Although the house is wired for cable and such, I don't know what the future will hold and wanted to provide a method for getting any future technology or wiring in place later on. My electrician suggested that I use something he called Smurf tube. It's a flexible plastic pipe called ENT or electrical nonmetalic tubing. Although it also comes in orange, mine is the distinctive Smurf blue color which generated the nickname.
I went down to the local electrical supply house, asked for Smurf Tube and they looked at me like I was nuts. I even showed them a photo and they said they didn't have anything like it. I did a little searching on the web and found that they stock it at Home Depot.
It was a little difficult to get it to everywhere I wanted, but now we're all set for the future.
We're also working on a home monitoring system so we can keep an eye on things when we're away. Z-Wave has just what we're looking for. Many manufacturers have compatable product such as controls, sensors, monitoring devices, locks and such. The Smurf Tube will help with this too.