Robin Berkhuizen (43y) lives in Landskrona, Sweden, with his wife Katarina (37y) and daughters Lia and Lo. Robin runs Emrahus; it’s a company that designs and builds adapted social housing for disabled people and people with special needs. Katarina is a social educator.
“The house is really designed around our way of living,” says Robin who, together with the architect Marco Pusterla, designed the villa. There is, for example, a dance studio as both daughters enjoy dancing. And as the couple don’t plan on moving again, they’ve created a home that will suit the couple once the children have left home. The 4-floor house — with a lift — is designed to be scaled down by 80 square metres and turned into a separate three-room apartment.
Can smart home solutions make life a little easier? Robin Berkhuizen certainly thinks so. He likes how different products can be integrated to avoid having separate remote controls for everything.
The family installed Niko’s Digital Black touch screens in every room. “Even in the garage,” says Robin. As lighting is controlled via pre-set scenarios, it’s easy to create both ‘cosy lighting’ and ‘practical lighting scenarios.’ “It is very convenient to come home to a house that lights up automatically,” says Robin.
The family has created a number of different pre-set scenarios that they use on a daily basis. When they go to bed, they have a setting that turns off the entire house. Similarly in the morning they can turn everything on again. They also have a “clean” function that turns on all the lights with a single push of a button. “It is most useful to have maximum light everywhere,” Robin explains.
When asked who Robin would recommend Niko’s products to, he answers “everyone, but especially those people with more than three lighting points in the same room. If you only have three lights, you can turn them on and off by yourself, but as soon as you have more, Niko Home Control is the most practical and elegant solution.”