Updated: Sep 18, 2019
Season 5 of The Digital Ramble is all about achieving those Smart Home goals with real world budgets. JJ Canon and Kris Gamble tackle the most common rooms and spaces in the home with $3,000 budgets. First up in part 1 is the Kitchen and Family Room. Join us in the comments with what tech you would have in your kitchen or family room.
Family Room by JJ Canon: "The Walls are Coming Down"
The Scenario: The walls are coming down and what once was an isolated Living Room has now been expanded into an open plan entertainment space. The Family Room is pre-wired and this home owner already owns a new big screen TV. They explicitly don't want a big bulky rack full of gear.
Sonos Sub $699
Pro-ject Essential III Turntable $390
Lutron Aurora Smart bulb rotary dimmer $40
Installation and set up $550
Kitchen by Kris Gamble: "Kitchen Wars"
The Scenario: Our neighbors have just completed their new Kitchen and never stop going on about it. We are giving our Kitchen a makeover this Autumn. What smart tech can we add to make their jaws drop?
Sonos Play:5 £449
Google Nest Hub Max £219
Smarter Coffee Gen2 Smart Coffee Machine £199
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$3,000 is all I can spend - Smart Home Challenge Part 2 - Episode 32
Season 5 of The Digital Ramble is all about achieving those Smart Home goals with real world prices. JJ and Kris tackle the most common rooms and spaces in the home with $3,000 budgets. Part 2 takes us outdoors with focus on garden, outbuildings and protecting your home. Join us in the comments with what tech you would use in the scenarios described.
"Home When Away" by Kris Gamble - £2400 BUDGET.
A new job out of town means I'm only home at the weekend for the foreseeable. I need a tech injection to provide me with additional security front and rear of the house, control over the heating and alerts if anything goes wrong like fire or flood.
Unifi CCTV and Recorder £600
Google Nest Hello £219
Nest Protect smoke detector and Fibaro flood sensors £250
Cable materials £50
"The Great Outdoors" by JJ Canon - $3000 BUDGET
My back yard and patio lack any wow factor. I'm out of town a lot during the week, but on the weekends I'm planning lots of parties. So I'm thinking my patio needs a tech boost.
lawn - mama made a major investment in the yard, she like her yellow roses and I need to keep them alive.
tunes - George Straight, Willie, Florida Georgia Line
wifi - needs wifi, data bill is killin him
cooking - BBQ
gotta know - Keep an eye on the deer feeder and his chicken coop.
I've got $3000 to work with, what do you think?
Eero Wifi $399
8 zone Rachio Kit $149
Sonos Amp $599
Ring Stick-Up Cams with solar $458
Meater temperature sensor $99
Installation and set up $700
The $3000 Smart Home Challenge Part 3- Episode 33 - The Digital Ramble
"Atmos and 4K Upgrade" by JJ Canon - $3000 BUDGET
Out of date media room needs a 2019 refresh. Currently situation: 5.1 setup with some DefTech tower speakers, wall mounted center, wall mounted rears and an active sub. Desire: Upgrade the projector to 4k and wants Dolby Atmos. Also it would be good to just have one single remote for the room. $3000 budget! Can I get it done?
Epson - Home Cinema 4010 4K 3LCD Projector with High Dynamic Range - $2,000
Yamaha - AVENTAGE 7.2-Ch. 3D, 4K Passthrough, HDR Compatible 110W per channel, A/V Home Theater Receiver - $650
Definitive Technology - DI 5.5 - $500 pair
Misc. Materials - 4K HDMI Cables & speaker wires - $120
Installation - $700
"Holiday at Home" by Kris Gamble - £2400 BUDGET.
My husband and I enjoy the luxurious feel of a hotel room when we get away but with a growing family time away is rare. We’d like to recreate a luxury hotel vibe in our home. What tech can we add to the rooms to create our adult sanctuary? We have a £2400 budget.
Google Nest Home Hub £99
Sonos Beam £399
Sonos One £199
Sonos brackets £50
Lutron motorised blind £600
The $3,000 Smart Home Challenge Part 4
Part 4 focuses squarely on new construction and new homes.
👉 What wires do you need?
👉 How much does it cost?
👉 What are the tech essentials for your home?
Join us in the comments with what tech you would use in a new home.
Kris Gamble - "The New UK Home" - you’ve got £2400 to spend on the essentials that a new home being built should have as standard. Small family home, single story, 3 bedrooms.
Design & Wiring Checklist for Electrician - £300 Must have cables - CAT6, coaxial and speaker wire - £350
Site visit before boarding - £150
2nd fix materials including wiring panel and white outlets - £300
2nd fix labor to deal with all those wires - £500
Wifi System by Unifi - 2 internal and 1 external access point, 8 port Poe switch, router and controller
All Set Up - £850
⭐ TOTAL £2450 ⭐
JJ Canon - "The New American Home" - you’ve got $3000 to spend on the Smart Home essentials you should invest in for your new home. Smart Home Starter Kit
Wifi - 1 Eero and 2 Beacons - $259
Nest Hello Doorbell - $229
2 x Nest Protect Smoke Detectors - $238
Nest Camera Outdoor - $199
Exterior Lighting for Security - $599 (2) Maestro LED dimmer, (1) Main repeater, (1) Pico.
Irrigation - Rachio - $227
Labor - $1200
⭐ TOTAL $2,951 ⭐
The $3000 Smart Home Challenge Finale
Season 5 of The Digital Ramble is all about achieving those Smart Home goals with real world prices. JJ and Kris tackle the most common rooms and spaces in the home with $3,000 budgets. The season finale is our wrap up show reviewing some of the choices we made in the challenges and the methods you can use for controlling your Smart Home.
Stay tuned to the end for the Gamble Ramble about the Campaign for Smart Homes.
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