Automated blinds from QMotion UK are now an integral part of a new Savant-controlled luxury property scheme from developer, Excellare, in affluent Canford Cliffs, near Poole in Dorset.
Luscombe is a contemporary scheme of three brand new homes which look to marry iconic architecture with the natural contours and features of the landscape around this developer hot spot.
Each four-bedroom property will be finished to a high specification, including an indoor pool, sauna, wine room, gym with a fully integrated smart home technology system designed and installed by CEDIA member, Cre8tive Rooms.
The Cre8tive Rooms’ system comprises multi-room audio and video throughout, with speakers hidden in walls and ceilings to match the aesthetic of the homes. The project uses a central rack architecture to cut down on the amount of equipment on show.
Wireless lighting control, data networking and CCTV technology have also been included with Savant providing the control platform for operation of all the sub-systems.
Windows in the west
Quiet-running, automated blind control from QMotion is an intrinsic part of this solution. Cre8tive Rooms’ director, Nick Sedgwick, explains, “Floor to ceiling glass walls and large windows are a major feature of each property’s design, flooding the homes with light at certain times of day. We wanted an automated blind system that could help regulate light levels easily, fit the design aesthetic and integrate seamlessly with the other sub-systems for easy control by the Savant system. QMotion UK has met all these expectations and more. The customer support team has also been helpful and supportive throughout. The end results look incredible.”
A total of 14 QMotion motorised roller blinds have been fitted within Optima, the first completed show property on the scheme, with plans to extend the technology on a similar scale to the remaining two houses, Oseleta and Ortega. Occupants can operate all the technology, including the blinds, from Savant remote devices, touch panels or from an app on their smartphone or tablet.
The blinds are versatile enough for automated operation individually or as a synchronised group, silently dropping to a pre-programmed position, when desired. At the same time, QMotion features a manual override function which ensures that if, for any reason, the homebuyers choose to pull on any blind, it will respond, without causing any damage to the automated mechanism. At the same time, two-way QMotion control sends a signal back from each blind to the Savant system, ensuring real-time positioning accuracy.
The sheer collection from QMotion was selected by Excellare for an understated, minimalist look whilst mere 13mm light gaps on each side of the blinds deliver the shading performance needed.
QMotion says its blinds are also energy efficient thanks to the company’s patented spring-counterbalancing system which keeps battery powered motor consumption to a minimum and delivers near silent operation. The recyclable D cell alkaline batteries will last for up to three years before replacement, based on two fully up and two fully down positions each day.