Seriously, he "taped off the regular switches"? This is because he was setting it up himself, and not getting the actual smart switches to go with his smart relays, dimmers and sockets. The DIY stuff isn't for everyone. If you want a smart home without doing stuff yourself, DIY is not for you. It's kind of in the name.
There shouldn't be a dumb switch in a smart house. It should be a neat, programmable switch which your *CERTIFIED ELECTRICIAN AND SMART HOUSE INSTALLER* has set up to turn off all the lights in your house when you press it upon exit.