While the owner of this house wanted excellent sound and visual quality, he didn’t want his home to look like it was stuffed full of technology, so Living in Space and West London AV Solutions worked together to make sure speakers, control units and screens were unobtrusive.
Katie Sparrevohn, managing director of West London AV Solutions, explains: ‘The main screens in the living rooms required a speaker bar to provide the front left, centre and right channels of audio. We specified custom-made Leon speaker bars, which were then wall mounted within the joinery and covered with acoustically transparent fabric to conceal them.’
Sparrevohn continues: ‘Subwoofers are always a problem in terms of ideal locations and visibility. Designers are always keen to have them hidden and concealed from view. In this property we achieved this in two ways. In one of the living rooms we used a Velodyne in-wall subwoofer which had a very small visible “designer” grille. In the other room we used a Leon Ultra-Thin Aaros subwoofer which was discreetly disguised as a table upon which the client placed his own artwork.’
Powerful speakers and crystal clear visuals are obviously vital to creating a good audiovisual scheme, but being able to control your appliances easily – and preferably through a single system – is also hugely important.
In this case, West London AV Solutions installed a Crestron control system, which is integrated with the home’s Crestron lighting control, intercom, heating, air conditioning and CCTV.
The owner of this home was no technophobe, says Sparrevohn: ‘The client is had an IT background and a great interest in control systems and the infrastructure required. He was heavily involved throughout the project which was great as this meant we could give him exactly what he wanted.’
Sparrevohn says the client asked specifically for a Crestron control system as he was aware that Crestron are the market leaders in creating control systems for the home. ‘This enabled us to design a whole house Crestron system with decentralised placement of all video and audio sources,’ says Sparrevohn.