Last month I purchased a home at a discount that was known to have defective chinese drywall. I am one month into the four month remediation process, and every last inch of drywall, electrical, etc. has been removed from the property (down to the studs). I now have a clean slate to wire the home for automation, but I need to figure out all the details within the next few weeks in order to take full advantage of this opportunity.
My goals are to automate lighting, thermostat, alarm, and window treatments. I want to be able to (eventually) control everything with an iPad. My initial budget is about 15-20k, but I definitely want to purchase products with the best price/performance ratio currently available. If this means adding to the budget, then I am okay with spending more.
Below are the ground floor and second floor architecture plans, along with some photos. Hopefully they will help illustrate my descriptions.
On the first floor, I want to control the kitchen, dining room, family room, master bedroom, and living room, along with the outside courtyard and garage lights. On the second floor, just the club room.
I am installing new Trane XL20i units, but I guess all that matters is the thermostat I use to control it. Suggestions as to which thermostat brand/model would be greatly appreciated.
I am light on the details of the alarm system, but it would be great to be able to remotely arm/disarm it from my iPhone, as well as arm it from the bedroom with the iPad. Suggestions here would be greatly appreciated.
This is probably the most difficult/expensive (and probably optional) of all. My wife and I love the idea of being able to wake up in the morning and open all the blinds automatically throughout the house, and close everything in the evening when going to sleep. We do it every day manually in our current townhouse, and it's going to be infinitely more annoying with all the windows in the new place. We have agreed that it is only important on the first floor, but there are a couple of challenges. Firstly, a majority of first floor light comes from the sliding glass doors. Is it viable to automate these? Secondly, there are quite a few small windows (especially looking out to the courtyard) which may run up the cost quickly.
The electrician also said it would be a good idea to decide on the window treatment brand as quickly as possible, since the amperage would need to be calculated into the new plans. I'd love to hear suggestions.
The house was originally wired for surround sound in both the living room and loft, as well as wiring to the outside patio. However, each wiring set seemed to be isolated. The idea of playing music both inside and outside of the house is great, but my guess is we need to setup the wiring to a home run. That way we can control everything in concert. This led us to choosing under the stairs as a homerun location for the equipment. There's quite a bit of room under there, and the airflow seems sufficient.
That's pretty much all I can think of right now. Hopefully this is enough information to start getting some good recommendations, but I have many more pictures and the full architectural plans if that would help!