In some homes, retrofitting is impossible, but there are ways to automate without having to tear down your home. Every home automation system needs a space to house the centrally-installed control equipment. This space needs to be able to accommodate a small server-rack cabinet and, ideally, be close to your existing distribution board.
Many homes have an existing area where services such as the alarm system, CCTV, DVR, DSTV decoder, and router are fitted – that would be the obvious choice for your automation controls as well, space permitting. If not, garages are often good options, as are the unused spaces beneath stairs.
There are situations in which not all of a home's services are located in the same place, and in these cases, you'll need to weigh up the cost and hassle of relocating them to a central position. If this is not an option, you'll need to accommodate at least one CAT6 data cable running from your automation control system to each of the services, wherever they are. That can add up to a lot of cables, and concealing them isn't always a simple matter.
Once your cabling is in place or your services have been relocated, it's time for the fun stuff – selecting the hardware that will suit your lifestyle the best. 4ward-design is a huge fan of systems like Crestron, Control4, and KNX, which are modular and allow for upscaling at a later date. (source)
If you would like to enjoy this amazing technology in your home, contact the electrical experts at Switched Electric.