It's been a few days since I last posted an update, things are mostly going well. Almost all the parts have arrived, and I have successfully started assembling a prototype. Although, there have been a few setbacks, frying my Arduino being one of them, but other than that things are looking pretty good. I'm surprised a project such as mine has even made it this far, it truly has exceeded all my expectations, and then some.
As you can see, I managed to work around my problems in a hacker-ish fashion; by rounding off the pins on the relay with an emery board (for filing finger-nails), and instead of mounting the screw-down connectors directly to the board - I instead mounted them onto connectors that would fit.
The next important thing I need to do is release a video, still deciding on how i'm gonna do it. I think i'll look at what people have done in previous years and let that help me decide.