This thread is a progress of my newly built (actually still being built) home. After years of researching, i finally was able to design and build a custom house with all the toys i wanted in it (on a budget of course).
I have a dedicated theater room in the basement with all the sound proofing goodies inside (see my thread in the theater construction forum). In regards to home automation, I went with an HAI Omni Pro 2 controller for alarm and automation duties. HVAC control, music, lighting, security, etc. It was affordable and did what I needed it to, so im happy about that. I like their touchscreens (if i plan on ever going that route.... and yes, i did prewire for them), but for the time being I'm going to be controlling everything from my iphone/ipod touch.
Lighting control is a Lutron Homeworks 4 system with keypads everywhere and one a handful of switches (bathrooms, closets, etc.). I initially was going to go with a Homeworks 8 system, but the added cost really didn't offer me anything more that the 4 could do. Instead of having the remote dimming modules, I placed the wallbox power modules in the electrical closet next to the Lutron control panel and have all homerun wiring to the basement. The system is designed to have 8 wallbox power modules to control all the home lighting and the closets/baths will have the maestro switches tied in. SeeTouch keypads are wired throughout the house so no more 10 switch banks on the walls.
Music control is going to be a Russound MCA-C5 controller with keypads in different locations. 6 zones and about 4 sources I will be going with in my home. Doorbell muting, etc. is going to be a nice feature.
The HAI panel with control everything and will be accessed via the iphone. It will tie in the lutron lighting (ie. turn on all the exterior lights when the alarm is triggered), music control, etc. via their customizable touchscreens (future idea for me).
Structured wiring is not as crazy as i've done in the past, but still quite extensive. Ethernet to all rooms, phone, and 2 caox. 1 coax for cable, 1 for camera. 3 structured wiring panels to house everything in, plus 1 panel for alarm and 1 for lutron.
Security has been prewired for 4 exterior cameras and will be plugged into a dvr. Alarm, motion, sensors, etc. in all locations.