Every once in a while, when we meet a potential client for the first time at their property, we come face to face with a problem that really riles us. We approach a fabulously well-presented property from the outside, when we enter the property we are blown away by the architecture and the detail that has been considered by the interior designer. Then comes the part we sadly are beginning to hear all too often.
“Our wifi is terrible and none of my devices work” or “can you help us sort out our home network and install a surround sound cinema system?”
The reason this frustrates us is that it could so easily have been avoided. Consulting a home automation specialist at the beginning of a project can easily avoid this disappointment and allow a first class technology installation to sit next to the breathtaking architecture or interior design. Today we highlight a few pitfalls when undertaking a major renovation or new build project from a technological standpoint and a typical timeline of when to bring us in.
The vision at the very beginning of any renovation project, is the perception the client sees in their mind about how everything will look and feel at the end. The imagination will paint pictures of the family enjoying social events at their home or stunning architectural features that grab people’s attention.
These initial seeds of ideas are usually first embodied through the work of an architect and the design process. Further down the line, other influencers such as interior and kitchen designers are introduced. Towards the end of the design process a home automation specialist might be recruited for their input but sadly we are sometimes forgotten. Plans are then put into action through the work of the builder and his subcontractors and off we go.
There is a point on any renovation or new build project that once passed, the options available to a home automation specialist diminish and this can mean that some of those original visions or dreams that the customer had at the beginning, will have to face a compromise when choosing which technologies to install. Once the walls and ceilings have been closed, it’s very expensive to then reopen them to fit cable and will create a knock on delay to the remaining timeline of the build.
Our view at Luxe Smart Homes is that we want to deliver a minimalistic finished aesthetic in every room we install technology in. Furthermore, we want every technology we install to be easy to use, responsive, reliable and secure in every room. The best way to achieve this is to bring us in at the very beginning.
When the architect is fleshing out the room layouts, we would be able to advise our clients as to where the television should be hung on the wall and where the supplementary surround speakers should go. When the interior designer is suggesting bespoke joinery to fit into a living area, we would be able to advise how the technology is going to integrate. When the kitchen designer is specifying the appliances in their drawings, we would be able to advise how that technology is going to integrate into a wider smart home installation.
By being alongside these stakeholders from the beginning, from a technology standpoint, we have no boundaries as to what can be achieved. An overall budget for the technology can also be established which can then be factored into the overall budget of the renovation.
This can be a huge comfort to the client since from the very beginning they know how much our services and technology will cost. If we are brought in once a project is nearing completion then the options available to us are likely to be more constrained and limited. This can lead to items becoming more expensive to install or that money has already been spent in other areas of the renovation, which might not be as important to the client, as the quality of the audio system they had originally planned for.
From our experience, the architect will actually welcome our input since they will already have begun to build the framework of how the other trades will have to work. A structured cabling plan will allow us to ensure every part of the property will receive excellent wifi coverage as well as servicing high bandwidth consumption devices, such as large televisions, with a rock solid and fast data connection. Again, if we are not involved in the planning earlier enough then this may get overlooked and a wonderfully finished new home or renovation could suffer from a technological standpoint and ultimately result in a disappointed client once the euphoria of moving into a new property has dissipated.
If you are about to embark on a new build project or a whole home renovation and want to have a certain level of home automation integrated into the finished works, then call us for a free consultation. We are able to advise in the initial stages as to what is possible and the best course of action to achieve it, so that once the works or build have been completed, you will be free to reap all the benefits of a smart home. Leave it too late and the options get smaller. There is a common phrase that is often heard in home automation circles:
“The most expensive cable is the one you forget to run.”
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