I'm in need of some expert advice seeking a very happy medium between functionality and control for my wife/kids/nanny with a ~$4K budget. A little background on control needs - My wife uses her iPhone for texting, emailing, camera, games, music via iPod and some light Pandora. My kids (4 yrs & 7 yrs) use their iPod Touch for games & music. We also have a family iPad 2Our current setup in the Family Room is the following: 58 Samsung Plasma TV (PN 58C550G1F), Samsung BluRay (BD-D5700), Apple TV 2, Denon Receiver (AVR-1912), Niles 4-pair Speaker Selector (SS-4), DirecTV (HR24-100), with a NETGEAR ReadyNAS (RNDU4000 with iTunes Server, DLNA, UPnP, RAID 5) loaded with +200GBs of music & 100GBs of movies, and lights controlled by Lutron Maestro IR all controlled nicely by Harmony One Remote. Also, my entire house is wireless (n) and partially wiredFamily Room is wired with Cat5.
What I would like to do now (in order):
Hide my components in cabinets (Receiver, DirecTV, ATV, etc) = Need new remote with RF or conversion kit for Harmoney One?
Take advantage of Denon's zone 2 capabilities add (wired) speakers to my Deck, DR and Kitchen
Improve lighting control in my Family Room (2 switches) - move away from IR
Potential future add-ons:
Add network security cameras (front door, playroom, etc)
Control landscape and outdoor lighting - never a dark house
Maybe even replace a bank of switches with a keypad
HVAC - nice to have since I have Honeywell Prestige HD with Redlink Gateway control via iPhone appEcobee looks pretty slick as does NEST
I really want to build a good foundation and a very friendly and expendable system, but I tend to get hung up on proprietary technology' and don't want to over invest and have to keep updatingIs Savant and Creston Prodigy overkill? I'm thinking more like Control4
Do I need a new Universal Remote for Family Room too - we are content with Harmony One, just not convinced Zone 2 controls are as easy/fluid to usealso, need RF???