17th Century Barn for 21st century living
A rare, four-bay, pre-1750’s timber-frame barn in Betchworth, Surrey, has been saved from complete dereliction by its present owners, who were keen to restore the 400 year old property for use as a home and business premises.
Set in a staggeringly beautiful location in Mole Valley in the North Downs, Potters Farm Barn has been brought back to life and into the 21st century and Scolmore’s Click iNELS Wireless Control System has been installed throughout to control the lighting both inside and outside this impressive property.
As part of the renovation process, the whole barn had to be raised up off the ground, while the basement was dug out underneath to make room for an expanded living area.
‘Ease of installation’ and ‘minimum disruption to the fabric of the building’, were the key drivers behind the decision to go for the iNELS system, which was installed by contractor, Leon Victor of Victor Construction & Development: Comments Leon: “The client wanted to be able to control the lighting throughout the property – inside and outside - from one central point and to ensure that maximum energy savings were made by creating timed control so that lights are only on when needed. We were able to use the lighting controls to create different moods in different areas of the house and to simulate occupancy when they are away on holiday to add to the security of the property. The client is also able to turn on the lighting from the driveway when they come home in the evenings, and the lamps beside the sofas are controlled using switch socket actuators.”
Suitable for both refurbishment and new build projects, the Click iNELS system offers simple and flexible installation, requiring no additional cables or wall cutting. It allows for significant energy savings and easy programming, with a unique one-touch centralised control panel that allows appliances, shutters, blinds, gates, latches and garage doors to be set and adjusted.