multiple dwelling - wimbledon
The brief for this project was to provide a prewire design and lighting control system for 3 new build properties. We were initially introduced to the developer to discuss a tender process however after the initial meeting they felt that we had a very good understanding of what they wanted to achieve and awarded us the contract without having to compete against other integrators.
The main aim, as with most developers, was to achieve the maximum ‘bang for their buck’. They loved the idea of having the prestigious Crestron brand as the main sales point of the properties and we worked with them to ensure they had a system that could be tailored to the eventual homebuyers.
Once we had agreed the lighting design and equipment lists for each of the properties we offered a Crestron TPS-4L for the lounge and iPhone GUI free of charge. We felt that this would give the system additional wow factor for sales viewings but also demonstrate what was possible to the homebuyer and increase the chance of system upgrades one the properties had sold.
The developer understandably wanted to keep the lighting circuits to a minimum to reduce the costs of the Creston Equipment. We however felt it would be a shame to limit the number of circuits that the eventual homeowner would have, just because of the budgetary constraint of the developer. With this in mind we carried out the lighting design as we would for any new property but also made suggestions of the circuits that could be rationalized at the lighting control panel.
As a result, individual circuits were run and then many of these were combined into a single controlled circuit at the Crestron dimming modules. A good example of this would be a bedroom where we ran 4 or 5 circuits: One for each bedside lamp and then two or three for ceiling and wall lights. At the panel we rationalized these to a single bedside lamp circuit and a single ‘room’ circuit. We made allowances within the enclosures for the number of dimming packs that would be required if the end user wanted to separate these circuits. This kept the cost down for the developer but maintained the flexibility for the end user to pick and choose which circuits they wanted to operate individually. Another example is the eight circuits run for the stairs between each floor; four in wall lights and four low level step LED’s however they only occupied 2 controllable circuits.
We worked with the developer’s visual themes and imagery to create the interfaces and we also made programming allowances to change these for the homeowner once the properties had sold.
We tried to demonstrate some of the features of the Crestron system such as pathways to different rooms and also a ‘bedtime’ setting in what we decided would be children’s rooms. In the event that the children should have already gone to bed but the parents could see the lights were still on this feature would give the children a warning that it was time for bed. When activated the lights in the room would flash twice and then slowly fade down over 5 minutes.
The system was linked to the alarm panel and would trigger flashing lights if activated. To demonstrate this without having to set the alarm off, we created a panic button which allowed the user to toggle the ‘whole house flashing’ on or off. To switch off the flashing lights, the user has to tap the button quickly 5 times which would stop anyone unfamiliar with the system from disengaging it.
Each of the sales team was given an iPod touch which we set up with the Crestron app and could be used to demonstrate the features over Wi-Fi whilst on viewings. We gave a training day on how to use the app and how best to demonstrate the system to maximise all of the sales point.
We also helped the developer to produce their marketing brochures and ensured the full sales potential of the Crestron system was described.
The developer has been extremely happy with the work carried out to the properties and said that they have given them a big advantage in a competitive market at a tough time for the industry.
After the completion of the project we created a case study which has featured in two magazines of which we sent copies to the developer, this again helped boost the profile of the development and gave their properties an added desirability.
Since the completion of the project we have been introduced to the buyers of the two properties that have sold and tailored two systems to each buyer’s requirements. The home buyers have been really happy with the results and the structured wiring has allowed them to install the different systems they wanted with very little disruption. One has installed an 8 zone sonos system which was very sot effective whilst the other has gone for a more integrated Crestron system with few zones but more complexity. The careful planning of the structured wiring means we can easily accommodate any functionality or budget.