What are some of the biggest changes you are seeing in the home tech industry? Recently, the industry has taken a turn toward smart homes and home automation solutions. Not only are customers interested in protecting their homes, but they want to control their door locks, lights, and thermostats, too. We constantly evaluate new products to add to our product Continue Reading
Architect Bill Hutchins has been designing homes and renovations for three decades in locales as far-reaching as California, North Carolina, Baja Mexico and Nepal. His innovative firm, Helicon Works Architects, functions as a collaborative—a unique group of architects and natural builders, as well as a project manager, lighting designer, wood artisan, metal craftsman, renewable energy systems building scientist, interior designer, Continue Reading
Edward G. Wenz, Jr. is a certified lead abatement expert working in the state of Michigan on the Flint drinking water crisis. As a principal in the Contractors Training Institute and the Lead Renovator Training company, he also trains contractors and helps homeowners address lead problems in their home water pipes. He has this advice for anyone who is concerned Continue Reading
Justin Jaques is a home improvement contractor who also specializes in hanging holiday lights. Here’s his advice for homeowners on working with contractors to hang and maintain festive outdoor lighting. Why should a homeowner call a contractor to hang their holiday lights? People are getting busier all the time—especially around the chaotic holiday season—and find they don’t have time to Continue Reading
A little overwhelmed by the financials of solar? We know the feeling well—that initial down payment can seem like a lot. But when you really drill down into your system’s cost of return, it can offer some serious savings over time. To get a better sense of these factors, as well as what goes into a residential installation, we spoke Continue Reading
Tina Gleisner knows what she’s talking about when it comes to home contracting, repairs, and renovation. After all, she ran her own “handyman” business for 8 years, she’s owned (and fixed up) 15 houses, and she’s now a successful entrepreneur. Her company, HomeTipsforWomen, publishes homeowner guides and offers workshops that coach women through everything they need to know to improve Continue Reading
HVAC systems are evolving quickly. Advanced efficiency ratings, new system technologies, and high-tech thermostats are just some of the innovations homeowners have at their disposal to make their homes more comfortable—and their energy bills more affordable. But sorting through all of that new technology can be difficult. To help us understand HVAC efficiencies and what happens when you replace your Continue Reading
Many homeowners don’t realize even realize how noisy, dusty, or uncomfortable their windows have become until they have them replaced. And new windows offer more than a chance to change your home’s look. They may also help you with noise insulation in your bedroom or keep the sun off your back in your kitchen. To understand how new windows can Continue Reading
Are you the type who likes to do everything yourself, no matter how technical it might be? If so, this interview is for you. We interviewed Dave Donaldson, senior design engineer at GoGreenSolar, a company dedicated to helping homeowners install their own solar systems. The company also produces DIY solar kits and provides design and installation services. If someone wants Continue Reading
Let’s Go Solar provides an array of resources to help consumers figure out what kind of solar panels to put on their home and what they cost. We interviewed editor Laura Brigham, who has installed a 5 kwh array on her own home, about the options homeowners should be aware of, as well as how to pay for them. “Solar Continue Reading
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So just who are The Experts? To put it simply, The Experts are outstanding, refreshing, inspiring. Their work makes us feel excited about home design.
We’ve asked these architects, landscape artists, and interior designers to be here because we think they’re just plain wonderful. Once you take a look at what they have to say in terms of design philosophy and advice, and then after you view some of their amazing work, we think you’ll agree.
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