Home Automation at Christmas Cottage

Filed under: CaseStudies,CaseStudies,CaseStudies,CaseStudies,Commercial,Contract,Production,Trade — Posted by Matthew Garnett on September 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Project:
42 fully automated internal roller blind systems to be integrated into the buildings Home Automation system control panel.

Site:
Christmas Cottage, Stockgrove Park, Leighton Buzzard.

Sector:
Contract won through trade partner client.

Description:
James Robertshaw was contacted through a trade partner after receiving a tender to manufacture, install and commission 42 x automated internal roller blind systems in a state of the art domestic new build home. The standard Somfy automation systems James Robertshaw manufacture, were specified as the contractors preferred motor of choice. The brief instructed that each automated blind was to be mains-wired with LS40 motors on a System 40 barrel and connected through 14 x Moco 220-240V A/C motor control boxes into the Lutron home automation system control panel, already installed by others. Each blind was specified to operate individually in each room, via a wall mounted switch. The new Smoove Pure wireless, wall-mounted switch range from Somfy was the preferred option.

Working closely with the architect and design engineers all blinds were to be installed into the ceiling’s purpose built recess, along with the cables to power them. All rooms were installed with floor to ceiling glazing with the end user’s brief stating that no wires or blinds were to be seen, unless operated or drawn. Combined with the architect’s concise instructions that the blinds required to be hidden unless operated, the fabric also had to be blackout, in a white material to match the colours of the walls and ceiling. Louvolite’s Nocturne Cream material was chosen due to its shading co-efficient materials, combined with its flame retardant properties and black out strengths. Total cassette blackout was deemed non appropriate due to the side rails permanently on show.

What Is Home Automation?
Home automation gives you control over the technology in your home via a central, and often wall-mounted, control panel, remote switch or your smart phone. You can control the temperature in your house, blinds, awnings, curtains, lighting, music, internet, television and home cinema at the touch of a button, without having to walk from room to room. You can also use it to work your security settings. The systems are designed for non-technical users and they make for a rather impressive dinner party feature! The benefit of planning from the early stages is that you can conceal cables and systems around your décor. Once it’s set up, the only technical issue you’ll have is fighting over the control…

For further infomation on both domestic and commercial blind manufacture, please contact the sales team.

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