Strike a Balance Between Protection and Style With the Right Tools
When you’re designing a project, most of the focus will go into highlighting the home’s best features and bringing out your client’s unique style. As you choose the ideal colors, furnishing, or lighting to accomplish this goal, are you considering how you can protect your client’s investment? In today’s world, integrating security technology seamlessly into your design plans is pivotal.
Home surveillance systems can be some of the most difficult for designers to integrate. Though many technology components can be hidden away, surveillance cameras are useful in part because they’re visible. On this blog, we’re highlighting some elements you should consider to ensure your clients have ample security coverage that doesn’t interfere with their stylistic goals.
Reduce Clutter with the Right Camera Choices
Like we mentioned in our previous blog, camera selection can have a significant impact on a home surveillance system. For the most part, we discussed the practical implications, but camera selection can have stylistic repercussions as well. We can work with your client to decide when they should use covert or overt surveillance.
On some occasions, especially for entryways, it’s crucial that cameras be readily visible. Even then, you can choose models and coverings that match the home, so they aren’t the first thing visitors notice. Rely on more covert options for the interior including discreet dome ceiling cameras or even modular ones that can disappear into tight spaces.
Varying features can also limit the number of cameras needed, reducing the clutter throughout the house. Explore models that offer wide fields of vision including those with pan, tilt and zoom capabilities or panoramic cameras.
Find the Ideal Placement for All Cameras
Location will play a big part in seamlessly integrating a home surveillance system. Envision exactly how many cameras will be needed to cover the space. Work with a professional who can expertly measure field of visions for each camera to get maximum coverage with the least amount of cameras.
How can you make sure cameras don’t stand out too much? In outdoor settings, you can place bullet cameras under roof awnings and high above eye level. Visitors won’t be likely to notice them, but potential thieves scoping out the home will. Place the dome cameras inside centrally in the ceiling where they are out of direct view but able to cover the entire room.
Have a Thorough Wiring Foundation from the Start
Once you know which cameras to use and where they need to go, it’s essential to lay the proper wiring framework. This is the main reason that surveillance needs to be considered during the home’s build and design phase. Every camera needs to connect back to the video server directly or in the case of IP models connect to the home’s network.
Putting this wiring foundation off to a later time will result in a costly and invasive installation for the client. Not only that, but a DIY setup later on likely means a lot of visible wires that will clash with the décor and present safety hazards. Instead, you should work with a professional specialized in documenting and installing these systems from the start. Reduce clutter with all wires discreetly hidden within walls and all additional surveillance equipment placed in a dedicated closet.
Ensure that your client’s brand new home is adequately protected with a professionally installed surveillance system. For more information on our technology solutions and our experience working with designers and architects, you can reach out by calling (415) 993-7600 or chatting with a live representative on the bottom right of your screen.