, or simply a space to entertain. With this client, we identified five key needs:
- A simple, discreet operating platform
- A lighting system that was both open-plan and intimate
- Floor to ceiling glazing with motorised window treatments
- An artificial skylight
- Full integration across all systems in and outdoors.
We benefitted from a contemporary architectural design, featuring a coffered ceiling that could accommodate white and colour change lighting. We needed it to be open and airy, but also cosy when required.
It was imperative that all systems were discreet and intuitive. We based our installation decisions on high-performance, non-intrusive technology.