The Ridings

Luke Murphy
21st January 2020 in Case Studies
With luxury as standard 

The Ridings is a new homes development situated on the Western edge of Reading consisting of 3, 4 and 5-bed properties. The development boasts 35 beautiful properties in total, with seven bespoke house types to choose from meaning The Ridings offers something for everyone, from first time buyers to families looking to upscale. 

These homes have been designed to provide spacious open-plan living areas for modern lifestyles and have been built to the highest of quality standards, with features such as carpets, flooring and built-in appliances included at no extra cost to the buyer.


Location: Tilehurst, Reading

Start of construction: March 2018

Completion: January 2020

Homes: 35

A development with a difference 

To help Darcliffe Homes portray their luxury properties, they decided to build a showhome – letting potential buyers see what life could be like in their brand new home. In their showhome, which we were lucky enough to be able to spend the day in, there was an additional brief of home automation. As, although this was not standard throughout the development, it was an optional upgrade offered to all new homeowners. Darcliffe Homes recognised the importance of being able to demonstrate the endless benefits of automation and hence made sure that their showhome was fully kitted out.

By doing this, they allowed people to see and experience everything that would be on offer to them. Then the customers could decide which aspects they wanted to include in their own home. 

The route we decided to use was offer it in our showhome as the full package, so that all prospective buyers can come in, see what the possibilities are and decide whether it’s for them or not. Importantly it gave them the opportunity to be different to their next-door neighbour which is often lost in a new homes development.

Jonny Denton

Residential Sales Manager, Darcliffe Homes

In this showhome…

Smartworks and Darcliffe Homes have managed to include smart lighting throughout the property whilst staying true to the design of the home. The lounge, kitchen/diner, master bedroom and main bathroom all have colour changing lighting whilst the rest of the house is fitted with dimmable lighting. Every room is fitted with a Touch Pure, allowing simple and intuitive operation of the lights. Smart Sockets have also been used to connect lamps into the Loxone ecosystem.

The homes heating schedule is fully automated with Loxone, meaning that it never has to be touched. Rooms will simply be at the desired temperatures at the correct times. A modern home is multipurpose and hence a one-size-fits-all house temperature is outdated – that’s why this home has individual room control. This means a pleasantly cool 18°C in the bedroom, a comfortably warm 23°C in the bathroom and a cosy 21.5°C in the living room are all possible at once.

The inherent security features of Loxone are included in this property. The homeowners would be alerted at the first sign of something being amiss. The beauty of the Loxone Air product range is that additional Motion Sensors, wireless Door & Window Contacts and Water Sensors can be added to the system for extra peace of mind.

Centralised control
A Loxone Smart Home just works around you without the need to continually adjust things. However, should someone want to change something Smartworks have installed an iPad with a sleek iPad wallmount – giving homeowners a convenient centralised point of control.

Involving a company like ourselves means Darcliffe have experience available to them throughout the whole process, so we can inject ideas in at the design stage, we understand the common challenges that some of the trades may face during the installation and then can be there to ensure a smooth handover at the end. 

Jack Morgan

Director, Smartworks

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