WebBrick Smart Home Waterfront Retreat Case Study

Home owner Julian Stone chats about the extensive refurbishment of his waterfront property that has been extended twice in previous centuries. He talks about how he came to choose the WebBrick smart home system and how it integrates the various control systems in his home, as well as how it fits into family life.

“This waterfront retreat is built in an idyllic location, with access primarily by water or a fifteen-minute walk through private woods from the nearest road. However this does mean there are no neighbours to keep an eye on the property while it is empty or to attend to any problems that may arise.

This led the developer to consider home automation technologies to provide the owners with remote monitoring and control of heating, security, lighting and other aspects of the building while they were away.

However to preserve the feeling of a secluded, natural retreat, they wanted all the technology to be completely hidden. So WebBrick Systems implemented a solution where the lights are operated by standard wall switches or dials and it all operates without any control panels or access devices built into walls. This arrangement is also beneficial for guests, as there are no new controls for them to learn.”

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6 Comments on "WebBrick Smart Home Waterfront Retreat Case Study"

  1. This looks like a promising system but the information about the product prices is hard if not impossible to find.

    Without price this information is useless.

    It is actually even harder to find what the products are. Only small pictures are displayed on the website and link to the technical information is redirecting to the community forum.

    No information about specifiactions, only big fancy talk.

    So please, WebBrick, provide more usuful information and you may find more customers.

  2. yep, we tried & tried to find out tangible things about it & totally failed – best we managed was find a couple of clues that seemed to suggest it was a fully wired solution that would involve having web-bricks distributed around the house, coordinated by a central controller which could also link to other systems & the outside world.

    their blurb mentioned Nabaztag could be integrated, which sounded v.interesting …

  3. I too gave up on WebBrick, couldn’t work out exactly what it does, what it would cost, how it works, so went with companies that provided better information.

  4. Dear Automated Home Users. We take your criticisms seriously and I’m very sorry that you’ve not found the WebBrick website useful and usable.

    We have a new site in production, which will be live at the end of this month. We’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about how we present our technology.

    Our aim is for people to be able to understand what we do, our costs, how products are installed and their benefits in just a few minutes . I would be very happy to mail you links to the Beta version of our new site so that you can provide feedback. In fact, I’d love to do this.

    We remain a UK-based home automation manufacturer who is committed to making the benefits of home automation accessible to everyone. A fully automated home can be achieved for less than 10K. Our lighting solutions start at just a few hundred pounds.

    Please accept my apologies once more.

    Joanne Skerry

  5. The Insider | April 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm |

    I don’t quite know why there’s so much secrecy. A ‘WebBrick’ retails for around £500.
    Each webbrick has:
    4 x Mains voltage outputs for on/off lights
    4 x 0-10 volt analogue outputs (wire to NJD DP10000 dimmer packs for affordable dimming).
    12 x digital inputs for connecting switches, pirs, door contacts etc.
    2 x double polre relays
    A serial output
    An infrared output.
    A network socket
    Simple configuration is done via a built in configuration interface.

  6. Paul Cullender | September 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm |

    Is this company still going – seems that all the web links are dead.

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