Alright guys, long time reader but first time poster to the board... I am in the infancy stages of building a house. They haven't even poured the footings yet. However, I want to be way ahead of the game when it comes to planning the wiring, system, possible automation. I'm known as a tech guy to all my family and friends and with me building a house like this there will be expectations as far as the cool tech gear that it will have. I want mouths to drop when people come in for the first time.. With that being said, let me give you guys a quick run down of what I want for sure and you guys feel free to throw out any cool ideas that you've heard about or implemented yourselves.. Thanks in advance for all the help..
Home will consist of a basement, main level, 2nd floor. **Will have DirecTV as service provider.. No land line telephone is planned.
Floor plans are below for your convenience.Main Level
Living Room - 56" Samsung LED above fireplace, 5.1 surround using Onkyo TXNR515 receiver
AV closet to contain (my thoughts)
-Onkyo TXNR515 7.2 receiver
-DirecTV HD DVR
-Monster Power Center component
-Some type of switch,, 24 port 10/100/1000 , possibly POE just in case for the future,, I work for an tech integrator so I can probably pick up a used Cisco 2960 or possibly a Brocade unit..
-Charter Cable modem
-Wireless AP that will cover the downstairs area.
-Possibly (2) Onkyo M-282 stereo amplifiers to power audio speakers throughout house and on deck/porch. Haven't decided how many and final locations of said speakers. Using a Monster 554 4-way speaker selector.
-Samsung Blu-Ray player
-Will be controlled by a Harmony RF remote.
Screened Porch (Dark brown portion of deck) - 32/37" LED tv that will be piggy backed off the DirecTV box in the AV closet that runs the living room television. I don't mind that they are linked and will be playing the same thing. Two on wall speakers on the screened porch as well. These two speakers are a definite in terms of whole home audio.
Master Bedroom - 37" LG LCD television on wall...using the speakers built into TV. Master will have its own DirecTV HD box. Possibly two in ceiling speakers here
Master Bath - Small 22" mounted on wall near wifes vanity area.. Planning on running an additional HDMI from DirecTV box in master to this television in the bathroom.
Garage?? Nothing for now but who knows in the future. Want to plan for the unknown. May want to have a TV or something out there one day.
Uncovered back deck - 2 on wall outdoor speakers.Basement
My office desk is kind of unique. I want to have a junction box in the floor under my desk for connections such as monitor and such can have to clean up wiring since the desk is not against a wall. Office will also have a LED tv mounted on wall opposite of the closet. However, the closet will not actually be a traditional closet. It will be open and contain my network mono laser printer and color multifunction printer. It will also include my docking station for my laptop so that I can have the most space available on my desk.
The entertainment in the basement will more than likely have two on wall LED's that will be controlled from the small AV closet beside my office. This AV closet will contain an Onkyo 5.1 receiver and a DirecTV HD box that I hope to source my office TV and the two TV's in the entertainment area. I have an existing Polk Audio 5.1 HT system that I plan on re-installing in the entertainment area. It will not however be used like a traditoinal movie watching area. More of a hangout area. The AV closet will also include another wireless AP to provide connectivity to the basement.Upstairs
No frills here. Future Kids bedrooms.. No kids yet so I will probably run coax and possibly a Cat6 drop to each room. The bonus/play room is up in the air with me.. I don't konw what to run here because for many years it will simply be a playroom for toys and such. But as the kids turn into teens... They may want to make it into a theatre room.. who knows.
Well guys,, I know that's a lot.. That's my initial brainstorm. I need ideas.. not just on wiring suggestions but everything,, what have you seen cool that I can possibly add. Automation?? Smart appliances?? I'm looking for anything smart, cool, productive, functional you can think of that I KNOW that i have either missed or just dont' know abouot.. Thanks again for all the help. I will definitely check back to answer any questions you guys have and see th responses.