I am planning an off-grid earthbag dome house in an unrestricted county with no codes for plumbing, electric, sewage, etc. I can design the home however I’d like. I already have construction, plumbing, sewage, windows, and layout settled. Now I am planning wiring/lights and automation.
In an earthbag dome the wires can be run wherever, lights can be built into the walls, extra power closets added anywhere, etc. I could put laser beams or disco lights. Whatever.
I am literally building from the ground up, including my own power source, so I can do 12v, 24v, 48v, 120v, and beyond. What would you do given no restrictions? Should I do two separate power feeds (220 service for conventional electronics, 12v for the lights/home automation component?)
Should I put speakers in each room, Star Trek style, so a central computer voice can say “there’s a fire” or “Someone is walking down the path” or “don’t forget to plant the turnips today?”
What should I look for incorporating into the wiring design? I currently have a couple thousand feet of 12-2 residential wiring to wire up 3 prong outlets. This wire typically runs from a junction box to wall outlets, two-way switches, maybe overhead light fixtures. Should I be thinking differently? Say, running ethernet cable everywhere and plugging that into a server in a server closet? Or, say, having wireless switches adhered to the wall that I replace batteries in and have no wires? Magnets? Microwave/radio dishes?
To give you an idea of how I’m approaching this project, here’s what I’m doing for windows:
My basic needs are for:
Led strip wiring which will be embedded into the wall to light the dome from the bottom up
Wall sconces and accent lights
Floor-mounted outlets in the middle of the dome area
tablet/speakers in the kitchen
A small home theater
exterior flood lights in case of bear, panther, errant hunters shooting a hole through my wall, or methadone addicts looking to rob me (all of which are threats I have actually encountered, no hyperbole here)
a fan in the kitchen to draw out smoke
an attached greenhouse with aquaponics pumps/fans
So if you could do it all with no restrictions, what would you be sure to bake into the construction? Thank you for your ideas!