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Is Home Automation Going Mainstream?

There was a time, not so long ago, when the concept of home automation was like something out of a science fiction movie. It suggested a home filled with robots and talking computers that could meet all the needs of the humans who lived in the home. These humans of the future would lead lives of luxury, free from all domestic work and secure in their homes that were protected by automatic ray guns and the like. All this may still be possible, but only in the distant future. Although technology has made great strides over the past few decades, the time of the intelligent robot that is capable of responding in a human like manner to the demands of its master or a computer that can converse like a human being is still far away. But home automation is not. Home Automation Is Here Actually it has been around for longer than most people realize. Look at the toaster. It’s been around for ages. But when the first toaster appeared that automatically popped up the toast when it w

Bay Area Remodeling Trends

Architecture is a regional issue. The design and feel of a home is heavily influenced by where it is located. For example, you would not expect to find a ranch style home in the North East or a southern mansion in the North West. The same applies to remodeling trends. Some designs and materials are more suitable for some parts of the country than for others. And once a few people in one region start remodeling their homes in a certain way, it becomes a trend. And following this trend is not just a matter of keeping up with the Jones’. Or at least it shouldn’t be. Generally speaking regional trends have value because they are proven to be right for the region in terms of comfort, looks and durability. So what are the trends in the Bay Area? Bay Area Remodeling Earlier it used to be people who had owned their homes for many years who went in for remodeling. While they still do, they are now being joined by fairly new homeowners who may have possessed the property for just a