Grand Designs Live

Automated Home at Grand Designs Live

 The Automated Home at Grand Designs Live was such an interesting experience. Although there were many other mocked up rooms or fully functioning outdoor buildings, none that I saw had a shower actually running water like in the Automated House!

The house was set out in a layout with a kitchen, bedroom (left), bathroom (below) and living room, all of which were very high spec!

The Automated Home was created in partnership with CEDIA, the association of electronic design and installation. The information booklet available told me that the technology aims to give ‘finger-tip electronic control over your entertainment’ and it ‘allows you to control, conceal and operate systems within your home as never before’. Sounds good!

My photo of the living room came out badly as the room was very dark, and in my opinion it was closer to a media room/home cinema than to a function living rom. I couldn’t believe how big the TV was until The Boyfriend pointed out that it was actually a projector. The kitchen was also very modern and very sleek, with shiny black units, neon strip lighting and a minimalist look.

The bedroom was beautifully decorated. The room had a sumptuous feel, and although I’m not very keen on dark wallpaper it worked well here as the stunning chandelier provided enough light. The headboard matching the quilt on the bed was a lovely touch.

Once I caught sight of the shower in the bathroom (on the right of the entrance and impossible to miss!) I couldn’t believe it. It was running real water from 5 separate shower heads from Dornbracht. This bathroom was definitely decadent. The bath was large, and I was amazed when a TV popped out from the end! The quilted wall is something I had never seen before but it worked really well with the plain bath.

The Automated House was a great idea and I hope something similar will be incorporated into the exhibition next year!


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