Visitors to the Andrew Lucas London stand (H540) at this year’s show will be able to design their own smart home, home cinema or virtual reality room and receive an instant, accurate estimation of costs in a matter of minutes, using the company’s brand new project calculator tool.
The online quotation tool covers Andrew Lucas’ three main services: smart homes, virtual reality rooms and home cinemas. For a smart home project, prospective homeowners can input the basic details of their property and select up to three packages – security, comfort and entertainment. These can then be personalised with several technology upgrades, finishes and additional control interfaces, with a price estimate adjusting in real-time to show not only the price of equipment, but also projected extra costs such as labour, cabling and aftercare.
“One of the main frustrations a typical smart home customer has, is in understanding the ‘hidden’ costs that occur in a smart home project,” explains Krystian Zajac, chairman and founder of Andrew Lucas London. “Our new quotation tool brings complete transparency to the quotation process, letting our customers understand exactly what costs are incurred by certain areas of the smart home and allowing them to tailor their property to suit their needs – and their budget.”
Those looking to add home technology to their next building project will be able to access the quotation platform directly from the Andrew Lucas site (andrew-lucas.com), where they can instantly generate a customised estimate for their home cinema, VR room or smart home for free.
This new tool will be showcased to the general public for the first time at Ideal Home Show 2017, which takes place from 24th March – 9th April 2017 at Olympia, London. Visitors to the Andrew Lucas stand will be able to try the smart home tool on the stand and design their own projects from scratch, as well as being able to try a number of systems that Andrew Lucas regularly integrates into its smart home projects. This provides visitors with the chance to see how various systems will function before they decide to include it in their own smart home projects.
Andrew Lucas London has made its name over the years as one of the leading specialists in luxury smart homes and, while this new tool is aimed at a wider consumer audience, it will not reduce the company’s dedication to quality when it comes to integrating technology into the home.
“Our portfolio is evolving in line with the times; we’re responding to a changing market where the smart home is no longer the preserve of the extremely wealthy,” Zajac explains. “We see these packages as an extension to the service we already provide and, no matter the size or budget of the project, we will continue to offer the same premium service upon which we have built our reputation upon over the last decade.
“For those scenarios where our clients require something truly bespoke, we will continue to offer luxury technology solutions for such smart home projects, as and when the need arises.”
A competition, giving show visitors the chance to win an Amazon Echo or Amazon Dot for their home, will take place on stand and online for the duration of the show. See terms and conditions below for more details.
Virtual reality design for the home
One zone will let visitors experience gaming as it would be in a dedicated VR room set-up, while the other will feature a virtual smart home from sister company Andrew Lucas Studios (lucas-studios.com), a design consultancy that specialises in VR and AR visualisations. These virtual experiences allow prospective homeowners to explore their properties in incredible detail and suggest changes before construction begins on their project.
Both experiences will be shown using Oculus Rift technology, though Andrew Lucas Studios’ VR experiences can also be viewed using phone-based headsets such as Google Daydream and even directly on a mobile, tablet or desktop screen.
Visitors will get the chance to try Andrew Lucas Studios’ proprietary seamless navigation, which allows users to move themselves around an entire property in a similar manner to Google Street View, letting them dwell on the aspects that interest them and interact with the space around them, giving them a clear idea of the proposed solution and any design or technology options that might be available to them.
“Virtual reality can be an incredibly useful tool for clarifying in the customer’s mind exactly what an architect or smart home specialist is hoping to achieve,” submits Hamza Abbas, Sales Director at Andrew Lucas Studios. “A video flythrough or 3D render can offer a certain level of insight, but a VR experience is a much more realistic experience – with the added bonus of letting the prospective homeowner explore their property at a pace that suits them.”
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