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How a Smart Home Can Help You Go Green
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How a Smart Home Can Help You Go Green

When talking about smart homes, the main focus is usually the functionality and convenience factor. However, investing in smart home automation technologies can also help you save energy and reduce your carbon footprint. There are myriad ways…

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4 Smart Products to Modernize Your Space and Boost Home Value
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4 Smart Products to Modernize Your Space and Boost Home Value

Our houses, like most aspects of our modern lives, are becoming increasingly technological—and increasingly smart. Smart devices for the home range from a button that restocks your laundry detergent via an Amazon order to a camera that…

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Why You Should Use Smart Technology to Control Your Blinds
Bali AutoView Shades. Image: Digitized House Media.

Why You Should Use Smart Technology to Control Your Blinds

Getting enough natural sunlight in your living space is vital if you wish to feel good and stay healthy, and focusing on the blinds is the easiest way to do that. Controlling blinds through motorization might not…

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9 Scandinavian Design Trends You Will Love at Home
Scandinavian design can be a compelling option for your home. Image: BoConcept.

9 Scandinavian Design Trends You Will Love at Home

Minimalism has taken off. With the new movement toward functionality, small space living, and keeping things decluttered, it’s not surprising we’re looking further north for our design trends.  Scandinavian design is all about function, style, and minimalist…

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4 Alternative Decking Materials for Your Outdoor Space
Polymer decking from Azek is among a new wave of highly durable decking materials. Image: Digitized House Media.

4 Alternative Decking Materials for Your Outdoor Space

As technology marches forward, the materials we use for constructing our homes continually evolves. In many cases, building products manufacturers are developing hybrid, synthetic, and metallic materials designed to supplant conventional wood, which can bring higher durability,…

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Future-Proofing Your Smart Home with a Structured Media Enclosure
One of the best ways of future-proofing your new smart home is with a structured media enclosure. Image: Digitized House Media.

Future-Proofing Your Smart Home with a Structured Media Enclosure

A structured media enclosure has become standard fare in many new homes, as production and custom home builders are often including technology wiring packages in their base home feature lists, or offering them as upgrades. These in-wall…

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Infographic: Energy Efficient Home | The Basics
The infographic Energy Efficient Home: The Basics goes far behind the basics of building an energy efficient dwelling. Scroll into it below. Image: Blinds 2 Go.

Infographic: Energy Efficient Home | The Basics

In a comprehensive infographic on the green or high-performance home, the creative and editorial team behind the Energy Efficient Home: The Basics infographic below have most assuredly gone far beyond the basics. From our colleagues at the…

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Austin Cool House Tour 2018 a study in smart design
Carter Design Associates and Tensegrity, LLC, exterior shading. Image: Leonid Furmansky.

Austin Cool House Tour 2018 a study in smart design

For residents of Austin, Texas, the 22nd annual Cool House Tour is an opportunity to take in the latest in high-performance residential architecture, encompassing both new construction and remodels across single- and multi-family configurations. These are, well,…

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Automating Window Shades in the Connected Home Era: Part 2
Automating your window shades is easier than ever. These Graber Mezzanine layered shades have onboard Z-Wave motors and work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Image: Digitized House Media.

Automating Window Shades in the Connected Home Era: Part 2

As we wrote in Part 1 of this series, motorized shades and blinds are moving rapidly into the DIY connected home mainstream. You may no longer need to hire a CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association)…

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