Connected Devices Leave You Vulnerable To Attackers

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is slowly taking over consumer markets in every category, from coffee makers to fitness trackers. Yet while smart automation might seem like the ideal for consumer convenience, when it comes to home security systems, connecting to the Internet can lead to increased vulnerability. The home automation market was worth $78.27 billion by 2022 CAGR of …

Renovations With A Return On Investment

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Renovating is about living in the home of your dreams, but getting a return on the cash you’ve invested can be confusing. If you don’t plan to retire in your current home, but you know its time to update focusing on areas that give you a good ROI you can recoup thousands of dollars from your renovation. Recently Remodeling.hw.net made …

Carbon Monoxide — The Silent Killer In Your Home

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Each year many people die from unintentional CO poisoning. Even more will visit the emergency room and be hospitalized due to CO poisoning. Fatality is highest among people 65 and older. Sadly, the number of deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning continues to rise yearly. Here is a quick list of symptoms, causes and what to do when the alarm sounds. …

SOLID CORE / HOLLOW CORE BATTLE ROYALE!

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The materials used inside the door compose its core. The type of core used affects the weight of the door, its ability to withstand impact, fire rating and sound transmission. The decision between solid core and hollow core needs to be made based on a cost vs benefit analysis. While hollow core doors are lighter and less expensive, solid core …

Inspections – A Corner Stone Of Renovations

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It’s all too easy to overlook how important it is for inspectors to be diligent about safeguards and guidelines. If you’re preparing for or in the middle of a renovation make sure to be ready for the inspections, compliance orders and yes, even costly delays that can sometimes accompany them. After all they’re ultimately there for you and your families …

Compare Pricing for Home Renovations?

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Over the years many have asked, “How much do you charge per square foot?” When remodeling, this is typically asked about home additions. Some homeowners believe that the answer creates a platform to compare remodelers and their estimates. However, this general question would be like asking a automobile dealership, “How much is a car per pound?” When estimating the cost …

Home Renovation Tips – Batteries

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Have you ever had a junk drawer full of batteries and odds n ends? It can be frustrating to try and figure out which batteries are still good and which ones are used or dead. Here is a handy way of checking to see if the batteries are still good without hooking them up to a volt meter. By bouncing …

A DESIGNERS VIEW ON THEIR OWN RENOVATION

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Here is a raw and honest perspective from Amy van Meiji over at Dutch Touch Interiors. She explains the struggles arising in her own renovation. As much as I try to explain this to clients who are not in the field, I can’t seem to be able to describe the discomfort of living in the house during a renovation, especially …

GETTING A GLIMPSE INTO THE MIND OF A GENERAL CONTRACTOR

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Working as a designer and general contractor, I have learned a few lessons along way, and some of those lessons may help homeowners as well. What you do is as important as what you don’t do, and sometimes a homeowner’s natural instincts and actions can have a negative affect on a home renovation project. Do you know if you’re helping …

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BENEFITS OF A SHOWER BENCH

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CONSIDERING RENOVATING TO YOUR MASTER BATHROOM? One of the things that would make a MAJOR difference in your bathroom is including a shower bench. Shower benches can be built-in, fold down, be ‘floating’, or even be a freestanding piece of furniture. The top of the bench needs to slope slightly to allow the water to drain, or have holes in …