Smart Home Technology
The right foundations
When it comes to smart home installations, a
reliable and stable infrastructure is the most
important part of any project. In addition to this,
a supportive cabling structure helps create a
sleek, wire-free look on completion.
For self-build projects, cabling should be
considered from the very beginning and this
should take place at the start of the build stage.
Cables cannot be easily retrofitted, nor can
space for the essential boxes driving a system
be easily found, once the property has already
been decorated. A wired infrastructure can set
up the home for future applications, whilst still
preserving the décor of the home and adding
The CEDIA Smart Home Infrastructure
Recommended Guidelines document is available
to self-builders to make them aware of the
cabling infrastructure necessary to support the
technology typically required for the modern
home. To download a free copy, visit www.cedia.
The right technology
Every project is different, and every homeowner
has different priorities and needs. To achieve the
ultimate smart home, it’s crucial to
map out the kind of technologies you
require for the property.
The easiest way to do it is to look
at floor plans and allocate the kind
of technologies you’d like installed
in each room. This depends on a
number of lifestyle and practical
factors, for example, the home
cinema may be the pride of place
for a movie-buff, but for those who
travel often, it may be the security
system that holds greater value. This
extends to lighting and blind control through to
heating, audio, and visual elements, and each
should be carefully considered and planned.
A system design needs to be planned out
and include all positions of the technology. It
is important at this stage to have a clear idea
of how rooms will work once furnished, so TVs
and speakers can be positioned in the optimum
positions and all power points and cables can
be terminated, so as not to be seen when the
equipment is finally installed.
As part of this, you will also need to have
a clear budget set in place with the integrator
in order to find the best solutions for the brief.
It is possible to start off with a basic level of
technology and raise the level of complexity at a
later date, but you’ll want to understand the cost
relating to this beforehand.
Ultimately, these steps will ensure you achieve
a connected smart home that not only operates
effectively but fits perfectly within the interior