I just recently bought a property and it's currently going under the knife for a light sprucing up and kitchen reno. So while i was at it, i figured i'll do some basic home automation of lights and maybe shades and anything else you folks would recommend. Home automation is so confusing with many different environments that don't necessarily communication... So i have a bunch of questions for you folks. BTW thanks in advance!!! My original intuition is to use Apple HomeKit since Apple products are usually very well integrated. 1) Am i correct by assuming HomeKit is really only to link a bunch of different devices (Hue, Caseta, Insteon, August) so it will act seamless and can be activated with my iPhone, inside (not practical and not interested) and outside of my home (practical) and with Siri (not practical)? As well as notifications for i.e. smoke detection with HomeKit enabled smoke detector or forced entry with enabled security camera? Would you recommend HomeKit or another system? 2) Would it be beneficial to use another hub rather than the standard Caseta Smart Bridge? My original intention was to use Philips Hue lights with Hue dimmer switches throughout (only way to make Hue practical) until my contractor already outfitted all my new recessed lights with Halo LED retrofit recessed lighting. So then i decided to get Lutron Caseta switches and pico remotes. It seems to be a good alternative to Hue but with slightly less flexibility, i.e. can't switch individual bulbs. So that brings up the second question: 3) are there any other limitations or benefits with Caseta, Insteon, Hue? ***EDIT*** After initially posting this, I just discovered Insteon products and they seem to be much more comprehensive than Philips Hue and Caseta... Since i'm no longer replying on Hue for the bulk of my lighting (may use for accent lighting in the future), 3.1) which automation products would you recommend? Insteon or Caseta? My condo was originally built in 1980 and it has an odd layout for switches, that's my main motivation for Caseta. One switch location may have a single gang switch/wall plate, but i will have to install a pico remote with wall mount along with a double gang wall plate to achieve an ideal switch layout. 4) Does the Caseta In-Wall Dimmer Switch and Pico Remote with wall mount sit flush when mounted together? Likewise, do Insteon In-Wall Keypads and remote dimmer switches sit flush? To one-up the idea above... I like the idea of a single gang switch controlling multiple areas around the home, rather than a double or triple gang set of switches and wall plate. 5) Since i'm now using Lutron Caseta, is it possible to tie in Lutron HomeWorks QS seeTouch CL Hybrid Touchpads? Or is it a completely different system and not compatible with Caseta and HomeKit? Or is there another brand of multi room in-wall switch that will work? ***Now that i'm thinking about Insteon, 5.1) does the Insteon hub, in-wall keypad, and remote dimmer all tie in together? I need some window treatments too. I'll probably install cheap vertical blinds in the bedrooms and living room. But if i were to splurge, i may get automated window blinds in the living room. Living room only consists of one big glass window/sliding door opening, but it requires three sections of shades so it's super duper expensive. 6) Any other automated window blinds other than Lutron Serena shades? 7) What would you folks recommend for a front door lock? I was thinking August. I'm also going to get a First Alert Smoke/CO detector. 8) Anything else that's practical you would recommend? Not interested in those silly colored lights! Thanks!!!