While the room has an integrated audio system that gives the projection system full surround sound capabilities, Martin Kleiser maintain that home theatre was not necessarily the concept. “The basement was fortunate enough to be naturally well lit, providing opportunities to utilize the space in a number of ways. While what we have arrived at does function as an effective home theatre, it is actually designated as a sitting room.” The features of HomeWorks ensure that room transformations such as that seen in the basement at Cadogan Place are straightforward, allowing multi-functionality for rooms throughout the house.
From a security standpoint, HomeWorks operates alongside an alarm system and has total control over the external lighting. The exterior lights are set up on a 20 minute fade-to-on cycle at dusk, with seasonal variances taken into consideration. The system then reverses the program later through the night at variable times throughout the year. The property developers were also suitably impressed with Vacation Mode available with HomeWorks.
Vacation Mode memorizes and faithfully recreates the home dwellers' actual lighting usage patterns when the house is unoccupied. One button, rather than dozens of timers, activates Vacation Mode, creating a realistic lived-in look that is far superior to timers or randomly sequenced lights. Integrated with the home security system and front and rear lighting at Cadogan Place, maximum protection is offered while the occupiers are away.
In terms of meeting goals set out at the start of the project, Cope agreed that HomeWorks proved to be ‘flexible, very reliable, and user-friendly’. “I think we have made good use of the HomeWorks Interactive capabilities throughout the house. We were also able to achieve some very pleasing settings for the garden with the water fountain lighting operating on the Night setting programmed into the system.”
Philip Pomerance of London & Country Homes says of the Lutron system, “We wanted to give the impression of a totally modern lighting system to mirror the extensive renovations that had been carried out, a system to enhance the user’s perception of the property.” The result was undoubtedly achieved with HomeWorks, as audiovisual consultant Cope pointed out. “The system solved problems for the user, maybe problems that they didn’t even know they would have, by making everything simple—it is a total solutions package.”