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5 Smart Ways to Automate Your Home

The fourth industrial revolution is on its way and automation is transforming not only workplaces but also homes. Automation is unleashing a new age and it is offering convenience and comfort like never before. Manufacturing has become automated, cars have become smart and next in line are homes. 

Home automation is the new in thing and there are several ways by which you can make your home a part of it. Here we have listed the top five ways which will make your home stand out.


1. Lighting Control

Smart lighting is a vital part of home automation. Smart lighting control systems come with several permutations and combinations. From a single light to all the lights of a particular area or even the whole house, you can control the lighting at your fingertips. You can control the lights remotely or pre-set them so that they turn on or off automatically when a person enters or leaves. Furthermore, with one push button, you can dim home theatre lights, close the drapes, operate the coffee make…

7 Tips for Hiring a Reliable Home Remodeling Company

If you are looking for a home remodeling company, there are many which claim to provide top quality services. However, only the right one can offer you effective remodeling solutions and get you the maximum return on investment. Reputable home remodeling companies handling both exterior and interior remodeling service requests have extensive knowledge about the latest industry trends. In addition, they can fulfill your home remodeling needs taking into account your preferences, budget and aesthetic interests. When you start exploring the market for the best home remodeling company, keep in mind the following tips for picking the most reliable service provider depending on remodeling goals and other requirements. Here are the tips:



1. Ask Your Friends, Family or Colleagues for References

This is a good and safe way to find reliable home remodeling companies. Talk to friends, relatives, and colleagues who have used the services of a remodeling company and are satisfied with it. When you…

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Remodelling Company

While remodeling your house, it is crucial to connect with your contractor based on your vision. Choosing the right contractor is indeed a tough job when each one of them is promising you heaps. This job gets much easier when you understand which are the questions that need to be asked when you interview them. It will allow you to know how much your project means to them and how much of their resources they are going to pool in, to deliver as much as they have promised. 



Q1. How experienced are you in this industry?
Don’t look for a decent number of years as the answer to this because quantity over quality is not what you should be looking for. Instead, look for 10-20 references whom you can contact to get a genuine review of their work. 
Q2. Have you been licensed?
The answer should be yes. But the catch here is that only a few states require contractors to get a license before starting their practice. But a licensed contractor is going to be answerable to you and the contracting agency …

Does Your Home Get Enough Light?

No matter how large the living space is, if your home does not receive enough light, even the biggest of rooms would look small! With proper lighting, you will eliminate unnecessary shadows and accent the special features in your house! Here’s what you can do to get better lighting in your house:

1. Accenting Your Special Areas

Most modern kitchens at home have kitchen islands (if you haven’t updated your kitchen yet, click here to see the options you have!). Recessed lights provide ambient lighting for the entire kitchen. Hanging pendant lights in rows can specially accent your kitchen especially when you want to isolate your work to the island alone. Kitchen islands are also areas where people gather around, dine and have conversations, so it’s a very good idea to get isolated lights for that area.
Accenting bathroom mirrors with dual parallel lighting provides a special elegance. Individual lights above and below mirrors also eliminate shadows. Bathrooms generally have many mirrors an…

Top 5 Remodeling Mistakes That Are Destroying Your Remodel!

Undertaking remodeling projects can be very exciting for homeowners! If you’re a homeowner embarking on a new remodeling project, being aware of certain dos and don’ts will certainly help you. Here are the top 5 remodeling mistakes that could possibly destroy your whole project!


     1.Hiring the Wrong Contractor
The contractor you hire is going to be the backbone of your project and hence hiring the wrong contractor would be disastrous. Here’s what you need to look for in a contractor:
·Check out the contractor’s previous projects ·Make sure the contractor is experienced ·Most importantly, look for previous customer reviews.
If you need more details, we have two elaborate posts here talking about what to look for in a contractor!
Daniel Mackey has been remodeling homes and making dreams come true since 1986. Head over to our website and see what we can do for you.
     2.Not Sticking to the Plan
Sticking to the plan will determine whether you finish your remodel or not! Constantly altering …

Simple Home Renovations for the Summer

It is summer and soon you will have guests flooding your guesthouse or your distant relatives might drop in wanting to shack up for a few days at your place! At such short notice, apart from the usual cleaning and dusting, you may want to remodel a few areas of your house too! So here are a few simple remodeling jobs that take about a day to a week to complete!


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Pressure Washing the House

This is the fastest and most effective way to get a “quick” clean house. Pressure washes, apart from cleaning out dust and debris, also remove algae. Algae are the mould that might cause other complications in your house. Pressure washing is relatively simple and can be done with or without professional contractors. But a word of caution, pressure washers require some level of expertise as inexperienced washers could cause other damages to the house.

2.Simple Landscaping
Landscaping, apart from making your house look spectacular, will also add monetary value to the property! The aesthetic appeal that la…

Top 5 Floor Design Trends for 2019

Floor designs have kept changing over the years, with each year offering homeowners new aesthetics and patterns. So, going with the “Top 5 series” here are the top picks for floor designs in 2019!

      1.Patterned Wooden Flooring
Placing your wooden flooring in the same horizontal or vertical pattern is out of fashion! This year it’s all about placing them in simple yet artful patterns, be it the shape of an arrow or a zigzag pattern. More popular in the kitchen and bathrooms, the Chevron pattern is coming up in many homes! If you’re not interested in mainstream patterns and want to be unique, you MUST contact Daniel Mackey, because we bring you designer patterns that would make you the only homeowner to have that particular design in the whole world!
2.Bleached Wooden Flooring

      The classic brown or tinted wooden floors are not preferred by some homeowners and if you’re one of them, you’re in luck because the bleached wooden floors are in this year! The wooden floors are bleached v…

5 Tips for Remodeling Your House When You Have Kids

Letting your kids run about in an active construction or remodeling site is quite dangerous and would hardly be a “Baby’s Day Out” scenario! Very often homeowners would rent a motel and stay there with their families until the remodeling work is complete for the sake of safety of their kids! This ends up costing a lot and these unnecessary expenses can be avoided if you follow these 5 tips to keep your kids safe during a remodeling project!
It’s gonna get loud
Remodeling work is often associated with the use of heavy machinery .It’s definitely going to get loud around the house and it gets more difficult with babies around! So here is what we at Daniel Mackey do! We would install temporary soundproofing in your baby’s room which is much more cost effective than renting a motel. This will definitely reduce the noise entering your baby’s room and he/she can have a sound sleep. We also provide mufflers for  children who are over the age of 5 to reduce the noise.
Strategize and execute
A good…

Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2019

Going along with the new year and a new house idea, let us take a look at some of the new bathroom remodeling trends in 2019
          1.Taking it back to the 50’s
Walking into your bathroom would now feel like walking into a 50’s movie. Black and white interiors are now making a comeback with bold new designs. A mixture of white tubs and toilets with black cabinets, mirror borders and vanities are gaining much popularity and are expected to make big statements this year.
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Smart bathrooms
Smart bathrooms are getting smarter in 2019! Motion sensors that trigger and turn on the shower once you enter it, automatic temperature sensors to maintain optimal water temperature, Bluetooth speaker systems to start playing tunes when you are in the shower etc.If you can imagine this in a bathroom, then it is probably there and we at Daniel Mackey can bring your imagination to life.


          3.Wooden accessories

Nature themed bathrooms are getting more attention this year and homeowners prefer t…