House Renovation - Home Automation Considerations? (UK)


(Michael Smith) #1

Hi all,

My wife and I are just about to get an extension built on our property and as we’re moving out we’re taking the opportunity to have the entire place rewired. I want some advice on what I should do to future proof the property and get myself set up for a more robust home automation solution.

My main thought at the moment are:

  • to get the lights wired up on a 3-wire (with neutral) system with deep boxes to allow me to install smart switches.
  • getting hardwired ethernet next to all the plug sockets.
  • having wires installed to permanently power smart thermostats (probably Nest) in each heating zone.

Can anyone think of anything else I want to add to the list of improvements whilst this is going on? Once we’ve finished the renovations I won’t get an opportunity to add much else in so want to future proof as much as possible now.


On top of that - cheeky final question! What would you recommend as physical switches to use with Philips Hue which leaves them always on?

Thanks!


#2

If you’re having the ceilings down, you could consider recessed motion sensors in key rooms with hard wired power to make them report in more regularly than battery powered sensors (https://aeotec.com/recessed-sensor)

Regards to the Hue switches - these are my favourite as it gives you the option to access them manually:


(Jody) #3

I am going through a complete rebuild of my Smart Home at the moment and you can follow along here

Zwave/Zigbee smart switch at the wall with the physical button configured as disabled. You can use the button presses to do something else or automate it with voice/scenes/motion detectors/etc.


#4

Sounds like you’re off to a good start!

I would agree with the blanking plate option. There are a couple of different battery operated switches that you can then put on top, either the Phillips hue dimmer switch or the Devolo/Popp battery operated controller are popular. With the popp devices you can get many different colours and finishes for the cover plate, so they look a little more elegant. This is @adamv 's photo showing some of the options.

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You can talk to people who are using these in the following thread:

You might also want to take a look at some of the threads on the “whole house” quick browse list in the project report section in the community – created wiki. Although most of those are from US members, they might give you some additional ideas.

http://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index.php?title=How_to_Quick_Browse_the_Community-Created_SmartApps_Forum_Section#Quick_Browse_Links_for_Project_Reports.2FQuestions

In particular, I recommend adding some in wall sockets high up near the ceiling line in rooms where you might want LED strips, mains powered sensors, or cameras. This just gives you a number of additional options.


(Mark) #5

I would make the hardwired Ethernet use POE.


#6

Not necessarily automation, but have you considered in-ceiling speakers in key rooms?