Smart Move


Working with celebrated designers, architects and artisans to deliver beautiful properties, has earned Hollis Rouse London an enviable reputation. Erin Thomas meets the team to find out how they combine elegant design with cutting edge technology

With over 30 years’ experience in the superprime residential sector, Hollis Rouse London have an instinctive understanding of their clients, their homes and lifestyles; in particular the rise of the ‘smart home’, where household appliances and features can be controlled and managed through a smart phone.

When it comes to decisions on tech, most clients are looking for a combination of intuitive use and optimal performance that is also discreet, empathetic and works harmoniously with the luxury interior finishes being installed. For a number of years, Hollis Rouse London has chosen to partner with smart home specialist, Cornflake. The company, (which has a showroom in Fitzrovia), strikes the perfect balance between performance, reliability, and energy efficiency, specialising in home cinema, video, and sound reproduction, together with smart lighting and window treatments.

A pre-programmed lighting system provides the perfect lighting of a room instantly from the touch of a button. Rather than setting up and adjusting multiple downlights, wall lights and lamps to provide the ideal lighting environment, these systems store pre-set lighting levels. The system also has the ability to control blinds to ensure consistent lighting levels throughout the day.

Working closely with designers, IT technicians and the carpenters in the joinery workshop, Hollis Rouse London will ensure that the final product provides the technological service, as well as being functionally operational and looking stunning. This could be anything from hiding electrical wiring inside skirting boards to manufacturing a joinery unit, which elevates a flat screen TV on a motor.

When it comes to the audio throughout the house, the majority of clients wish to control and play different music in different areas of the house. This can commonly be solved using table top smart speakers, which link up to the WiFi for a simple plug in and go solution. For clients looking for a more discreet alternative, Hollis Rouse London can install plaster-in speakers which are completely hidden from sight.

A dedicated space can also be created to accommodate the technology required to run the property’s systems. These rooms can quickly become overheated so Hollis Rouse London will ensure proper ventilation. Hollis Rouse London is no stranger to controlling conditions in difficult to reach places. A good example, is an enclosed wine cellar where an automatic climate control system is installed to maintain a constant desirable temperature and optimum humidity.

Security is an important consideration for any beautiful home. The most common requirement is a visual remote entry system providing video access to the front door. The key consideration is that the camera is connected to a system that the owner can access from any point in the house. Internal sensors will pick up on intruders. This can be as simple as a PIR sensor that detects movement to trigger an alarm. Some of the more sophisticated devices are able to alert police, record video of the event and even deter the criminal through the deployment of a harmless mist into the home interior.


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