Smart Home Automation Takes a Dip Into Pools

Many poolside mechanisms, such as the heater, pump and timer, can now be automatically controlled with smart home technology, optimizing energy use and performance and potentially extending their lifespan—a benefit that can result in thousands in saved repair or replacement costs, which are often a...

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What the Word Home Means to Us

Some may say a house, some may say family. Some might say comfort. Home is all of the above—and then some. The Life at Home report, released annually by IKEA, surveys thousands of people around the world to determine what makes a home a home. The findings...

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Embrace the Summer Oasis in Your New Custom Home

Summer’s here, and with it comes the desire to embrace the season through the décor in our homes. “This time of year offers an opportunity to create your perfect summer oasis by bringing sunny shades from the outdoors into your new custom home,” says Nathan Fischer,...

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Make Your Custom Home Comfortable and Safe for Your Pet

For millions of Americans, pets are a member of the family. They provide companionship and countless memories that last a lifetime. Having a pet-friendly custom home increases the likelihood that these memories will be positive. These tips can make pet ownership simpler, and create a safer,...

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The Doorbell Finally Gets Smart

It’s hard to believe our front doors could hold so much potential for technology—but automated door locks, cameras, facial recognition, intercom stations, lighting, motorized shades, peepholes and smart doorbells are all making the front door a new entry point in the smart custom home. CEPro.com, a...

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How to Choose the Right Appliances for Your Custom Home

Are you getting ready to buy a major appliance, like a refrigerator, oven, dishwasher or dryer for your new custom home? The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM.org) recommends the following tips: Get the specs. Ask your dealer for specifications from several manufacturers offering the type of appliance...

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Simple Steps to Be Your Own Mosquito Fighting Squad

Despite recent news that Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that can carry Zika, chikungunya and other viruses has spread to 30 states, the majority of Americans have yet to embrace basic recommendations to help reduce the mosquito population at their own homes. That's the result of a new...

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The Ultimate Moving Checklist

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, getting ready takes lots of pre-planning. From Real Simple magazine, a moving checklist: Two Months Before • Sort and Purge – Go through every room in your home and decide what you will take and what you will get...

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Metal Roofs Equal Tax Credits

Metal roofing has many advantages when it comes to energy efficiency—including a recently-added $500 credit for homeowners. Those who are planning to install a metal roof atop their primary residence in 2016, or installed one in 2015, can capitalize on the tax break. “Consumers are making...

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