We are restoring an old cabin near Seattle with the specific intention of designing it as a vacation rental with smart home integration. This will allow us to manage and care for the space from a distance.
I have two questions that I hope the community can help us with. The first is that I’m searching for any advice on how to integrate with existing smartthings controls? Specifically that we have our primary residence already set up on the system but are looking for advice on basic ways to add additional homes without getting too confusing. If this first cabin is successful we would like to add more so you can imagine how this might bog down the system quickly.
Our second question has to do with privacy. We of course want to build in convenience and safety, we are adding smart locks, smoke and carbon detectors etc so we can open the home and monitor basic safety. But at what point would people stop feeling comfortable with our digital access into a cabin they are renting? Obviously we won’t set up any cameras inside the house but I’m wondering at what point would people stop feeling like they are getting a value added experience and start feeling like they are being monitored? What steps can we take to make visitors feel comfortable in a smart vacation cabin?