I'm currently in the design phases of a new build for wife and I, and we have a few wants/needs around smart home setup.
Ideally we'd have light dimmers, ducted heat pump, cameras all hooked up smart - and it must operate when internet is down. I currently have a smart home going in those categories with smart bulbs, IR blaster, and PoE cameras hooked into home assistant running locally.
The builder we're using has said they'd likely point us towards a platform called econx which provides a mobile app, does automations, timers, etc. My concern is that they seem to be a pretty small outfit, since I can't find much about them online, and they don't provide a local network API (though I'm sure one can be reverse engineered). Additionally, their mobile apps look dated because, well, they haven't been updated in 2 years, and it just doesn't seem like that appealing of a package all up.
Are there other platforms that people are using for new builds that they can recommend? Maybe it's fully integrated, or maybe there's a set of compatible hardware that works dumb but can be hooked up to home assistant, which I could do myself? I'm finding it difficult to find systems that are well reviewed. Hopefully there are some more experienced folks here!
Thanks in advance