The benefits of technology in the home are virtually endless. The rapid adoption of smart home tech proves that customers are in love! From waking up, to cooking, answering the door, activities at home are so much more fun and convenient with smart home tech. Just think of the things we can do today with smart home gadgets:
Monitor home security systems when stuck at the office.
Get notifications and video when visitors approach the front door.
Control lights all around our home with a simple voice command.
But when these smart devices are managed by different apps and are not unified, they can become tedious to manage. Sometimes, the smart devices that you bought to make your home more convenient turn out to be a little less straightforward.
IT’S ALL JUST SMART STUFF WITHOUT A SMART HOME OS
Take Smart Lighting, for example. If your phone isn’t handy and your kids are screaming too loudly for Alexa to hear you, it’s nice to know you can count on your old-fashioned light switch— but if you have a DIY smart lighting solution, you know that switching those lights on will disrupt the smart connection between your lights and mobile phone and mess up your default settings.
Don’t get me wrong! Most smart home tech is worth the hassle, but once you have a half dozen kinds of devices in your home, troubleshooting issues and getting multiple devices from different brands to work together can become a part-time job. You end up telling yourself, “There’s got to be a better way!” – This is where Majik House can help!
USING A SMART HOME OS TAKES YOUR HOME TO THE NEXT LEVEL
A smart home operating system, like Control4 Smart Home OS 3, is designed to unify hundreds of connected devices across the home. Control them all from a single platform that gives homeowners the control and personalization you want. While also offering concierge-style professional support when needed.
1) A smart home OS unifies every device in your home
A smart home OS creates a truly intelligent home by supporting and controlling products across all categories of electronics. For example, the Control4 product line includes:
a video door station
a smart thermostat
multi-room music and video
home cinema audio and control
All of these devices are then unified and orchestrated by the Control4 Smart Home OS—and it’s not just for Control4 products. A great smart home embraces choice because every home is a mix of products from a variety of companies. That’s why Control4 OS is compatible with over 13,500 third-party products like smart sprinkler systems, pool controls and smart locks.
So what does the unification of all these devices look like?
Let’s say most nights, you and your family sit down for dinner. You tap “Dinner” on your Control4 keypad in the kitchen, and the window shades roll down. The upstairs bedroom lights flash twice to let your family know dinner is ready. Your favourite playlist comes on, and your smart pet-feeder gives the dog his dinner. Then imagine that after dinner, you move to the living room. Fall asleep on the couch, and forget to lock up. Well, you don’t have to worry. Because at precisely 10pm, your front and back doors lock. The security system arms and all the entertainment in the house turns off.
2) A smart home OS is simple and personalised in meaningful ways
A powerful smart home is designed so you can personalise your experience, so that the controls you use most are front and centre. Smart Home OS gives you control over how your interface is organised. Intuitively designed, the Control4 Smart Home OS lets you favourite rooms and scenes. Arrange devices as you like, so that you can quickly access the controls and features that are most important to you.
Here are a few other meaningful interactions that a comprehensive smart home OS can give you:
Your kids walk home from school while you’re still at work. When they get home, you get a notification, and you can view them on your security camera using your smartphone. The front door automatically locks behind them.
You’re leaving on an extended vacation, but there have been burglaries reported in your neighbourhood. You can set the lights, speakers, and TVs in your home to mimic your usual routines, making your home appear occupied.
3) A smart home OS gives you more than one option to interface and control
While a true smart home OS lets you replace multiple apps with just one that gives you complete control. It can also provides alternative ways to interact with your home. While it may feel like we’re always on our smartphones, there will inevitably be times where it is the least convenient option. Whether it’s voice control, a universal remote, or in-wall tablets and keypads, Control4 gives you a variety of ways to command your home.
You’re watching TV when a notification tells you there is motion in the driveway by your car. With the click of a button on your universal remote, you can view the security camera footage on your TV from the comfort and safety of your sofa.
The doorbell rings. Your guests are here, and you forgot to leave the door unlocked. Tell your voice assistant “It’s Party Time”. The front door unlocks, while a special lighting scene and a music preset create a party atmosphere
4) A smart home OS is initially configured by a professional, who offers concierge tech support when you need it
Much like electricity, plumbing, or heating, a truly intelligent home is not a DIY project. For a smart home to be comprehensive and reliable, its OS will require a rock-solid network and proper configuration and installation.
Majik House engineers are trained and experienced when it comes to designing systems. We will work with you to create a smart home that meets your needs and fits within your budget. We make sure the infrastructure of your smart home is dependable and future-proof. Meaning that they’ll make sure your network and hardware can handle more devices, should you decide to expand in the future.
If a smart home OS and professional help sound like the best way to ensure you get the smart home of your dreams. Then visit Majik House on Thursday 13th June to C4Yourself. and get your hands on Control4 Smart Home OS and other incredible tech. You can register your interest via the link below. we look forward to welcoming you to Majik House.
Majik House has been in existence for 20 years and reinvented itself 3 times.
The time came 12 months ago for us to consider a fourth reinvention. In our opinion the need to refresh your offering and demonstrate creativity is essential in today’s market.
Our Experience Centre is the start of showing our offering. However, we have now added a new dimension for our client to experience.
Consider living with our offering for 24 hours and working out how it will affect your lifestyle. Using all our offering and checking out how we execute our projects?
In partnership, with a luxury Bathroom Company we have designed built and created 4 luxury suites to hopefully blow you away.
Our added brand is called Absoluxe Suites and they are based in the heart of Kirkby Lonsdale. You can step out of the front door and experience the plethora of food and drink on offer with no need to get a taxi or drive your car.
We think they are rather special and they have been a creation in the making for 12 months.
What technology have we added to the suites?
Mood lighting in each bedroom and bathroom so that with an easy press of the button you change the feel of your suite
Electronic blinds-another quick press to close your blinds or open them. Notice how quiet they are and how dark they make the room to enhance your sleeping conditions
Bathroom TV’s to add a touch of decadence for a nights’ stay! Champagne and your favourite film whilst floating in perfumed bubbles!
Large screen TV’s in the bedroom from which you can control – TV options, music and room temperature. If you cant be bothered to press the button by your head for the lights you can also do this on screen.
The beauty of all this is the simplicity with which it operates. Because someone staying for a night has to have it working immediately and consistently.
All you do is press the RED 4 on the remote and a screen appears from which you operate your room.
Music – you can stream music, make a playlist or listen to our playlists with ease in the bedroom and the bathroom.
As you make your way to your suite you will experience our music and lighting in the hall, on the stairs to complete the experience
There is also a little CCTV present in the communal areas
The front door is operated by a code you are given before you arrive
Wi-Fi is free in all rooms with your own unique room code.
We specialize in the networking behind systems to ensure they all operate to their optimum. This is the backbone of all our systems.
We intend to showcase the suites to potential clients in addition to or instead of the showroom. Then let them make the decision if they would like to stay and get a more holistic experience.
Our belief is that Majik House is the only smart technology company in the UK to give the potential client the opportunity to “try before you buy”. We love that fact because it is important to us to keep our creative approach alive and to experiment!
We look forward to welcoming you to Majik House and Absoluxe Suites.
At Majik House, our end goal in every project is to deliver a smart-home above and beyond the expectations of the client. We recently completed a whole-house project in the heart of the Ribble Valley. The clients were kind enough to document their experience for us.
Read their personal account below of their journey with Majik House.
We contacted Majik House following a referral from a contractor who was working on our farmhouse renovation. Together we had planned to create a cinema style family room, for us and our young children to relax in. We were unsure exactly what equipment we needed so we went to see Jit and Tim at Majik House.
They welcomed us into their impressive showroom and demonstrated the ‘art of the possible’. Following this they looked through our renovation plans and arranged a site visit. We met again a couple of weeks later and they presented us with a solution to our Cinema room. This matched our brief exactly and we were delighted with the choice of equipment. plus, just how neat and simple it was going to be. What caught us by surprise was that the conversation quickly turned to lighting and house automation through Control4. This wasn’t something we had planned and was completely out of budget. Our initial reaction was a ‘no’ – after all how could we warrant spending that much on lighting. Was it really that important?
After another visit to the showroom and hours of careful consideration. We agreed that lighting was important and we should go back through the plans and look at the Control4 system in more detail. We worked with Majik House to amend their initial proposal to fit our needs then went ahead.
Having now lived in our renovated property for over a year we can confirm that this was the best decision we made. Lighting is so much more important than we had envisaged. Control4 works like a dream and we are able to set individual scenes for each room. The Cinema room has been transformational and we are delighted with the home automation.
Majik House have been simply superb and we have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone. Jit has been amazing throughout the process and has always listened to our needs and requirements. The knowledge of the team is exceptional and we found everyone who worked on our home both respectful and helpful.
We are absolutely delighted with the service and quality we received from Majik House. We believe they have changed our home for the better and for that we are eternally grateful.
If you have been inspired by Mr & Mrs Timmins account of their journey with Majik House. You can contact us via the ‘Get in Touch’ page here
Majik House, based in Kirkby Lonsdale are one of the longest running smart home technology companies in the UK. Set up in 1998 by founder Tim Burrow, Majik House has grown from the attic of their former home to an award winning Experience Centre.
To commemorate this monumental milestone, the team at Majik House decided to celebrate by giving something back to the local community who have supported them for the past 2 decades. Marketing Manager Sally Proctor said “the team were all really passionate about coming together to do something unique for charity, something only Majik House could do!”
The idea was simple! Majik house would call upon their suppliers and years of industry knowledge to pull together a start-of-the-art cinema and auction it off to the highest bidder. With the full amount raised going to charity. The cinema that was up for grabs had product from Rako, Control4, Velodyne and Yamaha, all leaders in their field. The components would then all be fitted, programmed and designed by Majik House’s team of engineers. “We wanted to deliver a cinema to be proud of and represented the Majik House brand” said sally.
The cinema was sold to a private bidder and to the value of £6,625 which was split 50/50 between 2 local charities.
The whole team was involved in selecting which charities to support. With the help of The Cumbria Community Foundation, King’s Food Bank Kendal and CADAS were both chosen recipients of the proceeds.
A majority of team members live in and around the Kendal area and were shocked at the level of demand for the local food bank. Partly due to the changes in Universal credit, King’s Food bank have seen an increase in referrals this year compared to last year of 16%. With the number of meals provided increasing from just under 14,000 last year to 17,000 so far this year. As a general trend where Universal Credit has already been rolled out, food banks around the country have seen a huge rise in demand.
Majik House also chose to support CADAS, a drug and alcohol recovery and prevention charity. CADAS has 4 centres around Cumbria with a base in Kendal in partnership with Manna House. Each centre provides adult recovery and family support services as well as some services that are unique to particular Centres. It has been reported that substance abuse in Barrow-in-Furness alone has claimed the lives of 14 people this year, making the death rate far higher than that of many cities in the UK.
CADAS are doing incredible work to support individuals seeking help for their addition struggles. The money raised by Majik House will go towards helping support their new centre in Kendal.
EXPERIENCE THE MAJIK OF A CONTROL4 SMART HOME AND INTERCOM ANYWHERE
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 4-8 P.M.
Visit Majik House on 18th October to take part in Control 4’s global open house event #C4Yourself! And experience the Majik of a truly smart home.
Get hands-on with new Control4 solutions, like Intercom Anywhere, smart lighting, networking and much more. Our project managers will be available to show you an orchestrated smart-home experience that makes your home safer, more convenient, comfortable, and fun.
EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF INTERCOM ANYWHERE
Whether you’re home or away, with Intercom Anywhere you can monitor and communicate with any room of your smart home. Greet guests and allow them to enter even if you are running late, check in on your kids even if they aren’t answering their phones, observe and communicate with anyone who approaches your front door—with Intercom Anywhere you have peace of mind in the palm of your hand.
Read our comprehensive guide to finding your perfect window treatments
As we become more conscious of our footprint on this planet, we realize that making the most of daylight in our homes simply makes sense. This is where Majik House can help! Utilizing daylight reduces our need for artificial light, and saves energy. This can be achieved by designing a system of blinds and window treatments for your home. Programmable systems such as Lutron provides precision control of daylight – all at the touch of a button.
Utilize your shading system to save additional energy. Personalised programming of your system can take into consideration the geographical positioning and time zone of your property. For example “winter warm” would open the shades, taking advantage of sunlight warming a southern façade. “summer cool” does the opposite by lowering shades and blocking solar heat gain, thereby reducing your cooling costs.
Set the Mood
The window treatments that Majik house installs are designed to look and work beautifully. Stylish control and fabric options coupled with innovative technology elegantly transition a space to create the right amount of light for any activity.
Ease of use
Managing daylight is not restricted to a single wall station in your home. Shading systems can be controlled using a myriad of keypads, remote controls, wireless table top controls, your mobile phone or set to an astronomic time clock for automatic adjustment of shades.
By setting a pre-determined scene for “Away”, simply select this button when leaving to close all shades and restrict the view inside your home. Or, ask Lutron to mimic your movements when you’re not at home, to deter any potential threats by giving the impression that someone is always home.
Reduce Glare & Protect Furnishings
Shading systems diffuse light and prevent glare from washing out a computer or television screen. Window treatments can also protect furniture, fine art, rugs, and even wood surfaces, from the sun’s damaging UV rays.
Pays to be Dim
By using shades in conjunction with dimmers, systems can create the perfect balance between two sources of light to save energy and create an inviting environment. Dimming modifies the quantity of electric lights, which in turn are complimented by the proper shade fabric control that filters daylight. Together they save energy while providing the right amount of light for specific tasks or situation
If you would like to discover more possibilities and solutions for your home get in touch to come & view our full range of window treatments.
Porsche centre Kendal bring a fleet of their latest supercars to the Majik House showroom.
On September 9th guests from both businesses were specially invited to experience the full Range of Porsche supercars with a focus on the 718 Boxster, 718 Cayman and Macan 2 litre. Test drives were available throughout the day and the sales team from Porsche centre Kendal were on hand to answer any questions and to show the cars to their full potential.
The Majik House showroom was also on full display, where guests could experience the Dolby Atmos dedicated home cinema room with 4K projector, Audio courtesy of the Devialet sound system and an array of different lighting scenes all operated via control 4. Project managers were present on the day to showcase the experience centre at its best.
This year we were lucky enough to be joined by local sculpture Andrew Kay who brought a collection of his stunning Stags, you can find out more about Andy by clicking here.
Guests were also treated to food from local vendor Alfresco Mobile catering.
Check out the video below of highlights from the day
With more and more homes extending their “living” space into the outside area, a seamless flow of light is necessary to make it feel like one extended home. This needs the aesthetics, functionality and control to be in the design.
External lighting design isn’t just beautiful, it needs to be precise and fulfil its desired purpose. Aesthetically speaking the design needs to illuminate specific elements of the exterior architecture, focusing on unique elements of the building and garden. This process lends itself to painting with light, we can adapt the blank canvas of the night and select which elements to highlight, and which to leave in the dark. This enables us to create a very different picture to what is seen during the day.
In a practical sense the design needs to aid in bringing light to key areas used during the night time hours. This could be driveways, walkways, gates or doorways, essential outdoor areas where practical lighting is key. All these areas can also be controlled by you from the touch of a button.
You’re in Control
External lighting can be controlled as effortlessly and accurately as your internal lighting scenes.
Controlling light effectively not only enhances the experience of your outdoor space, it helps to save energy by using light when and where it is needed most. Controls can be programmed and personalised to recall favourite settings and effortlessly transform the space around you. Set your own scenes, whether it be for a party, BBQ or simply relaxing next to the fire with a glass of wine. All these variables can be programmed to come on as the sun goes down.
Lighting for all seasons and all occasions
As the seasons change, the external design of your lights has to compliment all possible variables. The lighting needs to work aesthetically on those long summer nights, through to those cold winter evenings.
As we now use our outdoor spaces more frequently throughout the year, different areas may require a different lighting style. Ambient or background lighting for chatting round the fire after dark, Task lighting for cooking or drink preparation, and Accent lighting to highlight specialties such as water features. These systems need to fulfil the need they were designed for in variants of natural light, from sunset to sunrise.
Our lighting designers will discuss how you and your family plan to use the space to achieve the most effective design for you.
Less is more
The secret to beautiful lighting design is to keep it discreet, the aim is to create a mood and enhance the atmosphere. When you focus the light on fewer carefully selected elements, the impact can be much greater. The beauty of playing with light in the dark is that you can select which areas come in to view and what doesn’t. Sometimes one well-placed wall light can work better than a dozen.
The combination of carefully chosen spotlights with some subtle understated landscape lighting brings a garden to life. Feel free to show off the space, but make it look natural.
At Majik House we have been lucky enough to be part of some very unique projects. We love a challenge and the chance to test and develop our knowledge. Every project we undertake is different and requires a fresh approach to design.
Previous projects have seen us lighting helipads that have been controlled on approach. We have individually lit 75 marble status on one estate, all programmed onto preselected scenes by the owner. Our expertise lighting designs have also made it onto Grand Designs!
There is no request too big or too extravagant, your home needs to reflect you and the way you live your life. Whether your preference is warm or cool light, discreet design or making a statement, we will be there to guide and advice.
If you have a project that you would like us to take a look at give us a ring on 015242 73578 or visit us online at www.majikhouse.com
We can make you an appointment to come and chat to one of our expert lighting designers to see how we can bring your home to life!
Please note that all images used in this article are projects lit by Majik House