Full home automation of a new build for a semi-retired couple in Geelong's suburb of Highton
Highton - Project Overview
Type of House: Newly built custom designed home, designed so the owners a couple in their 60's can live on the 2nd floor accessible via lift, with plenty of room downstairs when the grandkids come to visit.
Smart Home Budget : Full automation including all light switches, multi-room audio, irrigation control, selected automated blinds, garage door, gate, door locks, sensors, alarm system, CCTV, ceiling fans, heated towel rails - $20-$30k
Who Lives Here: Semi-retired couple in their 60's
What was important to the home owners:
Security and Safety of the family and home eg: monitoring while away
Time saving and convenience eg: being able to control what is a large home centrally from phone, wall mounted ipad or via voice.
Keeping the garden low maintenance eg: watering system that knows when to water by knowing the local climate and weather conditions.
Saving on energy bills eg: automated blinds that block the western sun, climate control and lighting
Entertaining eg: multi-room including outdoor audio, automated lighting scenes
Customer quote: "We have quickly become accustomed to having an automated home, being able to see and control everything from our phones or via voice including garage doors, gates, lighting, door lock or checking the cameras while we are away is something we couldn't live without"
Highton Smart Home Features
Tailored to the automation solutions , these are
Garage Door & Gate
Ability to control garage door and vehicle gate via voice, from phone or via automation
Full multi-room audio, music when and when you want it, ability to control TV's
Multiroom sensors keeping track of occupancy, temperature, lighting levels, air quality, humidity and automatically adjusting lighting, a/c etc.
Full control of lighting including dimming, scene control eg: leave home, dinner time, chill time
Full control of ducted air-conditioning, in-floor hydronic heating, ceiling fans and blinds to keep house comfortable & reduce bils
Front door automatically unlocks on approaching house, keypad for guest entry, ability to lock/unlock via automation eg: auto lock at 7pm
CCTV and Video Doorbell with facial recognition, smart alarm system that arms of leaving home
Zoned watering system that knows the local climate, has access to weather forecasts and waters for you
Scenes such a leaving home help reduce energy usage, save time and secure the house, automatically arming alarm, turning off lights and appliances.