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Taylors Lakes SDA House

Completed December 2023

Full home automation and Assistive Technology integration for a new SIL house for 3 residents in wheelchairs using Apple Homekit and Google Home. 

Taylors Lakes - Project Overview

Type of House: Brand new, single storey SIL home for three high needs NDIS participants in wheelchairs.  Each resident has their own bedroom and bathroom, as well as an additional bedroom and bathroom for the support workers.  The Home boasts 2 living spaces, an accessible kitchen, a large laundry room, 2 outdoor spaces and a 2 car garage.  

Smart Home Budget : Full automation including all lights, automated doors, automated blinds, garage door, door locks, sensors, wired control relay to integrate Home Automation system & climate control. Plus cognitive support, & assistive technology assessment, recommendation, implementation, training and maintenance - $45 - 50k

Who Lives Here: 3 friends with Cerebral Palsy, intellectual disabilities and one whom is non-verbal.  Marty, Nick and Luke are all in wheelchairs and have very different needs and passions.

Architect / Designer: Illowra

What was important to the residents and their families: 

  • Security and Safety eg:  code access for support workers

  • Autonomy eg:  make calls, find out their schedules, control the lights, and control their entertainment systems without asking for help

  • Saving on energy bills eg: automated blinds that block the western sun, climate control and lighting

  • Freedom of access eg:  automated doors that open with a button

  • Ongoing support eg:  being able to call YSL for help with any of the technology

  • Ease of use eg:  each resident is familiar with a different systems (Apple, Google & Alexa), so the automation must be compatible and accessible by all of them

Customer quote: "Love the convenience of just hitting one button on the way out the door with the morning rush to get kids to school on the way to work, no more running around the house turning things off"

 Taylors Lakes Smart Home Features

Tailored to the automation solutions , these are 

Garage Door

Ability to control garage door and vehicle gate via voice, from phone or via automation

Entertainment

Full multi-room audio, music when and when you want it, ability to control TV's

Sensors

Multiroom sensors keeping track of occupancy, temperature, lighting levels, air quality, humidity and automatically adjusting lighting, a/c etc.

Lighting

Full control of lighting including dimming, scene control by voice eg: leave home, dinner time, chill time

Climate Control

Full control of ducted air-conditioning, in-floor hydronic heating, ceiling fans and blinds to keep house comfortable & reduce bils

Smart Locks

Front door automatically unlocks on approaching house, keypad for guest entry, ability to lock/unlock via automation eg: auto lock at 7pm

Security 

Individual security codes for support workers

Irrigation

Zoned watering system that knows the local climate, has access to weather forecasts and waters for you

Scene Automation

Scenes such a leaving home help reduce energy usage, save time and secure the house, automatically arming alarm, turning off lights and appliances.

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