Is there such a thing as the average modern family? It's hard to know: while you can look at any number of criteria that might shape the family model or their lifestyle requirements – such as ages, activities and professions – it's another matter to find a family that lands in the central band of all of them.
In any event, here's a modern smarthome home in Belgium that has been tailored to the specific needs of a professional couple’s young family and business – and thanks to the control solutions inside, it is far from average.
The front of the this stunning property houses the office space, which is shielded from the adjoining roads; to the rear is the secluded family space, complete with full Crestron home automation for comfort and integrated luxury.
Leuven-based integrator Verbinnen Audio Video Projects was charged with expanding upon the existing AV installation to incorporate the latest Crestron whole-home technologies. After close consultation with the family this was to include the manufacturers' DigitalMedia operating platform and multi-room audio distribution systems, as well as touchscreens for future-proofed and intuitive operation.
@page_break@The building's exterior finish is of very high quality, with the materials having been formed specifically to fit the dimensions of the structure. The owners were keen to maintain this level of engineering and bespoke design to the AV installation inside the property. And as they work in automation and computer science, they were exacting in their desire for the optimum smarthome setup.
The family spends much time in their television room, where an the ample Loewe flatscreen has been installed. When someone arrives at the front door, the TV can additionally display the front-door security camera image. Via the audio distribution system, the family can access music across the entire property using wall-mounted docking stations or Crestron touchscreens.
The two pool areas offer a real wow factor; the outdoor pool boasts integrated music control, poolside ornaments and large sunscreens, and the inside pool its own bar. A touchscreen next to the bar allows family and guests to adjust light levels, music, video feeds and all other aspects of the integrated AV systems.
The kitchen is also integrated on to the DigitalMedia backbone with its own AV feed, Bowers & Wilkins speakers and iPod docking station. Along with those in other rooms in the house, the kitchen blinds and curtains are also controlled via touchscreens.
The Crestron controls also allow for scene setting, with control of sight and sun screens and wall lighting. Through the combination of these controls and the option of adjusting blinds and lighting, this system represents not just labour-saving qualities but allows a significant saving on energy consumption too.
The master bedroom combines the best in luxurious smarthome technology with understated cool. For example, a flat screen television mounted to a pole rises from a wall-mounted closet which hides the cabling from view.
Omnipresent but discreetly managed and hidden from view, the technology works with the building and for the owners. Installed equipment:
AudioB&W ASW610 subwoofer B&W CCM682, CCM683, CCM684 in-wall speakers Bose 251 outdoor speakers Bose Freespace 51 outdoor speakers Bose Lifestyle 48 home theatre system Crestron Adagio audio expander Crestron Cat5 balanced audio receiver NAD C245BEE amplifier
Loewe Art 37 SL Full HD TV Loewe Connect 26 LED TV (ceiling mounted) Loewe Individual 32 Selection TV Loewe Individual 55 Compose LED TV Loewe Screen Lift Plus
Crestron wall-mounted LCD controllers Crestron wall-mounted interface for Apple iPod Crestron 8x8 DigitalMedia switcher Crestron DigitalMedia room controller & DM CAT receiver Crestron 2.8in handheld WiFi touchpanel
Crestron 5.7in wireless touchpanels (wall-mounted and handheld)