Are We Ready for the Smart Homes Transition?

smart homes transition

alsYou’ve probably hear of Nest thermostats. In case you haven’t, they let you control your home’s thermostat with a mobile app. They can also learn from your usage what temperatures you prefer at what time of day and can create the most energy-saving thermostat schedule. According to Nest, independent research shows these smart thermostats can save you 10%-12% on your … Read More

Refresh Your Empty Nest

refresh your empty nest

One of the most exciting times in you and your spouse’s lives may be when you send your kids off to college or when they move to apartments or houses of their own. You might find yourself a little sad, yet eager for the possibilities. Maybe you’re looking around your house right now, wondering what kind of updates you can … Read More

How to (Un)wire Your House for Entertainment

wireless home entertainment

For years now, making the switch from cable TV entertainment to wireless streaming has been trending in home entertainment. In fact, according to eMarketer, 22 million people have “cut the cord” and dropped cable services. And the number of people who have never subscribed to cable TV, known as “cord-nevers,” rises every year and is up to 34 million. So … Read More

Ten Coolest Home Design Apps

home design apps

Building your custom dream home can be a lot of fun. Imagine being in almost complete control over the size and specs of your house. Sound exciting? But what if you’re not in the market for a new house and still want to get the thrill of designing your dream home? Well, you’re in luck, because there are plenty of … Read More

The Best Flowers to Plant in Late Summer and Fall

flowers to plant in late summer

Summer is winding down and fall begins, unofficially, after Labor Day. Perhaps you’ve returned from a summer of travelling or have just seen the kids back to school. You may find yourself spending a little more time at home, looking for a creative outlet. As you prepare for cooler weather, don’t put away the gardening gloves and trowels just yet! … Read More

Set Up the Perfect Homework Space

homework space at home

It’s the ongoing challenge of each school year: keep kids focused and successful in their studies. You probably know just how much more productive you are when you work in the right space. The same is true for kids. Whether completing math problems or composing a poem, a child needs the right environment for his or her learning style. Set your kids … Read More

Are Your Home and Family Disaster-Ready?

home and family disaster-ready

Protecting against natural disasters is just as wise as winterizing your lawn and garden, and routinely performing spring cleaning. Find out how to keep your home and family disaster-ready, so you have what you need, when harsh elements strike.   Don’t Ignore the Risk of Flooding Nature hit this past February quite hard, with many storms. According to WLWT Channel … Read More

Is Solar Energy Right for Your Home?

alternative energy

In the past decade, the use of alternative energy has increased thanks to the increasing popularity of renewable energy resources and tax incentives. If you’re considering a switch to solar energy, or if you’re building a new home, now is a great time to dig a little deeper into whether it can save you money on your home.       … Read More

How to Start a Garden at Home

start a garden at home

A garden is a fantastic way to take some control over what you feed your family. It can also let you surround yourself and your home with gorgeous flowers. Gardening requires dedication, but the satisfaction of knowing you grew your own food and flowers might outweigh the time and work. You can learn a lot when you start a garden … Read More

Is a Sunroom Right For Your Home?

pros and cons of sunrooms

Whether you call it a solarium, a Florida room, a lanai, or a patio room, many people consider sunrooms to be the best seat in the house. A sunroom can feel like a retreat in your very own home. Maybe you’re building a new home and debating whether to include a sunroom. Or maybe you’re considering making an addition to … Read More