As our population ages, so does the number of at-home, unpaid caregivers. According to a 2010 report*, the aging population (65+) in the U.S. will more than double between the years 2000 and 2030, increasing to 71.5 million. It’s no wonder that in 2012, 65.7 million caregivers made up 29 percent of the U.S. adult […]Get the Guide
Home Automation Roundup
Your smart home starts with a good list of home automation options
One of the biggest challenges of adding technology to a home is finding and comparing the many options available. You can scour the Internet for hours and still leave scratching your head. While the selection of home automation systems may not be as immense as stereo speakers or smart TVs, it’s still impressive … and […]Get the Guide
Time to Give Your House a DIY Job?
It’s one thing to hear about a home automation system from the company that manufactured it; it’s another to listen to the thoughts about the system from the people who actually use it. Manufacturers are quick to claim that their automation systems are easy to install and even easier to use, but are they really? […]Get the Guide
DIYers Display Their Automation Chops
3 amazing projects prove what’s possible when homeowners tackle automation on their own.
Interested in automating your home? There are options galore—from sophisticated systems that are best installed by a trained professional, those that you can buy and have installed by your Internet Service Provider, and packages of automation gear available online and at retail outlets that are designed to be set up by homeowners. The latter is […]Get the Guide
Old School New School
Originally a school auditorium, this beautiful 4,644-square-foot space is now home to a family of four and is equipped with smart home technology and media systems that are so intuitive to use, virtually no schooling is needed. This cavernous structure was transformed into livable areas with a little ingenuity on the parts of the builder […]Get the Guide
DIY or Professional Lighting Control: 5 Tips to Help You Choose
Automating your home’s lights is one of this year’s biggest home technology trends. Every week there are new launches for individual products or whole house lighting systems designed to make it easier to operate and customize your home’s lighting. Once you’ve deciding that automated lighting control is something you want for your home, the next […]Get the Guide
Music Buffs Branch into Home Automation
Relative newbies to home technology, the owners of a traditional-style 6,000-square-foot home in Lower Gwynedd, Penn., decided to incorporate a few high-tech touches after seeing a whole-house audio system running at a friend’s home. Like their friend, they were avid music listeners, and could clearly recognize the benefits of putting a control system in charge […]Get the Guide
Enhance Your Schlage Lock with Wink DIY Home Automation
The lock maker has new features for use with the DIY home automation app.
The lock maker has new features for use with the DIY home automation app.Get the Guide
Top 5 Reasons to Get Motorized Window Shades
The benefits of investing in motorized window shades include energy savings, lighting control and convenience.
They do more than just cover the glass; when motorized they deliver a host of benefits.Get the Guide
The Minimalist Master: Master Suite Gold
OUT OF ALL THE ROOMS IN THE HOME, THE MASTER SUITE demands the aura of sanctuary above all others. But creating such an escape doesn’t mean that technology must be relegated to the basement home theater or outdoor music system. Instead, the owners of this award-winning master suite—a couple that also lives in a luxury […]Get the Guide