There are some big projects that we envision for the house over the next couple years.
- Remodeling the basement
- Remodeling the kitchen
- swapping the wood privacy for a chain link
- A new deck and shed
The Living Room
Components will be stored under the stairs along with the home server. The Xbox will come down here for my video gaming needs. And I think eventually, I will cave and come back to DirecTV with a whole home DVR setup again (bad experience the first time that ended in me quitting their service).
Ellen and I love to cycle as well and in the winter we put our bikes on trainers so we can watch The Sufferfest. So we'll be setting up ways to incorporate that into the basement.
The Master Bedroom
This is our fortress of solitude, and the one spot that Ellen has full domain over. Which means electronics all not the focal point and everything must meet the wife acceptance factor. We're going to around the electronics so they are less in the way, some lighting for different moods and some enhanced sound for rocking out while getting ready for the day.
Home automation has come a long way. When I first started checking this stuff out in 2008, you had to have all kinds of expensive software and computers and the selection of devices was limited. Now you can get a small hub that controls all devices from outlets and switches to door locks, garage doors and the thermostat all from the convenience of your phone/tablet.
The plan is to wire up the house for:
- Internet connected thermostat, front door lock and garage doors
- Lighting scenes and timers
So this is some of the fun we are going to get into. I'll get into detailed plans later.