The Lake House, a three storey second home, is the client’s main get-away destination for the family and their guests. The most striking aspect of this property is its location and one side of the house features floor to ceiling window with stunning views of the lake. The client brief was to design an AV and lighting automation system with a high quality finish that would balance well with the high spec interior design and not detract from the spectacular views. Due to the volume of floor space and natural light available, there was a significant challenge posed to the AV design, automated lighting design and window treatment.
The large rooms and open plan layout of the living areas required a powerful audio system with numerous speaker points, as the client wanted to fill the space with sound. The ample floor space also required a demanding lighting design that the client wanted to control remotely. The floor to ceiling windows necessitated a complex window treatment to control the amount of light coming in when the Television is in use. The challenge was to arrange the controls in a straightforward method for the client and to control and integrate these elements with the whole system.
The client wanted to feel like they’re on holiday the minute they arrived – a panel on the front door allowed them to set pre-selected lighting and AV scenes with the touch of a button. The home is also used by clients’ friends and family, therefore the client requested an interface that is user-friendly and a system that is easy to use. Owing to remote location of the home, the system had to be designed with independent (non-internet) services as a fall back in case of poor internet coverage. The rack design for the AV and lighting system needed to be as efficient as possible, as there was limited space to house it.