Integrated Home Technology

Sep 21, 2017

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We understand that our customers want to have modern technology in their homes, but that it shouldn’t impact on the scheme of the home, but compliment or enhance it wherever possible. Seven years ago this was our message, and it’s still true today. There are lots of subtle hints you can implement, and some big ones too. We’ve handpicked a few of our favourite, and are looking at what’s current today.

Trufig understands that you need sockets, switches, and a bunch of devices to allow you to conveniently control your home. With Trufig you can have these necessary devices work in harmony with the room, rather than stand out like a sore thumb. A standard touchscreen or iPad mounted ‘on-wall’ can protrude by as much as 50mm, or you could have it flush. We know which one we prefer:

Sonance is the parent company of Trufig, and this creates a perfect pairing. For those people who love the built-in ‘architectural’ look – why not go the whole way and have your ceiling speakers flush, and matched to the shape and size of the ceiling downlights too?

The Frame is a new product from Samsung, and while this is aimed at the consumer end of the market, it can provide an impressive means of hiding a TV within a piece of artwork

Moving into the bigger ticket items we look at automation, and how working with a professional smart home company can bring the knowledge and expertise to implement some  very impressive solutions:

Future Automation is a UK based company that provide lifts that hide technology in homes when not in use. We’re huge ambassadors of their products as it’s reliable, has great build quality, and quiet too. They can pretty much conceal anything, including an entire row of home cinema chairs vanishing into the floor, as they were tasked with recently.

We specify their products regularly to hide TVs because no-one wants to look at a black screen when it’s turned off – wouldn’t a piece of artwork, or that bespoke joinery be so much nicer? Importantly, when working with Future Automation products, it’s important to have a smart home company carry out a full design service, as the expensive TV and motor could well be the cheapest part of the solution when compared to that piece of artwork which it hides behind.

Our recent CEDIA award winning project featured a number of these hidden home technology tricks, as you can see in this video:

If you would like to find out more or discuss the ideas above for your next project, then get in touch