Dark. Dank. Scary. Haunted? These are just some of the words I use to describe my childhood laundry room. Less of a room, actually, and more of a corner in my unfinished basement. Most of the people I knew had a basement laundry room— taking up real estate on the main floors seemed like a waste for such a utilitarian space.
Lately that home philosophy is being reconsidered, and for good reason. As a busy mom, the laundry is something I interact with on nearly a daily basis— loading, unloading, folding, sorting, or emergency stain removal. There always seems to be a reason to head to the laundry room to take care of something. Hiking up and down two floors of stairs on a regular basis can get old.
Grab a cozy seat after dinner for an exclusive look at HGTV Smart Home 2016. Tune in live to HGTV tonight at 11 p.m. ET for the HGTV Smart Home Special. Host and interior designer Tiffany Brooks gives you a behind-the-scenes tour and shows you what it takes to plan, design and build the most sophisticated home in HGTV history.
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When you hear “home technology,” are you thinking “invasive surgery for my house”? Do you worry that the actual smart one in the bargain will be the electrician getting paid handsomely for all that rewiring? Luckily, home technology doesn’t have to burrow behind your drywall.
In fact, many of the products at HGTV Smart Home 2016 require no wiring at all. These devices, ranging from simple to sophisticated, provide plenty of flexibility and specialize in ease-of-use. They install in seconds, you can add on to them as your needs evolve, and you can even take many of them with you when you move. Let’s look at a few ideas for having a smart home without drilling a hole.
The wait is over! You’ve toured every room of HGTV Smart Home 2016, and now you can enter for a chance to win this sophisticated Southern retreat in Raleigh, North Carolina.
From now until June 2nd 2016, you can enter twice online per day — once on HGTV.com and once on DIYNetwork.com — for your chance to win the HGTV Smart Home 2016, a prize package valued at over $1.2 million.
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Thursday at 11:00 p.m. ET, tune in as interior designer Tiffany Brooks takes you through the build and design process from start to finish. Now you can watch and tweet live using #HGTVSmartHome.
No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the U.S., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends at 5 p.m. ET on 6/2/16. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. For full official rules, visit hgtv.com or send a self addressed stamped envelope to: “HGTV Smart Home Giveaway” – RR, P.O. Box 52822, Knoxville, TN 37950. Main Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC d/b/a Home & Garden Television.
It’s finally here! The HGTV Smart Home 2016 virtual tour is live. Step inside each new Southern sophisticated space with 360-degree tours, video walk-throughs and photos of every amazing detail.
We’re weeks away from the HGTV Smart Home 2016 tour launch. To satisfy your imaginations and indulge your eager eyes, I’ve pulled together a collection of design details showcased in black-and-white photography. While I can’t show you everything just yet, I can offer you an exclusive glimpse. From traditional touches and sleek modern design details, to geometric patterns and elegant furnishings, this home is packed with sophisticated Southern charm.
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As our always-connected lives get more and more chaotic, many of us look to home to provide a getaway from all the noise. And with screens stealing the attention of our family and friends, we’re trying to set up our homes as a place where we can put our devices down and have distraction-free time with our family.
That said, I’m not suggesting that technology should be banished from the home. Far from it! HGTV Smart Home 2016 is teeming with tech that makes life more convenient, safer, and a lot more fun. I’m merely suggesting that, in little ways, we can style our homes to put tech in the background, creating an environment that is more Zen and less zany. Here are some ways you can minimize the technology in your home, without sacrificing fabulous modern amenities.
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If you’re confused about whether home technology would make your home safer, you’re not alone. I mean, your current home has locks on the doors, and maybe an alarm system. So it couldn’t get safer than that, right? The truth is, the latest crop of high-tech home security devices can add even more peace of mind, by offering you the ability to monitor and control your home, even when you’re not at home. Here are some of the ways that home technology can make you safer.
If you leave a regular door unlocked in your house, you’ll never know until it’s too late. If you’re not sure about the status of a smart lock, however, you can see whether it’s locked or not on an app, and lock up remotely.
Here’s a bright idea: lights you can control from a distance, or even program to turn off or on in advance. Smart lights can save you electricity and legwork, especially in the case of a rogue light switch that my 5’3”-tall self could not reach. And yes, you can install some smart lights without calling in an electrician! Here are your options.
The wait is over! HGTV has chosen Raleigh, North Carolina, as the location of HGTV Smart Home 2016. It’s the perfect blend of Carolina charm paired with Raleigh’s technology loaded location. This cozy home is nestled amongst the established wooded tracts and grassy parks in the City of Oaks. You can get out and browse the shops at Brier Creek Commons, taste local sips from one of Raleigh’s 21 craft breweries, and finish the night off exploring the downtown Capital District before coming home to HGTV Smart Home 2016.
The home is an unexpected contrast in traditional materials juxtaposed against modern and eclectic touches. Traditional, rustic oak and a cool color palette combined with metals and stone builds the foundation for HGTV Smart Home 2016. Follow construction >>