Guide to Building a Custom Smart Home

From Home Theaters to Home Security, We Break Down Home Automation & Electronics Options for Your New Home.

Building a custom home is an excellent opportunity to consider integrating the latest smart home technology into your design. While just a few years ago thermostats may have been the first and only technology you'd think of when talking about smart homes, today you can do so much more. From ordering delivery from your favorite pizza place with a simple voice comment to walking in each day to the right lights, music, and temperature, smart home technology has come a long way in a short time and has become more mainstream, as well.

It seems that every day something new is coming on the market to make our homes safer and healthier and our lives more convenient. We work with the team at The Sound Room to identify the latest features for building smart homes in Salt Lake City and St Louis.

Smart Home Automation Ideas & Options for Your New Home Construction

A true smart home is built by connecting a variety of components to one central hub. The true advantage and convenience of smart home technology come when you have all of your systems working together seamlessly. Managing security, daily routines, your home's systems from one central hub makes your home more comfortable and enjoyable. Having your whole house integrated together also makes it easier to keep your technology up to date.

Building your custom smart home system starts with understanding what components you will need to make your home more convenient and safe. The experts at The Sound Room suggest considering the following when adding smart technology to your new home design...


Smart Home Controls

Press a button to brighten the lights and lower the shades. Say a command to dim the lights while music plays. Hear the news and start the coffee maker as you get in the shower. Managing a number of smart systems in your home with the touch of a button or a simple voice command is not only a convenience, but it can also help protect your family. You can also set up whole house parental controls to limit WiFi access and prioritize groups of devices during school or working hours to increase the speed of your connections when you need it most.

Using your smart home controls you can set scenes and routines that trigger preset conditions such as lighting, temperature, and audio levels for entertaining, home, and away. You can fold a number of options into your central smart home controls, including:

  • Locks, Garage Doors & Gate Control
  • Lighting Controls
  • Retractable/Adjustable Window Shades
  • Smart Thermostats
  • Smart Home Security Alarms, Cameras, and Doorbells
  • High-Performance Audio & Video
  • Full Media Library Access with Parental Controls
  • Control Access to WiFi Networking
  • Remote Monitoring & Access

Audio & Video Integration

Watch the game on the outdoor patio. Switch between playlists in the kitchen. Pull up a video playlist for the kids in the basement rec room.  Quick access to your favorite media such as movies, podcasts, and music in every room in your home and outside is easier than ever with current smart home technology - and you don't even need to have a device in your hand. Touch-less technology and voice controls allow you to easily stream the content you want, when and where you want it.

The Sound Room offers hundreds of styles, shapes, sizes, and installation options for in-wall and in-ceiling speakers that will bring high-quality sound into any room of the house without disrupting your home's interior design. They even offer paintable speakers that blend right into the walls.


Smart Home Security

Home or away, inside and out - the latest smart home security technology gives your family comfort and peace of mind of knowing you're protected. By building a robust system for monitoring and managing different security features of your home you can be more proactive about your family's safety. Smart home security features that can be tied together include:

  • Integrated Motion & Fire Alarms
  • Programmable & Remote Management of Lighting Indoors & Out
  • Locks & Garage Doors
  • Smoke, Temperature, Water & Motion Alarms
  • Doorbells & Camera Systems

Managing security and utilities remotely with smart home automation is a great option for primary and vacation homes. When building a vacation home there is a lot of extra security afforded by being able to remotely control access to your home and monitor the conditions inside. For example, remote water shut off features installed during custom home construction can monitor and shut down the waterline going into the house, saving homeowners a lot of time and expense. Smart water shutoff features are a great option for protecting your custom-built vacation home and some communities are starting to require it during construction. Lighting, an often overlooked but very effective security feature, connected to smart home technology can make it appear that someone is home by running programmed light changes when you're away from your vacation home or primary residence.

With the Sound Room's smart home security features, our clients have access to 24/7 monitoring and technical support to make sure their home security system is always up and running when they need it most.

Outdoor Smart Home Technology

Outdoor living is a top priority for many homeowners, and designing a custom floorplan that flows from the inside living spaces to the outdoors is a great way to add a touch of luxury to your home. Smart home technology gives you the opportunity to expand your entertainment, lighting, and even your workspace into the great outdoors. Whether you're spending time in the pool, hot tub, patio, or an expansive lawn, smart home technology can add an extra layer of convenience and safety to your outdoor living spaces with the following features:

  • Outdoor WiFi Expansion for Work & Play
  • Landscape & Hardscape Lighting Controls
  • Outdoor Televisions & Speakers
  • Pool & Spa Controls
Outdoor speakers can be mounted, or nestled among outdoor landscaping in rock-styled outdoor speakers.

Smart Home Design Elements

While we all love to see what's on TV, it isn't the first thing you always want to see when you walk into the room. Smart technology can help improve the aesthetics of your room by offering options for TVs that lower from the ceiling, music that plays from invisible speakers, or even televisions that show in the mirrors of your bathroom or home gym. Blending technology and style is an art in itself, fusing functionality and beauty to create the perfect digital lifestyle. As technology has advanced there are many options that now offer that artful balance in any room and for any component.


With pop up outlets and designer flush outlets and switches from brands like Trufig, there’s no need for mundane wall plates and switches to diminish an otherwise gorgeous room. Flat power outlets enhance the design of your home, making those functional requirements as stylish as the rest of it. The Sounds Room also works with you to help design your home's electrical layout so you can place outlets behind your television or place speakers in specific locations to achieve the best sound quality throughout the room.

As part of our sustainability efforts, Hibbs Homes also designs our custom homes to easily upgrade to the most sophisticated home technology as it becomes available without major construction and maintenance costs.



The Soundroom offers brands such as Trufig, allowing them to combine function and fashion throughout your home. Truly, design without compromise.

Are you ready to start planning your custom smart home? Work with our in-house team to select every detail and design a home that is connected and intelligent. Contact our expert home building team today, and this time next year you could be ordering your favorite coffee with a simple voice command before you head out the door.