Alright, they're just breaking ground on our new place so it's about time that I start making some decisions in regards to automation and wiring. I couldn't really decide on which forum to post this in, but decided I'd post in automation. The floor plan of the place can be found at http://vallagio.com/expressive_homes...s/unit_2_1.pdf
. That floor plan isn't exactly right. The only thing that is different is that the basement is going to be one big open room (will be finished, but no bedroom, etc). I am thinking that we will use part of it to build a separate home theater, but that's not too important, I think.
Here's what I would like to accomplish (I already have some ideas, but am definitely open for suggestions). Whole home automation, as in security, lights, audio, and video. I have a lot of computer/programming experience so it appears that CQC would be very good for this (it's too bad crestron/amx aren't open, but thats a different thing altogether). As for locations for panels, I'm not really sure yet... suggestions here would be great. Wall mountable panels that can be removed seem like a pretty good option.
There's a few things that are already going to be implemented in the place, but I wouldn't have a problem pulling them out if it was necessary. The HVAC is a Carrier infinity system. It does have RS232 control capability so I figure I could write a driver for that. Also, the security system that they can install (if I wanted) is a GE system. I'm not sure on specifics, but I do think it would be nice to have them do all the door/window sensors and motion detectors. I assume then that I could wire them in to something like the Elk M1 panel. With this I could do stuff like turning the HVAC off if a door or window is open for more than a certain period of time, etc.
In regards to whole home audio I was thinking either Russound, Nuvo, or Niles. Really, I don't want separate keypads for audio, so something that has capability to be fully controlled by CQC would be nice. I will probably decide on a brand/range of speakers for WHA before hand and have brackets installed (unless there is a reason not to).
It would be nice to be able to centrally locate all of the video equipment in a rack. The Audio Authority Avatrix looks pretty promising for this sort of thing. But then again I could just do a matrix switch. Of course either one of these requires different prewiring, thats why I'm asking for some opinions now. Also it would be nice to have centralized access to DVD's. The klaeidescape system appears to be the best, but are there any other options which are pretty good for this sort of thing? Klaeidescape is definitely not cheap.
This is starting to get quite long hah... Anyways, for the lights I was looking at some of the RF systems. Lutron RadioRA, and then the Zwave system from Leviton. I know theres quite a few more options... any suggestions here?
I think that pretty much covers everything... not as brief as I was hoping, but that should be it. Any other suggestions for fun things are definitely welcome. I just need to figure out what the plan is now so that I can get a prewire plan in place. Especially in regards to the WHA, Video, Security, and keypads. Thanks for any feedback.