Hi, I've been browsing your forum for a while looking for ideas for my new built house. I did some pre-wiring before the drywall was placed trying to avoid some headaches after moving in. Is one-story house with a bonus room upstairs (does this make it a two-story house?) Well, I was thinking on Home Automation, Surveillance and Alarm System. So, I've been looking for options but as so many of you have mentioned, there's no perfect system. You have to integrate multiple. I was have dome some research but still have some doubts and concerns about integration. At some point I was even thinking about Control 4, but since it has to be thru a dealer, I changed my mind. I was attracted to it since it's versatility and been the most affordable compared with other brands. Since I decided to DYI, I've been searching for a while. I did pre-wire for Surveillance, Video Distribution and Sound. I didn't for Alarm system, but I figured that I can use wireless or hybrid without the hassle of a lot of re-wiring. I'm thinking about starting the project but prioritizing based on budget and the W.I.F.E factor. LoL. After expending around 1K pre-wiring, I thought that the first part should be alarm and surveillance. I've been looking at Hicvision and Dahua. I have several questions and I’m going to list them. I really don’t expect for someone to just jump on and answer all, but I’ll appreciate your help. It seems that this is a good forum that have a lot of people willing to help. My main concern is security. I really don’t want to expose myself to the internet. I don’t mind buying from Grey Market. I have done it before and it seems that you already have found a trustable resource. I don’t know which brand should I use on alarm system. I want it to be DYI, not attached to a monthly contract and also be able to hook it to my surveillance system. I would also like to integrate both, Surveillance and Alarm to my Video Distribution. As I mentioned at the beginning, I’m willing to do this into small projects. I know, it’s not small, but I want to do it so later on, I don’t have to go back and change things. Maybe, later I will add some more. I’ll appreciate your help. luisrodz PS> I have a picture of my floor plan in case it's needed.