This development of eight apartments is in a highly sought-after location in the town of Henley-on-Thames, known as a hotspot for Londoners wanting to escape the city and enjoy life alongside the river in the midst of the Chiltern countryside. To compete in the local property market, these high-spec apartments needed to offer luxurious living, and the developer brought Smartworks on board to design and install integrated, secure and future-proof home automation systems to serve each flat.
We became involved in this project at an early stage and were able to design smart home technology into the building prior to first fix. We worked with the developer and other contractors to install the necessary cabling, cabinets, fixtures and fittings to provide full (and future-proof) smart home functionality. This included communal areas and services (eg an electronic entry and video intercom system serving the whole building, and security keyfobs and keypads to enable access to the private car park). We commissioned the equipment prior to the first residents moving in. We then met with the new owners to explain their system, and provided them with reference information and our contact details.
Some owners specified upgrades to the system prior to moving in, such as choosing 'brushed copper' switches instead of plain white ones. We sourced these from , which provides stylish accessories specifically designed to integrate with smart home technology. Click to read more about our collaboration with Faradite. We also offered motorised blinds as an optional extra, and have supplied and installed these (from our partner, ) at one of the first properties to be occupied.
We used the automation system to provide smart home functionality across the entire building (including video entry). The system provides intuitive control of lighting, heating, security, multimedia, shading, energy management and more. It can be programmed to perform tasks automatically (either to a timed routine or dependent on information from sensors) to provide a seamless in-home experience. It's easy to control every element of your environment through the Loxone app or wall switches.