How did my Smart Home Change my Life?

  • Peace of mind

    Checking if you have shut the door, alarm auto-setting and knowing if motion has been detected gives me peace of mind.

  • Cool Factor

    It is awesome to talk to Google or Alexa impress your guests with lights turning on, TVs, media players, personalised messages.

  • Time Saver

    Just having a goodnight routine or welcome back, can save a lot of time in turning things on or off. With home assistant you can create endless automations.

What is Included?

Video Courses from Planning to Running Your Smart Home

  • All the code that I use in the Course

  • Downloadable Worksheets

  • Lifetime access

  • Exclusive access to Discord Server

Learn How I Built my Smart Home with Home Assistant from Scratch

Want to build a smart home but not sure where to start, you have seen a few videos but not sure how it all links together ?

Add VALUE to your home by creating a smart home that can impress your friends and simply your life.

Wondering if you have left the door open or want to remotely turn on the Alarm? 

Automate the mundane tasks in life so that you can focus on what really matters to you. No more have you left the light on or turn on the heater in cold winters.

My Smart home devices

Smart Devices in this Course

The automation software that I use in this course (Home Assistant) has more than a 1000 integrations. 

In this course I use devices from manufactures like Google, Sonos, Philips Hue, Lifx, Sonoff, Shelly, Aqara, Tado etc.

If you don't have these devices you can follow along and check on the home assistant website for you specific device.

Course curriculum

This is subject to change

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

  • 2

    Chapter 0 - Planning your Smart Home

    • Brainstorming Automation Ideas

    • Brainstorming Worksheet

    • Share your automation ideas with me!

    • My 10 Automations

    • How to Control my Smart Home

    • How Does a Smart Home Work?

    • Principles of My Smart Home

    • Tell me about your smart home!

  • 3

    Chapter 1 - Buying Smart Home Devices

    • Different Ways to Connect Devices

    • Devices Compatible with Home Assistant

    • Smart Home Buying List

    • Ongoing Costs of Running a Smart Home

    • Mapping Devices to Automation Plan

    • Future Ready not Future Proofing

  • 4

    Chapter 2 - Installation & Configuration of Home Assistant

    • Before we begin

    • Where to Install Home Assistant

    • Installation on Odroid

    • Alternative (Installation on Raspberry PI)

    • First Setup

    • Create Users

    • Tour of Interface

    • Mobile App

    • What are Add-ons

    • File Editor (Add-on)

    • Visual Studio Code (Add-on)

    • Snapshots

    • Restarting & Reloading

    • System Updates

  • 5

    Chapter 3 - Adding devices to Home Assistant

  • 6

    Chapter 4 - Control Lights

    • Overview

    • Concepts

    • Integrate Philips Hue

    • Integrate Shelly 1

    • Integrate Lifx

    • Integrate Sonoff Switches

    • Add Zigbee Bulbs

    • Converting Switches into Lights

    • Button Automation

    • Door Contacts

    • Motion Sensors

    • Porch Light Automation

    • Good Night Scene

  • 7

    Chapter 5 - Heating & Cooling

    • Integrating Nest into Home Assistant (Part 1)

    • Integrating Nest Into Home Assistant (Part 2)

    • Integrating Nest into Home Assistant (Part3)

    • Tado Integration

    • Thermostat Card

    • Automate Heating

  • 8

    Chapter 6 - Camera Surveillance

    • Add Camera (RTSP)

    • Add Camera with ONVIF

    • Automation (Record Camera when Event Triggered)

    • Automation - Create Photo Snapshot from Camera

  • 9

    Chapter 7 - Nabu Casa

    • What is Nabu Casa

    • Setting up Nabu Casa

    • Remote Access without Nabu Casa

  • 10

    Chapter 8 - Media Players

    • Media Player Services

    • Connecting Sonos

    • Google Cast

    • Logitech Harmony

    • Apple TV

    • Playstation 4

    • Plex

  • 11

    Chapter 9 - Garage Door

    • Integrate

    • Create Dashboard Cover

    • Garage door is open notification

  • 12

    Chapter 10 - Voice Assistant & Text to Speech

    • Connecting to Google Home

    • Connecting to Alexa

    • Text to Speech (Nabu Casa)

  • 13

    Chapter 11 - Dashboard

    • Dashboards Basics

    • Cards

    • Grid Card

    • My Dashboard for Ipad

    • My Dashboard for Smarthphone

  • 14

    Chapter 12 - Automations

    • Where to start when creating automations

    • Splitting Automation files in YAML

    • Blueprints

    • Templating

    • Input Values in Automations

    • Scripts in Automations

    • Scenes in Automations

    • Testing & Debugging Automations

  • 15

    Chapter 13 - Presence Detection & Zones

    • Presence Detection Overview

    • Life 360

    • Unifi

    • Creating Zones in YAML

    • Leaving Home Automation

  • 16

    Chapter 14 - Notifications

    • Basic Notification

    • Notification with Image Attachment

  • 17

    Chapter 15 - Coding with YAML

    • YAML Basics

    • YAML files in Home Assistant

    • Splitting configuration files

    • Storing Secrets

  • 18

    Chapter 16 - Custom Integrations

    • Install HACS

    • Explore HACS store

  • 19

    Chapter 17 - Troubleshoot System Errors

    • Log Files

    • Ask Community Help

    • Release Notes

  • 20

    Next steps

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

About Me

Gio Langella

I'm Gio! I run a YouTube channel called Smart Home Makers and run a blog too. I'm a Software Engineer with a passion for smart home tech. I have been living in a smart home for about 5 years. At one point I had more than 20 Smart Apps on my phone, I since decided to control my smart home with Home Assistant and help people learn this powerful platform. When I was getting started with Home Assistant I struggled to get everything working, but now I feel the need to pass on this knowledge and get more and more people using Home Assistant as their home automation platform.


Most Frequent Questions And Answers

  • Will you be showing us how to configure specific devices?

    Not every single one. I will be assuming that you can control the smart device with their native app. For the devices that I use in this course I will be letting you know if there is any setting to change in the native application.

  • Can I only install Home Assistant on a Raspberry PI

    No! You can also install home assistant on a VM, Intel NUC, Ubuntu, Odroid or get the pre-installed Home Assistant Blue.

  • In what format the course delivered?

    This course is hands on, with me sharing my screen of what I do step by step to create my smart home

  • I need more information who can I contact?

    Feel free to email me: [email protected]

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by Robin De Becker

Hello Everyone, My name is Robin and I happily share you my testimonial of the course "How to build a smart home" from Gio of Smart Home Makers. It was September 2020 when I took my first steps with Home Assistant. First it was just a tool to collect information of all my smart home products, but later on it evolved into a full home automation platform. At that time, I discovered the YouTube channel of Gio from Smart Home Makers, which has helped me out a lot. Gio was also always willing to provide feedback in the comments and via Discord. When he informed me that he was creating courses to build a smart home, I immediately subscribed to them. Although I already had a decent Home Assistant platform running, I have learned a lot of tips and tricks to facilitate the setup and maintenance of it. The courses were also a great source of inspiration to set up new automations. These courses are not only designed for people new to Home Assistant, but also people who are already running a home automation platform. The people new to Home Assistant receive a broader view of the possibilities of Home Assistant and will also receive the necessary guiding to have a full Home Assistant platform up and running. For the people already running a home automation platform, there are always new tricks to learn and they inspire to get more out of your home automation platform. Furthermore, the courses show that running a home automation platform does not necessarily has to be expensive. Not only is Home Assistant an open source project, most people already own some products that can be integrated in Home Assistant. Even if you own only a small collection of smart home products, the course provides you with feedback of how you can easily make products smart for a small price and also communicates some integrations that do not require any hardware. Finally, I can only advice you to follow Smart Home Makers on YouTube if you are still doubting to subscribe for the courses. The YouTube channel will give a brief overview of what the courses are like. A great addition to the courses is that there is more support for all subjects discussed in the courses and the YouTube channel. I hope this testimonial gives you a clear view of what to expect of the courses. Kind regards, Robin