Give us a simple example of one of the things you'd like some sort of control over - something you really want not something plucked out of the air
That is a very sensible thing to suggest.;
A few things I have been thinking about:
Certain light come on automatically when it gets to a certain darkness level in my home.
Lights to randomly turn off and on when I am not there (for security reasons).
Ability to turn off all lights at the same time when I am going to bed.
Ability to switch on individual lights (in the middle of the night) when I nipping to the toilet/fridge etc.
2. Rain Sensor
Send me a text when it starts raining in the garden, so i can quickly get the washing in.
3. Automatic Blinds,
Shut when the light falls to a certain point
4. Smoke Detector
Send me a text if any smoke is detected in the house.
5. Door Sensors
Phone to alert me if I reach a certain distance from the house and any doors/windows are open.
Alert me if any doors/windows are opened once I have gone to bed.
6. Motion activated camera in the hallway, which will not only upload the footage to the could but will e-mail to tell me there has been some movement.
I know that this is very ambitious at the moment, but these are some things I would like to work on in the future.
The suggestion for FHEM looks great and I know that OPENHab is mentioned a lot too (though it looks pretty complicated). I note that something like PiDome is specifically for the Pi, so is the better choice?