We can work out which cables will be needed for your new smart home
Put in the right Cables – While you can.
It is cost effective and easy to put the cables in during a renovation project, or during the build of a new house, but it’s difficult and costly to do it at any other time.
If you plan to sell the house at some point, having the right cables already in place, will enhance it’s value and attractiveness to a potential buyer. If it is a minimalist but luxurious home, then not having the right cables, could be a barrier to achieving it’s true market value.
People are becoming more reliant upon good Wi-fi and there are more and more products on the market which use Wi-fi. This means that it is particularly important to ensure that larger homes have good wifi coverage. Whilst it is possible to buy products which improve wifi coverage without the use of cables, These are usually a compromise. The best and most reliable performance is achieved by utilising cables to bring fast connections to a number of wifi access points, and then only rely on the wi-fi radio signals for the last part of the journey to your handheld devices.
Most professional installers of home automation equipment will try to use hard wired connections wherever possible as these make for faster speeds and better reliability. This isn’t about to change as there are inherent limitations to how much information can be sent wirelessly.
For this consultancy work, we can often agree a price in advance, or we can work based upon an hourly rate.
Because we have been through this process many times, we already have templates which we can use efficiently to provide you with a comprehensive plan at a reasonable cost. For example we recently prepared a complete cable schedule for four storey a six bedroom luxury house. The proposed house has a gym , cinema room motorised gates etc. The set of information which we provided to the property developer included a requirements table, a 12 page cable schedule with over 120 cables, marked up versions of the architect’s cad drawings showing all cable and ceiling speaker locations , touch screens and wifi access point locations, over four floors and a description of the features which could be supported by the cabling. This took us four days to complete at £300+ VAT per day. a smaller project would of course cost less.
The process is usually something like this:
We start by studying the architects drawings and discussing the possibilities. A common approach is to allocate a cupboard or a small room to house the majority of the equipment. This keeps the rest of the house relatively free from visible cables and gadgets. We can describe to you what is possible and help you to decide which services should be catered for, by the cables to each room.
The services which you might want to consider cabling for are: Control and dimming of the lighting, Wifi access points ( to provide full Wifi coverage throughout larger homes). Ceiling speakers for music etc. Providing all of the right signals for wall mounted TVs. Motorised window blinds, Motorised projection screen, hard wired home network. User friendly ways to control everything , including control of your heating , air conditioning and security systems. You may want to cater for a few on wall touch screens. These would be able to control everything which I have already mentioned. These touch screens can also act as video intercom panels as well as providing a convenient way to view live pictures from any CCTV cameras or video entry panels etc. all of these services could be made to interface with voice control services such as Alexa.
We usually prepare a table showing which features our clients would like in each room. We then we use the requirements table to prepare an AV cable schedule. The cable schedule lists all of the cables that would be needed, together with notes about where they run to and from, how they should be terminated etc.
If required we can go a step further by adding to the architects autocad drawings to show locations for speakers , TVs etc and for the cables which will serve them. If you only want us to advise you which cables to put in, that’s fine , we are happy to do as much or as little as you wish. The information which we provide will always be based upon a fully thought through system design, so that you will have the option to select us to provide and install an appropriate set of equipment at a later date.
We would love to discuss your requirements. If this is of interest please give us a call.
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I can't rate Richard highly enough. Having decided to create a home cinema in our lounge I searched the net for numerous companies for quotes. The UK Home Cinemas website was the most informative I came across, particularly the ready made package solutions which provided a good idea on total cost. Richard was very responsive and helpful during our first call spending over an hour discussing the various options available to me. I visited his 'show lounge' to get an idea of what it would all look like and again he took a considerable amount of time to help me decided what I wanted taking into account my budget and priorities. Unfortunately our renovations then took longer than expected but he worked with my builders to ensure the cables and power points etc... were positioned properly. As the cost of the renovations increased I had to make some changes to our cinema and again, Richard was completely fine, helping me to save money with as little impact on the finished product as possible. I can imagine other installers would have grumbled but definitely not the case here! We finally finished the install in Jan 2015 and I'm a very happy customer. During the actual installation Richard was very considerate of our new home, keeping disruption to a minimum and always ensuring the spaces he worked in were kept as clean and tidy as when he started. There were some issues as I increased the screen size during the install (again dealt with very helpfully without any problems) which required some cutting into the wall. This was filled and made good and you can't even notice now it's painted over. It is very apparent that Richard is an A/V tech buff, takes great pride in his work and has no hesitation in explaining things in an easy to understand manner. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone, indeed I've already referred two friends who are in the process of buying houses to get in touch with him.
After renovating our basement into a family room we decided to go one step further and install a home cinema. Reading a few magazines dedicated to home cinema was insightful but we decided in order to get it right we would need some expert help. We found UK Home Cinemas on the internet and their website looked promising showing different packages and pictures along with testimonials from previous clients. We gave Richard a call, picked his brains and arranged to visit his home to see his own system. Once you have seen what's available and mix it with some of your ideas plus what Richard brings to the table things really start to take shape. One of the great things about Richard is the flexibility
of his packages to suit your project and budget, we changed our minds and added things several times over and Richard was always at hand in the planning stage. The installation of the cinema system ran smoothly from first fix to completion. One of the best pieces of advice Richard gave was to install the biggest screen we could, believe me this was inch perfect and well worth it. If like me you love your films or your kids love their games consoles you will never regret installing your own home cinema. Richard was very accommodating during the install and continues to be accommodating now with any further questions, his technical knowledge, professional yet friendly service and flexibility means I would not hesitate to recommend UK Home Cinemas