What is your home's square footage?
Describe the cost-of-living / cost of labor for your area:
Let's talk about wiring. What best describes your situation?
Prewire calculations assume you would like your home fully wired for all home technologies shown throughout the budget calculator, including ‘future-ready’ wiring. Prewire pricing can vary substantially based on what features you would like in your home.
My house is already wired
I am building a house and need all new wiring
I need some new wiring installed
My house has old wiring, need all new wires
Let's talk music. How many rooms would you like music in the two categories described below? Include exterior areas too! Higher-quality sound or higher-grade architectural finishes. How Many Rooms or areas will have Higher-quality sound or higher-grade architectural finishes.
How many rooms or areas will just have basic basic background music.
Now on to Televisions. Please select how many TV's you would like in each of the two categories below. Range includes video sources such as AppleTV, a Blu-ray player, satellite receiver, and remotely-locating them for best aesthetics. A basic soundbar is included for better audio. TV's between 60" - 100" diagonal size
TV’s between 32" - 55" diagonal size
Do you want to centralize your video sources (Cable TV, Apple TV, Roku, Blu-ray player, etc.) in one location and have them viewable on all TV's? This is called “video distribution” and reduces the amount of audio/video equipment located at each TV location / room.
This is called “video distribution” and reduces the amount of audio/video equipment located at each TV location/room.
Do you have a dedicated home theater room? Please select a budget. Pricing listed below does not include seating or room build-out costs.
Pricing listed below does not include seating or room build-out costs.
Entry Level ($10K - 40K): This budget is typically for a 4-6 seat theater room with a 100" - 120" screen, a sub $10K video projector, and a receiver-based audio system with in-wall speakers.
Enhanced ($41K - 90K): This budget is typically for a 6-8 seat room with a 120" - 140" screen, a brighter, higher performance projector, and a higher quality sound system.
Performance ($91K - 150K): This budget is typically for an 8-16 seat theater with a 12' - 15' wide screen, high-performance projector, and theater-quality sound system.
High-Performance ($151K - 300K): This budget is typically for an 8-20 seat theater with a 12' - 20' wide screen, reference-grade video projector, reference-quality sound system, and acoustic design.
Ultra-High Performance ($350K+): This budget is typically a spare no expense theater with the very best equipment available and acoustic design.
Let's move on to Security. Do you want a security and fire detection system?
How many security cameras do you think you need to cover your home?
Typically, homeowners want to see the following areas: front of house, front door, driveway/gate, sides of house, and pool. If you are more concerned about security, you may want to add cameras for the perimeter of your property. Good-quality cameras see about 75 feet of distance on average. The high range of the budget estimate includes higher resolution cameras, better night vision, and longer surveillance recording time.
Video Doorbell Only
How about Wi-Fi?
Keep in mind that our modern lifestyle and our home's technology systems are extremely reliant on a quality network and Wi-Fi system. Most homes are moving towards enterprise-grade hardware and away from the types of products you could buy in an office supply store or a consumer computer store. We recommend that all homeowners consider the network and Wi-Fi system to be the most important system in the home.
Consumer-grade (UnManaged) Less Secure
Enterprise-grade (Managed) Designed for Data Security
Do you need a whole-house intercom/phone system?
Do you want a lighting control system for the whole house?
Lighting control systems reduce wall clutter, allow preset lighting scenes at the push of a button, increase security, and add convenience.
Yes, for the whole house and exterior
Yes, for the main areas of the house and exterior only
Only for a couple of rooms
No, I will use conventional wall switches
Do you want Motorized Window Treatments?
Motorized shades add beauty, convenience, address privacy concerns, and can be used to save energy. If desired, provide your best guess on how many windows/shades you want to motorize. The higher-end of the budget range includes higher-end fabrics, large windows, and dual-roller shades (both sheer and privacy shades on one window).
Do you want to control your house through different multiple apps?
For example, a house music app, an app to operate your TV, an app for lights, an app for locks, an app for cameras, an app to open close garage doors & gates, etc. Or do you want to control the house through a single unified app that controls all the systems in the home?
No Home App Controls
Does this home require very high-end architectural finishes that would apply to the home’s technology systems? This would include such items as mirror televisions, flush-mount wall devices, architectural lighting keypads, and motorized concealment systems for televisions, etc.
Would you like to meet with our lighting designer about outdoor landscape lighting?
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