Thanks for your responses! No budget in mind. I'm fortunate in that I have enough resources to handle things if it gets expensive, HOWEVER, I also tend to get really into this stuff and would have no problem putting in the labor (and research) necessary to have a nice final outcome. I also tend to look for bargains and would rather spend my $$ in other areas that I'm less interested in putting my personal efforts.
Everything will be homerun to the mechanical room in my basement.
My main questions:
1. Is Sonos a reasonable option for the whole house audio? I'll have a zone in the "living room, kitchen, bedroom 1/2/3, master bathroom, study, outdoor deck, gameroom". (I might not install all zones at first, but will wire them with speaker wire for the future of course). All I'd need to do is run the speaker wire accordingly and decide later if I'll need to add amplifiers or not?
2. Gramin, why 5 runs of CAT6 to each TV location? This is one area that my knowledge is out-dated. If you'd rather not elaborate and could even point me in a direction of research, I'm happy to pick it up from your direction...
3. I wasn't planning to have a Control4 system setup myself, where the entire house is connected and automated, but I figured that I'd at least setup individual video streamers at each TV (to stream content from my central NAS drive).
4. For basic lighting and house monitoring automation, I was thinking that we could look into the basic options by Guardian and ADT. Is that silly and overpriced versus a self-contained system? We just want basic controls for our lights and garage door/etc, we're not too worried about extravagant settings. Unless of course, those settings could be had for a nice price.
If I'm in over my head, also feel free to tell me that I need to pay for a professional. I'm not sure what i'd decide, but advice like that could also be valuable... It's a $650k house and I'm a techy. I'd just rather not waste $10k-$20k on something that I could chug through myself!