Home improvement projects can usually be divided into those that need to be tackled as one big project and those that can be tackled in pieces. Remodeling a kitchen is best done as one big project while upgrading the landscaping can be done in smaller chunks over time. In both cases a master plan is a really good idea – it saves time, minimizes rework, and makes sure that you address the structural issues up front. Changes to plumbing, electrical, and irrigation are expensive and disruptive when done late in the project.
In most cases, home technology can be added and upgraded incrementally without a cost penalty — as long as you have a plan or road map. Your technology plan should include the overall scope for your projects – security, control, remote management, lighting, entertainment, and more. Your scope then helps determine infrastructure requirements and core technology ecosystem. Infrastructure in most cases consists of a combination of wired and wireless networks that are needed to carry music, video, and instructions throughout your home. The primary network requirements are capacity and coverage — enough speed everywhere you need it.
Unlike most other home infrastructure, technology has multiple standards and ecosystems. If you purchase a new lamp, you know that you can take it home and plug it into any standard wall outlet and it will work. With technology, you need to make choices. Think PC vs Mac or iPhone vs Android. Tech ecosystems is a topic for another day, but suffice it to say that you are better off making a choice up front to save time, money, and headaches later.
With your plan in hand and infrastructure choices made, you are in the best position to move forward with confidence and tackle projects as your priorities dictate and your budget allows.
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