Connected living

By Jo Weaden
January 30, 2020

This Ladbroke Grove end-of-terrace property includes three above-ground floors and two basement levels. The new build features a 5.1 surround sound home cinema and a comprehensive technology solution.

London-based design and property developer Landmass created the deceptively large, five-bedroom Notting Hill house.

“At Landmass, we concentrate on how to use the space and light,” says Alan Waxman, managing director at Landmass.

“We spent an enormous amount of time planning space and volume in this home to maximise the feeling of elegance, serenity and sophistication that would appeal to the mindset of the potential buyer,” adds Waxman.

It enlisted the services of CEDIA member Living Home Tech to design and install the technology within the property, connecting and controlling each of the systems with a simple-to-use result.

“The range and the quality of the technology solution we have specified is perfectly synchronised with this thinking and proved an integral part of the property’s appeal,” remarks Waxman.

The high-tech home starts with an impressive entrance – as soon as the front gate is opened, all front wall lights and low-level pathway lights are illuminated and an email is sent to the owner’s inbox informing them the gate has been activated.

A vandal-proof CCTV system displays pictures from the cameras onto the touch screens and on all HD TVs within the house.

The front door opens into an open-plan living area, expanding into a double-height void that overlooks the angular walled lit garden to the rear.

“I have an 11-second rule,” Waxman explains. “That’s all the time I have to make people comfortable with my product after they’ve walked through the front door. First impressions are very important for both people and properties.”

The rest of the property features fully integrated lighting and blind control, combined with whole home audio and multiple TVs using distributed content from multiple sources, a home cinema, heating and air-condition control, all brought together on a Control4 platform for an easy and intuitive operation.

All lighting is touch controlled, with pre-set scenes able to be quickly selected. Music can be accessed from anywhere in the house and fed into one of the twelve rooms through discreetly positioned in-ceiling speakers.

“Elegance and simplicity is what we set out to achieve for this home and its owner – and that, with our design vision and with extra help from the technology – is precisely what we have accomplished,” says Waxman.