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Understanding Home Automation (Part–1)

A generation ago, home automation meant a remote control device used to open your garage door. Today, home automation is very high-tech and the essential foundation of a ‘smart home.’ There are three components to the smart home: Home automation, the first, is where electrical devices are hooked up to a central system that automates actions based on user input – for example, the window shades can come down at a predetermined time every day;The second is a system of connected devices that uses the internet and sensors to anticipate the user's needs – for example, the GPS in your car can tell your home when you will arrive, so that the lights and air conditioner will be on when you open the door;The final component is the ’Internet of Things’ (IoT) which uses internet, systems, sensors and processors to allow devices to interact and work in complete automation, with almost no user input.When you do need to control the systems, you can do it all with a smart phone.

What things home aut…

How You can Benefit from Design/Build Remodeling

Home remodeling can mean many things. It could simply be repainting a wall or replacing broken tiles. These are things you could do yourself. Or it could mean making major changes in a room, building an additional room, or upgrading your home with automation features. For big jobs, a remodeling contractor is a safe bet. Obviously, when looking for a contractor you want the best – someone who has got a good reputation, is experienced enough and has the right certifications. But there is another important factor to consider – is the contractor equipped to do design/build projects?

What Is design/build?

In the past, major home remodeling meant many things: seeking the service of an architect or a designer to plan the remodel, finding a contractor (and often subcontractors) for the actual construction, coordinating between them on budgets, timeframes, and workflow and so on. Then there were issues of misunderstanding, miscommunications, disagreements etc., which could affect t…

How You can Plan the Addition of a Room

More space is always welcome in any home. The best way for you to get it is by the addition of a room. The planning process is important to ensure that you get the extent of space you want without any damage done to the look of your home, and that the new structure is sound in all respects. Your planning can be in five basic stages and if you work through each of them, you will be able to get the new room the way you want it.

1. Identify your objectives
Adding a room will give you more space. But what kind of space do you want? Is it a family room, an entertainment area or one that will just ease congestion? The type of room you add, and its location will depend on what the room is to be used for. The room you need for additional storage space and the one to accommodate a new family member are two completely different things. Trying to convert an addition to another use a few years down the road could involve a major expenditure.

2. Do your research

Spend time going through home design ma…

Remodeling Your Home for Sale

If you are thinking of remodeling your home, there is one very important question you have to ask yourself before you begin. Are you remodeling to make the home more comfortable for your family? Or are you remodeling to enhance its value for sale in the future?  The answer is important because it will guide you how to go about it. If it is for future sale, there are five remodels that will give you a good return on your investment when you sell.
The kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home and one of the main things that buyers look at. If you are doing it for yourself, go ahead and tear out walls, change the size and shape, move the plumbing and appliances to suit your needs. But if you are doing them all with the sale of the house in mind, spending this amount of money will not get you the returns you want. Instead, have the painting done, and the cabinets replaced or refurbished, put in new lights and veneers and think about linoleum flooring. These will give the k…

Pet Friendly Home Remodeling

According to the American Humane Society, there are over 160 million cats and dogs living in homes across the country. They are there because they are loved as much a part of the family as everyone else is. So why don’t you spend a little time thinking about making your pet more comfortable when you plan your home remodel? You don’t have to do much, of course! 


You know your pet well and what makes him (and you) happy very well. Talk to your remodeling contractor about what you would like to do. He may have some ideas of his own to complement yours and the two of you together can create a home that is friendly to both humans and pets. That being said, here are few common ideas you could consider. An indoor pet retreat: This is a small room, usually located outside the back of the home with an access door that allows your pet to go in and out directly from the house. It has a lockable exterior door for safety. It can be designed to have an automatic feed and water fountain,…

Home Remodeling: Current Trends You Need to Know

Trends can be useful. They tell you what other people are thinking and doing. They give you ideas which you can use in your own life. They are also dangerous – if you blindly follow what others say and do, you are in the soup.  Nowhere is this truer than in the matter of home remodeling. This is something that you do once or maybe twice in your lifetime. You want your home to be the best it can ever be, so you look for the best and brightest concepts and samples toadopt. But remember, the most popular ideas and features may not work for your home or family. With that in mind, here are a few fresh popular concepts that can be adapted to suit most homes.


The Healthy Home
It is so obvious that it may sound ridiculous even to mention these small things. But a healthy home is more than just one that does use zero-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint. Consider these other often overlooked issues:

Are all the rooms well ventilated?If you live in an area with high levels of air an…

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Think Of Solar Energy When You Remodel

This steady increase in energy costs is making the use of solar energy in homes increasingly attractive. With everything in the home, from washing to cleaning, cooking, climate control, entertainment etc. all dependent on electricity, and new appliances becoming available every day, the demand for electricity will only increase. And while the demand increases, so do the costs. The price of electricity has been steadily increasing over the years and this trend will continue. Solar power for the home is the wave of the future to reduce utility costs, provide some degrees of insulation from grid power outages and to reduce a home's carbon footprint. The best time to add solar power to a home is during a remodel because the installation of the solar panels, wiring and other aspects of the conversion can be integrated into the remodel, saving of money and time.
The Advantages Of A Solar Powered Home Solar energy is an excellent long term investment offering a 200% Return on…

Creating a Family Friendly Kitchen