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What you want is ridiculously expensive, DIY or professionally installed. It will cost you a lot of money.
Once you've understood that concept, I suggest spending as much time as you can reading online. The pros have the advantage of spending years learning this stuff, with formal manufacturer training.
I think what you need is a low-voltage wiring plan that will allow you to do what you want after the drywall is up. You've got the basics, but there are some pitfalls to avoid, e.g. distance limitations of HDMI.
Your local LV installer may be able to offer you additional options than you've provided. But that takes time to put together, and prepare to pay for it. If you don't want to DIY eventually, bite the bullet and do it now.
Yes, there are ways to avoid paying really high costs, but they involve limitations to the system. IMO, it's a lot easier to control a home with an integrated system, using a whole-house controller, vs. multiple apps.
Find an AV installer with good references, preferably from someone you know. Ask around at work. I think that's the first step to finding a pro who doesn't make you feel 'ripped off', a common feeling I have when speaking with ANY salesman. Like shopping for a dentist or physician, hopefully this is a long-term relationship.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. -Buddha
Give a monkey a brain and he'll swear he's the center of the universe. -Fishbone