Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum and home control in general. Just a little on my background...I have an aas in industrial electronics, some various certs in personal computers and networking, and pretty familiar with electrical working in general. However home automation is new to Me. I've been looking at different systems / controllers and devices etc. I like control4 simply for ease of use for the wife and child, but also due to fit and finish. What I do not like about it is of course the whole dealer only install and expansion. I like tinkering with these sorts of things and can usually figure out just about anything electronic or electricAl given enough time and resources such as this forum. I basically wanted all of your opinions on control4 and what options would offer something similar but user installable and expandable, but with the nice things like in wall touch screens etc. Basically I would like to Control lighting, hvac, garage doors, and home security. I would like the user interface to be simple and the system to be reliable, so recommendations as to system as Well as protocol are welcome. Thanks in advance and I look forward to learning! BTW I am in the process of building this home so, it would be new construction install.