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A minimalist smart technology solution for a high-end new build

Sometimes, our clients are as tech-obsessed as we are and revel in all things smart, but others are looking for expert advice and guidance on a subject that can be utterly perplexing to them. These clients need a professional they can trust to help to deliver a finished system that offers them solutions to issues they didn’t know they needed! This was certainly the case for our client, Deborah, whose brief was to provide understated yet beautiful tech solutions for her new home. Here, we explore how at times, less is more and how the team at  Symbiotic Smart Homes worked to create a smart-home solution that surpassed client expectations. A beautiful new build Deborah Richards, Founder of Maddisons Residential Estate Agency in Tunbridge Wells, is no less than a property specialist. After years of buying, selling and developing property, alongside running her successful residential sales and lettings agency, it was time for her to embark on a rather exceptional ‘forever home’ by way of a new-build project. With such an important venture, Symbiotic Smart Homes were thrilled to be invited to help install some smart tech. A solid solution for a unique home Deborah’s dream home was constructed from

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Unlocking the magic: all you need to know about home cinemas

Imagine immersing yourself in a cinematic escape within your home — a dream made possible by the wonders of a home cinema. In this guide, Charlie Hibbins, the Director of Symbiotic Smart Homes, unveils the secrets of home cinema projects, explores their benefits, and shares invaluable tips to help you create the perfect cinematic haven. How much does a home cinema really cost? Dispelling the myth that a home cinema is a luxury afforded only to the super rich, Charlie clarifies, “For a small cinema room, costs can start from around £17,000. This would be for a full installation of hardware, software, furniture, acoustics and lighting.” Of course, the bigger the room, the larger the screen or projector you will need, with more speakers required to provide the optimum experience. Larger cinema rooms can cost upwards of £150,000, with the top-end projects easily exceeding £250,000, but Charlie explains that you can still enjoy fantastic results at the smaller end of the scale: “When you have a large room – 12 seats or more – the cost increase is exponential and, of course, we love working on projects such as these. However, we take great satisfaction in the smaller jobs; working

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How Smart Homes Will Evolve in 2024: A Symbiotic Vision for Sustainable, AI-Powered Living

As we approach the end of another year, the anticipation of technological advancements fuels our curiosity about the future. What transformations will the next 12 months bring to our homes? In this insight we will share our compelling vision for 2024, exploring the integration of sustainable living, artificial intelligence, health-focused technologies, and the sheer enjoyment of smart home experiences. Read on for a glimpse into the future. Sustainable Living: A Smart Choice In a world increasingly attuned to environmental impact, the prospect of sustainable living takes centre stage. We are at the forefront of this shift, as more clients are seeking ways to integrate sustainable smart systems into their homes, not only to reduce their carbon footprint but also to enjoy the added benefit of lowered energy bills. From solar panels harnessing energy to smart heating systems optimising efficiency, the possibilities are diverse. Crucially, smart homes provide real-time data, empowering homeowners to make informed decisions about energy consumption. Smart appliances play their part, offering insights to maintain peak efficiency across the home. AI-Powered Harmony Artificial Intelligence (AI) dominated headlines in 2023, and in 2024 its impact on our daily lives is set to become even more pronounced. We envision that

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Keep everyone happy this Christmas with smart tech

The shops are already full of seasonal merchandise and decorations, and as we plan for the most wonderful time of the year, the reality is that it can often be one of the most stressful – how to please everyone, all the time? A house full of relatives can lead to stresses over who has the best seat when you watch a Christmas special together or battles over the thermostats. Charlie Hibbins, Managing Director of Symbiotic Smart Homes, explains how smart home technology can put a smile on everyone’s faces this Christmas.   The ultimate Christmas film setup Whether it’s Elf or Home Alone, settling down to a family Christmas film should be a multi-generational joy, rather than a battle for the best seat. A home cinema can ensure prime position for everyone – with options for seat memory function, so everyone can sink into their favourite position before the lights have dimmed – and enjoy a truly immersive experience with stunning resolution and surround sound. If a super luxe cinema room is out of your budget, a specially designed media wall is a great way to create a cinematic feel in your living room. With the right design, lighting,

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Efficient Winter Home: How smart technology can cut your fuel bills

As summer bids us farewell and the allure of autumn evenings and festive gatherings beckons, many of us also turn our attention to the impending winter and the dread of soaring fuel bills. Thankfully, innovative technology offers solutions to keep your home cosy while minimising energy consumption. Charlie Hibbins, Managing Director of Symbiotic Smart Homes, unveils some clever ways to help you weather the winter fuel bills and transform your home into an all-season haven. Close the cold out with tech Smart curtains and blinds are rapidly gaining popularity – and for very good reasons. Not only do they add a touch of style to your home, but they also serve a practical purpose by helping to retain heat. These curtains are often thick and luxurious, and sometimes even light-blocking. They can reduce the amount of warm air escaping through your windows. By using smart programming to automatically close curtains or blinds at specific times of the day, you can ensure that more of the precious heat generated by your heating system stays inside your home. This not only benefits the environment but also your wallet. What’s more, smart windows and blinds can also come to the rescue during hot

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A minimalist smart technology solution for a high-end new build

Sometimes, our clients are as tech-obsessed as we are and revel in all things smart, but others are looking for expert advice and guidance on a subject that can be utterly perplexing to them. These clients need a professional they can trust to help to deliver a finished system that offers them solutions to issues they didn’t know they needed! This was certainly the case for our client, Deborah, whose brief was to provide understated yet beautiful tech solutions for her new home. Here, we explore how at times, less is more and how the team at  Symbiotic Smart Homes worked to create a smart-home solution that surpassed client expectations. A beautiful new build Deborah Richards, Founder of Maddisons Residential Estate Agency in Tunbridge Wells,

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Unlocking the magic: all you need to know about home cinemas

Imagine immersing yourself in a cinematic escape within your home — a dream made possible by the wonders of a home cinema. In this guide, Charlie Hibbins, the Director of Symbiotic Smart Homes, unveils the secrets of home cinema projects, explores their benefits, and shares invaluable tips to help you create the perfect cinematic haven. How much does a home cinema really cost? Dispelling the myth that a home cinema is a luxury afforded only to the super rich, Charlie clarifies, “For a small cinema room, costs can start from around £17,000. This would be for a full installation of hardware, software, furniture, acoustics and lighting.” Of course, the bigger the room, the larger the screen or projector you will need, with more speakers required

Read More »

How Smart Homes Will Evolve in 2024: A Symbiotic Vision for Sustainable, AI-Powered Living

As we approach the end of another year, the anticipation of technological advancements fuels our curiosity about the future. What transformations will the next 12 months bring to our homes? In this insight we will share our compelling vision for 2024, exploring the integration of sustainable living, artificial intelligence, health-focused technologies, and the sheer enjoyment of smart home experiences. Read on for a glimpse into the future. Sustainable Living: A Smart Choice In a world increasingly attuned to environmental impact, the prospect of sustainable living takes centre stage. We are at the forefront of this shift, as more clients are seeking ways to integrate sustainable smart systems into their homes, not only to reduce their carbon footprint but also to enjoy the added benefit of

Read More »

Keep everyone happy this Christmas with smart tech

The shops are already full of seasonal merchandise and decorations, and as we plan for the most wonderful time of the year, the reality is that it can often be one of the most stressful – how to please everyone, all the time? A house full of relatives can lead to stresses over who has the best seat when you watch a Christmas special together or battles over the thermostats. Charlie Hibbins, Managing Director of Symbiotic Smart Homes, explains how smart home technology can put a smile on everyone’s faces this Christmas.   The ultimate Christmas film setup Whether it’s Elf or Home Alone, settling down to a family Christmas film should be a multi-generational joy, rather than a battle for the best seat. A

Read More »

Efficient Winter Home: How smart technology can cut your fuel bills

As summer bids us farewell and the allure of autumn evenings and festive gatherings beckons, many of us also turn our attention to the impending winter and the dread of soaring fuel bills. Thankfully, innovative technology offers solutions to keep your home cosy while minimising energy consumption. Charlie Hibbins, Managing Director of Symbiotic Smart Homes, unveils some clever ways to help you weather the winter fuel bills and transform your home into an all-season haven. Close the cold out with tech Smart curtains and blinds are rapidly gaining popularity – and for very good reasons. Not only do they add a touch of style to your home, but they also serve a practical purpose by helping to retain heat. These curtains are often thick and

Read More »