Case Studies

Inspiring Smart Home Solutions

Who we help

We work with lots of different clients servicing their visual control system requirements across Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Berkshire.

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Integrating smart home technology

Gloucestershire Home

VCS were invited by the owners to help create a dream country home, set in 130 acres of land incorporating a swimming pool, stables, tennis court, paddock, lake and loggia.

From inception we were involved in the design and creation of this stunning residence seamlessly integrating smart home technology throughout, whilst maintaining the sense of a family home, in-keeping with its’ local surroundings.

This property was designed and built with the scope to incorporate superior AV capabilities, outstanding lighting and security as well as a home cinema, all by VCS whilst future proofing these systems with the very latest technological thinking. The entire property is managed and controlled via the latest Control4 processors, remotes and mobile apps.

This property now boasts 10 Sony TV’s all of which are connected to a 4K video matrix. The family can choose to watch or listen with the touch of a button from their Control4 remote or smartphone. High-performance, Bowers & Wilkins in-ceiling and in-wall speakers in every room allow the family ultimate enjoyment of any taste in music. Our recommendation and installation of mirror TV’s in bedrooms, has also allowed for superb viewing conditions whilst preserving aesthetics and interior design.

The lighting and shading in any home can alter the atmosphere and function of space and in this particular project we were able to provide Lutron Homeworks with palladium glass switches throughout. Together with fully automated Lutron blinds and shades we were able to further enhance the appearance of this magnificent property from the inside and out. Pre-programmed lighting scenes, which can be activated from a remote device or wall plate with the Control4 app, permit the house to think for itself illuminating its’ special features; welcoming the family home and saving energy when rooms and spaces are left unoccupied.

Further to this energy-saving technology, VCS installed a fully-managed BMSheating system to meet all the heating and cooling requirements of this property. By incorporating heating and cooling controls within the Control4system VCS has improved the efficacy of their energy consumption throughout.

The home cinema inspired and created by VCS in partnership with Wisdom Audio is second to none. The innovative design provides an excellent viewing experience through Dolby Atmos cinematic surround sound, a 5-meter screen and the latest Sony laser 4K projector. Sound-deadening acoustic fabric was also installed to eliminate background noise and absorb sound for the ideal use of such a cinema sound system within a family home during the day or night.

On this particular project we worked closely with Nicholsons Garden Designteam to incorporate external lighting and an extensive Sonarray outdoor speaker system, giving the client the ability to have stereo sound throughout the entire garden layout without the need for excessive volume.

Entry to the grounds surrounding the estate has also been automated by VCS complete with Intercom, Automated gated, CCTV and ANPR Cameras managed by Control4. Touchscreens and the family’s mobile devices can now be used to access the gate control and the CCTV System providing peace of mind security both when at home and away.

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Lighting and AV system refurbishment

Northamptonshire Home

This modestly sized family home set in an idyllic Northamptonshire village required VCS to undertake an extensive refurbishment of the lighting and AV system to improve energy efficiency, home entertainment and simplicity of control. Firstly, VCS were required to install a smart lighting system to the new extended areas of the property whilst retrofitting a wireless lighting system to the original parts of the house, without the need to re-cable or create any significant disruption. This was successfully achieved via the integration of Control4’s panelised lighting and wireless system to create ambient lighting throughout.

Secondly, our clients wanted their new extension to have two functions; to act as both a garden room and fully integrated home cinema. This posed a series of challenges which VCS managed to successfully overcome with the installation of fully automated QMotion in-ceiling black out blinds, Lutron lighting. In addition, VCS supplied and installed an in-ceiling, electric, drop-down cinema screen and a high-definition, in-ceiling 4k projector with automated lift. Together with concealed in-wall Bowers & Wilkins speakers and subs, VCS has permitted the function of one room to alter entirely, simply at the touch of button.

VCS Outdoor Setup

Installing a modern media room

Warwickshire Home

This stunning listed building stands proud within a conservation area alongside Kenilworth Castle. VCS was asked to design a system that encapsulated both modern living and yet retained the old-world charm of its’ historic surroundings. One of the main challenges of this property was to produce a modern media room, this was achieved by installing a Triad custom soundbar to compliment the clients’ existing 75” TV. This allowed our client to choose the size, colour and style of their soundbar.

We also installed a Ruckus managed Wi-Fi system to ensure excellent internet coverage throughout the home and garden. Internet extended outside permitted the installation of a Sonarray Outdoor Speaker system sympathetic to the garden design. These speakers are unobtrusive by design and yet provide crisp, clear sound for the enjoyment of speech or music outdoors.

The property now also benefits from Lutron Lighting and Shading with seetouch switches throughout, following the installation of a Control4 systems by VCS. This enables seamless integration of all the smart home equipment giving the client effortless control both at home and away from the property.

Blinds and shading installation

Berkshire Home

VCS knows that each home requires its’ own bespoke system for optimal use, and this award-wining property is a perfect example. This spectacular, contemporary build required VCS to design and install blinds and shading would that provide both privacy and functionality; without obscuring the fabulous views of The Chilterns beyond. Working together with the shading, VCS also produced a lighting design to further enhance this property’s appearance and use through a Control4 panelised lighting system. An outdoor lighting and audio system also designed and installed by VCS sort to create an unrivalled outdoor living space.

This stunning, newly built property also boasts a breath-taking cinema room and yoga studio combined. VCS recommended a fully motorized drop-down screen and projector to allow the client, at the touch of the button, to change the use of the room from a cinema to a yoga studio.

As with many Smart Homes, this outstanding build is required to be energy efficient. In part, this was achieved by integrating a Heatmiser smart heating system to work in conjunction with Control4. This provides a cost-effective, easy-to-use control system that can also be operated remotely.

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Our Skills & Expertise

Visual Control Systems have over 50 years of experience. All engineers are fully trained and qualified in the following:

  • Diamond Control 4 Dealer
  • Registered Savant Installer
  • Home Cinema Specialist
  • PCNA Network Qualified Engineers
  • Audio and Video Distribution Specialists
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