5 BEDROOM, THREE BATHROOMS, STEAM ROOM, CINEMA ROOM – NEW BUILD HOUSE IN WALTHAMSTOW, EAST LONDON
The brief; Complete control of Lighting , 16 Zones of UFH heating, Music in every room, Intercom, Access, Alarm, A home network with access points in every room.Virgin Tv and CCTV to be distributed to every tv in the house . 12 Lighting circuits in garden, electric gates. To be fully controlled though Loxone.
The underfloor heating zones were arranged over 3 floors with Loxone controlling manifold pumps on each floor plus using the Loxone actuator trees for control of flow temperatures.
The client wanted pendent lighting and 5 amp lighting circuits in each room with several socket positions to have maximum flexibility for the positioning of lamps. The bathrooms to have warm white led strips as a lighting feature as well as down lights.
The Loxone touch switch was used throughout the property enabling full control of lighting scenes, audio and blinds. Also using the built in temperature sensors for control of the UFH. The house also has a heat recovery system installed so the touch switches also enabled monitoring of humidity levels.
The Loxone ceiling speakers were used for most of the house and the Loxone music server with the 12 channel amp were used to distribute audio around the house. Each bedroom was wired for the flexibility of having a TV with a 2.1 surround system should it be required in the future. The home cinema room was wired to accommodate a 5.1 surround sound system, a projector on an electric lift so it could recess into the ceiling. All the audio hardware was placed out of sight in the plant room. An HD Anywhere 4K matrix was used for the distribution of the media sources to all the TVs.
The alarm system used internal key fobs for its operation, using the leds of the reader to display it’s status. These readers were placed by the front door, the back door and on the first floor so that the alarm could also be easily armed and disarmed from a convenient location. In the event of a break in the alarm will be sounded in every room in the house through the music server and notifications to their mobile phones.
The client also wanted to have a wired network with network points all around the house with a patch system and network switch. This was wired in Cat 6 but the cable for the automation was all wired in Cat 7. We employed a patch system so any rooms requiring the internet could be simply patched in.
The Loxone intercom was also installed so that the clients were able to see who is at the door, and speak to them wherever they are using their mobile phones, the door bell would then be played over the music server to each room in the house. The intercom provides a live picture of the front door at all times and also takes a snap shot of all the visitors, this is then available for view on the app
The project also is to extend to the workshop and a comprehensive garden lighting set up. Several runs of multicore cable were run in ducting to the front side and back garden and to the workshop from the plant room so we could extend the Loxone installation to the workshop which will automate the doors and electric gates and the garden watering system.
4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, SELF CONTAINED ANNEXE WITH ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM. SOUTH WOODFORD, EAST LONDON
The brief; complete control of lighting, 14 zones of underfloor heating, Access control, audio in every room, electric blinds and electric skylights, energy management and monitoring of the annexe. Home office network and the infrastructure for a distributed tv and multi room audio.
The clients major concern is to maintain a constant environment during the hot summer months and the cold winter months in the newly built annexe as it would be used for a family member who unfortunately is suffering from dementia. It is also important for the various carers to be able to let themselves into the property, this was achieved through the nfc touch, this enabled the clients to give different access codes to the carers and grant access at particular times of the day or night. They are also able to check that the carers have arrived. With the underfloor heating and secondary source of plinth heaters, in combination with electric skylights, electric blinds and an air conditioning unit, the Loxone system is able to maintain a constant temperature throughout the summer and winter months.
Hydronic plinth heaters and underfloor heating control was also a requirement for several of the other rooms as it would be very easy to quickly boost the temperature, where increasing the underfloor heating temperature would be relatively slow to achieve. The Loxone actuators were used for the manifolds and the actuator airs were used for the plinth heaters and towel radiators.
For the down-lighting throughout the house, the Loxone warm white spots were used as they provide a very nice bright feel, are directional and run on 24v dc, so very safe and economical to run. This was augmented by 5amp circuits in each room to give maximum flexibility for positioning of lamps, also all capable of being dimmed. There were also several other lighting types used from bookcase lighting to coloured Led strip lighting in the kitchen to give some really great lighting possibilities. In all there were in the region of 60 separate lighting circuits.
The clients opted for the Loxone touch switches for most of the rooms except where there was just the need for one switched circuit in the garage. This negates the need for thermostats in each room, but provided simple control of the blinds and of course the lighting scenes.
The clients also wanted to maximise the energy produced by the solar panels and wanted to ensure that the house uses every watt produced, so any excess energy produced will be diverted to the mega flow in order to heat the water.
The smoke and heat detectors are also integrated into Loxone and are set up to send push notifications to all of the clients mobile phones in the event of any of the detectors being triggered.
GRADE 2 LISTED, TWO BEDROOM AND TWO BATHROOM PENTHOUSE BY SADLERS WELLS, CENTRAL LONDON
The Brief; To install a Loxone Smart Home to control 8 zones of electric under floor heating, full control of lighting, access control, audio in each room and electric blinds. Installation of a home cinema.
One of the main prerequisites from the client was that he is able to let people have access to the flat when he is away on business in the far east. He also wanted to be able to keep an eye on the flat during these periods also to be able to make sure the heating is on when he returns and off when he was away.
The client is a great music lover and keen to have music in every room. So a Loxone music server was installed and Loxone speakers in most rooms. Due to the restraints in terms of space, maximising the use of the available space was very important and an electric projector screen was built into the shelving cabinetry that also doubled when rotated as a double bed. A 5.1 surround sound system was also installed in the main living area using Kef directional ceiling speakers and the Kef Cube sub. A motorised projector lift by Pure theatre was also installed making it almost invisible when raised. Al this of course integrated into the Loxone app.
Shading was an important consideration for the flat as it has large windows running down whole length of the flat so automatic shading can be used to maximise the solar gain and help reduce the heating bills. In the main living area venetian blinds were used, the Loxone system is able to detect if its sunny and adjust the slats to maximise the brightness but avoid direct sunlight if required.
The fan units in both the bathrooms are also controlled by Loxone and are switched on automatically when the humidity level is too high. But also with a manual boost in the app. if rquired
The main cabinet housing the Loxone panel had to be fitted into to a small space and thus fitted horizontally, this is a the great advantage of a modular din rail mounted automation system, a great space saver.
The fan units in both the bathrooms are also controlled by Loxone and are switched on automatically when the humidity level is too high.
GRADE 2 LISTED 2 BEDROOM FLAT DORSET SQUARE, MARYLEBONE, CENTRAL LONDON
The brief: To install a Loxone system to control 12 zones of Underfloor heating, Lighting control, access control, electric blinds, security.
The client did not want to go down the road of having down-lights in the large living/dining, hallways and bedroom areas but wanted to have led stip lighting fitted to the coving. However, the coving had to be in keeping with the period of the property, this meant that some bespoke coving had to be made in order for the led strips to be sufficently hidden. RGBW strips were used so that it would be possible to fine tune the warm white colour temperature of the strips depending on the time of day, this has been found to be a very important aspect of well being too.
In addition to the led strips, several 5 amp circuits have been installed for maximum flexibility of potential lighting positions, also wall lighting circuits were added to the main room, allowing several different lighting moods to be employed.
Lighting in the bathroom will be a combination of warm white LED strips , plinth lights, nook lighting, and five spots Loxone 24v individually addressable spots, these are highlighting different areas of the bathroom. They are wired using the new Loxone tree cable.
The ceiling in the kitchen is very low and concrete so very limiting in terms of what can be installed there so we are installing the new Loxone ceiling light, this lights an area of 25 square feet and also has a motion sensor built in so should work really well.
All the windows will be fitted with electric blinds and to are using Loxone’s shading actuator air’s for individual control, this saves considerably on wiring and also the number of extra relays required.
Access will be using the Loxone NFC tag this will enable the client to allow access for cleaners etc. and other guests, the door will have a motorised multi-point lock system so will be very secure, in fact the frame would give way before the lock. Access can be gained by simply holding an encrypted tag to the reader or punching in a code. Loxone will not not allow entry if the code is entered incorrectly several times. of course the app can notify you if this happens.
The client chose to use the elegant Loxone Touch Pure switches in white for control of the lighting scenes and blinds throughout.