The per­fect bach­e­lor pad

WHEN IT COMES TO HOMES, A CLEAN SLATE CAN BE DIF­FI­CULT TO CON­TEND WITH. BUT WITH A LIT­TLE GUID­ANCE, IT’S POS­SI­BLE TO CRE­ATE THE PER­FECT PAD.

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buy­ers now look at hav­ing an ipad in ev­ery room, loaded with a sim­ple home con­trol soft­ware that con­trols every­thing – from the lights and the blinds to the mu­sic and TVS – in that room. ‘Global’ ipads are also avail­able, al­low­ing users to con­trol every­thing within the whole house. Nat­u­rally, it’s all fully cus­tomis­able and set up ex­actly how the cus­tomer wants it. There are also con­trol units that can be in­stalled on the walls, like AC con­trol units are, yet they’re able to ad­just var­i­ous different parts of the house.

“For ex­am­ple, we have an au­toma­tion unit by Philips Dy­nalite. You go near it and it lights up. If I go to different zones, I can dim all the lights, I can then do cli­mate con­trol, fan speeds, tem­per­a­ture con­trol. From one switch, I’ve got full con­trol of the whole building,” Bur­rows says.

“Also, if you press the ‘away’ but­ton, the whole place goes into night-time mode. It con­trols all of the rooms, so if you were leav­ing your house, you could press ‘security mode’, and all of the blinds go down, all the lights go off, all the mu­sic goes off, all the tele­vi­sions turn off, and all the AC units are set to what you want - one but­ton by the front door does it. And you have one but­ton when you ar­rive back; it lets the house know you’re home, and it knows what time of day it is and what your pre­ferred set­ting is for that mo­ment. It’s all pre-pro­grammed to do ex­actly what you want.”

Another big tech­no­log­i­cal fea­ture that of­ten ap­pears in per­fect homes is the home cinema. Granted, most pent­house apart­ments – “I al­ways imag­ine a pent­house apart­ment when talk­ing about bach­e­lor pads,” says Bur­rows – don’t have the space for a full-blown cinema room. How­ever, there are plenty of homes in the Mid­dle East that can ac­com­mo­date pri­vate cin­e­mas, and buy­ers are find­ing them in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar.

“In quite a lot of cin­e­mas we do, we put the cinema seats at the back and then a big sofa sec­tion at the front, so ev­ery­one can crash out at the front. And it’s not just for movies, it’s football matches, it’s video games, peo­ple stream­ing movies from their ipads onto the screen. It’s be­com­ing a very, very pop­u­lar room,” he says.

The com­pany has also just be­gun a re­la­tion­ship with IMAX so that clients ac­tu­ally have the full IMAX ex­pe­ri­ence in their homes. Another prod­uct IMAX of­fers is called Pre­miere - which is es­sen­tially a movies-on-de­mand ser­vice. But what makes it spe­cial is that cus­tomers get ac­cess to the movies, at home, as soon as they’re re­leased in the cinema in America.

“Peo­ple who don’t par­tic­u­larly want to go to the movies with ev­ery­one else, can sit at home and watch the lat­est movies the same day it comes out. We think it’s go­ing to be very pop­u­lar here – we’ve al­ready

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