Design and prototype phase.
*Standard sizes for components (For off-the-shelf compatibility)
*Self-contained (Just plug it in and it'll work)
*Expandable (Going to be cramming new stuff in as it goes)
I spent a lot of time daydreaming about this project and spent a good deal of time drawing pictures to try to work my head around how it was going to come together and be built.
Something that really was driven home was the design choices on where to make something custom vs. find something that already works for that niche. For this build, I'm designing with the idea of using standard sizes when I can but also using custom designs to recycle and re-use what I have.