iRule is a great program
I built a 5500 sq foot home in 1999 (demolished old existing home) and had no clue how to wire/ automate it: best advise given was pre-wire as much as possible: I did that but still wish I had done more
it took a long time to settle on automation, and the technology is always changing. Best advise is go slow and do a lot of reading here on AVS and talk to as many custom installers as you can.
ended up with Lutron Radio RA 2, RTI remotes and touch panels, and lots of iPad apps: still a work in progress but I enjoy it
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