I’ve just purchased a 1950s house which we’re stripping back to the walls and working our way from there.
It needs a rewire so we’re currently gathering quotes for that, but I’m stuck with which direction to take for anything home automation related decisions. In a good position as currently we don’t need to move in so have 3 months to get the house ‘liveable’
I was toying with the idea of the Loxone system as a friend has this and recommends - I’m just put off by cost and whether if it fails it could be an expensive one to replace, with no fallback option. So it would be light switches wired by Cat6 to the Loxone, or a standard switch and Cat6 wired but not attached for future reference.
Another option I stumbled across from the ST forums was Hubitat, it seems to tick a lot of the boxes and I think I’m in a good position with the rewire to mould the house to that system where needed.
But, where to start!
In short, I’d like the following to be connected/automated from the start:
- Lights (for this I’m thinking of just standard circuits but smart switches)
- Heating/Thermostat (like the nest look but unsure of the open future/compatibility) would like to control separate rads
- CCTV (will be using Unifi G3)
- Burglar alarm (looked at Yale Sync for ease)
- Doorbell (like the ring but unsure of the open future for compatibility)
- Music (currently own a few Sonos speakers)
The house is a shell currently so without living there for a while I’m unsure what else to start with. But a bit further down the line I’d be looking at sensors for rooms, doors, windows etc.
Does anyone have any thoughts or recommendations on the above? I’ve been looking at the Fibaro stuff on Vesternet which I like the look of, but any other help or ideas would be appreciated. TIA!
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