Property: NEW HOMES Innovation from the Shells of History

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Innovation is the key to award-winning style in an unusual new development, officially launched this month at Bibury in Gloucestershire.

The homes at Bibury Stud by Mullion are not entirely new - created from former barns and farm buildings.

But inside the carefully restored shells is enough Tomorrow's World technology to set these exclusive homes in a class of their own.

Marketed as 'intelligent housing', the scheme won the 2000 Homes Innovation Award last year for its impressive list of extras and proving that 21st century gadgetry can work in a period setting.

Included is the 'Smartspace', a multi functional room developed and trademarked by Mullion, suitable as home office, art studio, guest bedroom, hi-fi room or even a suite for a disabled owner or visitor.

Fitted wall units can be closed for greater floor space or, at the touch of a button, release work table or double bed. In a corner is a hidden sink with lid and flexible, tuckaway tap and also included, space for filing, books, CDs and clothes.

Fitted as standard are dedicated fax and moden lines, digital PABX telephone system and Smartspace panels throughout the house for instant control of lighting, sound systems, an assistance line and even curtains.

Low level lighting can be activated at night from the main bedroom to allow people to move to the house bathroom without disturbing others.

There is a heat recovery and ventilation system cleaning and filtering air and a central vacuum system doing away with the need for heavy cleaning equipment.

And emergency panels allow instant push button calls for help in case of illness of accident, all monitored round the clock by a control station.

There are even induction loops in the living room and main bedrooms for the possible use of people with hearing problems and a well planned layout, equally suitable for able bodied and disabled: ground floor shower rooms and wide doorways. …