North London Splendour

posted on Friday, 4th November 2011 by David Slater


North London Splendour

Once in a while an install will land in my inbox and stop me in my tracks; this North London install from Smartcomm is guilty as charged.

The owner of this newly built six bedroom property approached Smartcomm to help design and install a state-of-the-art AV system that would provide "all in one control from a centralised position."

Smartcomm's solution encompasses an array of hi-tech gadgetry all brought together via a versatile Crestron control system; forming a fully integrated home automation solution that's an absolute power-house behind the scenes -yet simple and family friendly at the front-end. Crestron control lies at the heart of the system and is featured throughout the property; including the swimming pool and gymnasium in the basement, the ground floor, first floor and second floor.

An incredible 280 circuits of lighting deliver artful illumination to every corner of the house and throughout the garden with presets catering to mood and occasion. Curtain and blind control adds extra refinement.

Security plays a big part within the scheme with a variety of entry systems that would deter even the most determined unwanted visitor. An audio visual gate entry system ensures that guests at the door are seen and heard on all touch panels before they are permitted entry. And if that wasn't enough, a Biometrics finger recognition entry system at the external gates, and within selected areas of the property, makes certain that only authorised visitors are permitted access.

The entertainment features of the system pack an equally impressive punch. Movies come to life in the effortlessly stylish Cinema Room. There's a 90inch motorised screen augmented by a 50inch plasma screen for day to day TV and SKY.

Adding additional enjoyment is a Kaleidescape system for the movie enthusiasts in the family, offering simplified content management and instant access on any display screen in the house. Both the Kaleidescape  and the lighting, curtains and blinds in the cinema room are controlled via a  Crestron TPS-6X 6inch Wi-Fi touch panel.

There's a variety of TV screens linked around the property, from  a 60inch plasma in the kitchen/family room and a matching 50inch model in the Lounge, to various other TVs in the dining room, study, all six bedrooms, kids playroom and Aquavision TVs in the bathrooms. And if that whopping choice of screens wasn't enough - there's even one in the outside BBQ area!

Music lovers in the family haven't been neglected either. An Audio Request multi-room audio system delivers music to every room in the house via a combination of B&W 8inch and 6inch in-ceiling loudspeakers.

The Leisure Complex in the basement - comprising of a magnificent heated swimming pool and gymnasium - also benefits from multi-room audio and Crestron DigitalMedia via B&W in-ceiling speakers and a 60inch plasma screen.

A combination of Crestron wall-mounted remote temperature sensors and remote slab sensors allow the Client to monitor and control the heating throughout the property, thereby keeping a lid on energy usage.

Kit List

Crestron whole house control
 Bowes & Wilkins speakers
 Lutron Lighting Control with Lutron QED blind control
 Panasonic & Pioneer HD Screens, Aquavision Screens in bathrooms
 Screen Research x mask screen
 Sherbourn Processor and Amplifier, Audyssey Sound EQ
 Bose-131 Speakers
 Cineversum Blackwing 3 Screen
 Triad speakers in cinema with Silver 4 Surrounds
 Bronze 6 In-wall Subwoofers with Bronze 8 LCR

Cost of project:£350,000

Project Duration:18 Months (accommodating building works)

A bit about Smartcomm...

Smartcomm is a UK based specialist Audio Visual, Communications & Controls Integration Company which has continually been at the forefront of the industry. We have years of experience in designing and installing solutions that seamlessly integrate the latest technologies into a wide range of environments, including corporate, retail, hotel, leisure and residential developments, to fulfil every possible requirement.


3 Barnes Wallis Court

Wellington Road

Cresses Business Park


HP12 3PS

Tel: 01494 471912


David Slater

David Slater started his writing career with SVI writing a popular column, he has also guested on publications like Home Cinema Choice and
Living North

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