A fully customizable vacation home designed to maximize relaxation and comfortability.
Nestled in the remote region of southern Iceland sits a luxurious vacation home. Located in Icelandic wilderness, this vacation home features an impressive pool, two outdoor hot tubs, sauna, and home gym, all laid against a beautiful Icelandic backdrop. An escape from the excitement of city life, this vacation home maximizes relaxation and personalization for every visitor.
Incorporating cutting-edge smart home technology for whole-home automation, the 2,500 square foot pool house provides effortless control. Automated windows and shades adjust automatically with the weather. Fully customizable lighting throughout the home allows for pre-programmed scenes to be activated at the touch of a button. Even the sauna, hot tubs, and pool are controllable from a single, integrated device, empowering the user to control on/off status, water temperature, and even the bubbles in the hot tub.
Envisioning the Full Capabilities of Smart Home Technology
With plans to rent out this home as a getaway to high-end clientele, the homeowner realized the need to bring in smart technology to push the envelope of what a vacation home could deliver. Unfamiliar with the scope of this and how far the possibilities of smart space automation could go, he came to TSP Smart Spaces to help him design and build a smart home that brings to life his vision of experience through technology.
TSP Smart Spaces has brought smart technology to residential homes across the world. From Boston mansions to Florida seaside getaways, to penthouses in downtown Reykjavik, TSP Smart Spaces was well-equipped for this project. Working directly with the homeowner, TSP Smart Spaces, and our local team in our Icelandic subsidiary Nordic Smart Spaces helped him formulate how smart home technology could be brought to life and enrich every aspect of his home.
Drawing Inspiration from a Luxury Penthouse
To demonstrate the full offering that smart home automation can deliver, TSP Smart Spaces brought the homeowner to a penthouse in Reykjavik, just an hour’s drive from his space in Selfoss, where we had previously installed a completely integrated system. An interactive demonstration of the penthouse’s smart technology helped to show the range of control and personalization possibilities that smart homes deliver.
Having been recently declared the “Best Apartment in Iceland,” the Skuggi Penthouse highlighted the capabilities of a smart space and how it can enhance the experience of your home. From this visit, the pool house owner was able to envision how smart technology could enhance the experience and unlock his home’s potential.
Reinforcing a Design Narrative While Overcoming Structural Barriers
One of the major challenges of this project was implementing smart technology in an already-built home. As the initial design did not include smart home technology, finding solutions that blended new technology with the specific design narrative of the home was imperative to success. The final product needed to be set up to host a variety of preprogrammed scenes while also having the ability to fully customize and personalize the space to support the diverse range of needs and styles potential renters and tenants of the home may have.
To add a layer of challenge to the project, the house was built using concrete, which posed difficulties with installing a network that interacts with the entire home without any dead spots or weak signals. Given the need for integrated control throughout the whole home, the new network needed to provide quality signal strength no matter where you are in the home, inside or outside.
Integrated Control Accessible from Anywhere, Anytime
TSP’s strengths in flexibility and adaptability were essential to the successful implementation of the new technology under a single integrated control system. Using a combination of equipment recommended by TSP and preferred brands of the homeowner, TSP Smart Spaces was able to bring all of the technology in the home under a single integrated control system, accessible wherever you are, no matter when it is.
Lutron lighting utilizing the HomeWorks QS system transforms the home’s lighting into a dynamic experience, changing in harmony with sunlight, your desired atmosphere, or the task at hand. Lutron also provides the connection between the Peet Bro’s weather station and the home’s windows, allowing for automation to be set up to close windows in the event of inclement weather or open them during beautiful, sunny days.
Savant Universal Remotes takes smart living to the next level, bringing control over the whole home’s audio and visual devices and allowing endless personalizations for even the least tech-savvy users. With custom screen layouts customizable hard buttons, the Savant remote can endlessly customize your space at the touch of a button and provides quick access to what you use the most.
To ensure the network was accessible throughout the entire home, TSP applied the power and stability of a Cisco Meraki mesh network with access points spanning the entire home. Nine separate access points were installed in strategic areas of the home to mitigate the connection issues concrete brings to home networks. This included below the pool, the outside spa, the kitchen, gym, and more. The result is a network that brings control to all smart devices and is accessible from anywhere, at any time.
Lutron Homeworks QS system for lighting control throughout the home
35 Lutron seeTouch Keypads customized to blend with home’s design
22 Lutron Sivoia QS roller shades providing shade control via keypad or mobile device
Lutron window integration with weather station to automate opening and closing of home’s 56 motorized windows
Savant host and Universal Remote Controls for complete control of the home’s audio and visual experience
Cisco Meraki equipment for the home’s robust network core
Peet Bros. weather station for integration with home’s window controls
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About TSP Smart Spaces
TSP Smart Spaces combines luxury design aesthetics with the latest in smart home automation technology. From colonial-style mansions in Boston to seaside retreats in Florida, to luxurious vacation homes in Iceland, we help transform your home’s technology from a utility to an experience. We empower homeowners to take control of their home’s by controlling everything from lights and shades, to audio and visual, all from a singular device or voice command. Our proven Design, Build, and Support process, ensures we are with you from the beginning of your smart home journey and beyond.
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