NEW home help needed !
First let me introduce myself I ‘am a man of wealth and taste …. Uhhh seriously I ‘am a men and I will excuse myself for my English I speak it all the time but I rarely write it.
I have found this forum and I ‘am very pleased with some on the answers that I have found but what I realize is that all the « problems » are different ass the solutions.
This is my project an eco friendly house built on 4 acres on a mountain beside the ski slope a dream project, my wife and I and very young professional that are tech savvy, but we have no experience with home automation. I ‘am building the house myself with the help of some professional and family members.
This is what I will like the house to do:
• Control lightings and a couple off swath for phantom electronic equipment,
• HVAC bosch geothermal and a heated slab for the basement and the garage (the slab will be heated with a GE GeoSpring hybrid water heater) I also have a wine cellar on a completely different system (can’t recall the name)
• Alarm system and a video surveillance for the outside + garages doors and entry doors (like the Yale deadbolt look)
• Music and Video and home theatre
I don’t need the best in everything and I understand from reading in this forum that a full integration is more expensive that having integrated application that run with different software (Ipad Iphone App). I will like a system as integrated as possible but I have a budget and I ‘am a cheap bastard I will also like shortcut I don’t want to have to always open my Ipad to shut a light. Look is something important for me I ‘am a fashionable Geek
Lightings: I believe Insteon is the best choice for DIY right now is this affirmation correct?
HVAC: Simple I want to control the temperature but I want it to adjust by itself in away mode etc.
Security I know nothing about this but I was recommended ELK for brain and security, I ‘am very open to suggestions regarding security what to do not to do what type of camera to use is camera really necessary. What garage door opener should I buy?
Music and home theatre this is a great debate on this forum
I have an audiophile dedicated stereo system PS Audio PerfectWave Dac with a server with 15 000 songs that I have rip from my CD collection in apple lossless. This system is in the living room and I have an app to navigate it « the Elyric » App is the only downside of this setup but they is constant upgrade beside this is truly an amazing DAC that I use as a preamp is well. Ok back to the music part the in wall speaker will only be use to listen to music in the garage while working and in the bathroom listening the morning news no critical listening will be done and the home theatre will have a dedicated system.
This is my plan: HTD brain + a number of wall controller + sonos or squeezebox to have access to my library (but I will navigate whit an IPad/Iphone) + second hand multichannel amp + tuner
Is there a better solution and all sonos is out of the equation could I use more effectively my home theatre brain Marantz AV7005 and air play? As anyone integrated a home audio to a Kohler DTV II shower?
Video 3 TV and a projector what is the best option for HDMI cat5e/6 matrix Altona is what I was quoted on but that things is so expensive I have seen 400 $ one on ebay with the « same specs » ?
Cabling I was thinking 4 x Cat6 in each room is this overkill?
The house is on the larger side with more than 3000 sq feet and a lot of open space with a couple of ceiling fan (no light) that I want to control is well
In the next couple of week I will decide and buy everything so when the project starts (July) I will have everything.
Thanks and sorry for the length of the post.