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New Home Technology
Revolutionary Online Tool Makes Technology for New Homes Easy.

For the first time, there is an online tool that makes the selection and installation of an entire new home technology suite easy and far less expensive.

The new tool, which is available now, automatically takes care of basics like WiFi and fundamental wiring, and then asks what other features are desired. TVs, music throughout the home, lighting control, motorized shades, surveillance cameras, "smart" thermostats, and more - almost anything a client would want in a new home, tech-wise, is covered. The company says its tool is perfect for a 1,500 to 5,000 square foot home.

"Frankly, I hope to make what I've been doing for the last 15 years mostly obsolete," says Dean Clough, Founder and President of Casa Integration. "I came to realize that the methods employed by me and nearly everyone else in the same business in the end fail our clients. They're too complicated, too intimidating, and not reliable enough, especially given the expense involved."

In an industry variously known as "Residential Technology Integration" or "Custom Installation", the traditional approach is a lot of complex gear installed by expensive specialists that, while often providing useful and fun capabilities, tends to be expensive at the start and no less so to maintain.

Clough believes we're at a watershed moment: individual products are now so capable, that by carefully selecting the right pieces, the vast majority of people will be very happy with the outcome. Casa Integration has meticulously distilled things to the point where everything can be installed by the building team, a handyman, or even by motivated DIY'ers. Most importantly, it enables the architect to direct the building team in this ever-more-critical area of the home building process.

Initial feedback from the architect community has been excellent. Upon learning of the concept while it was still under development, veteran San Francisco architect David Armour exclaimed "I need this for the new home I'm building myself!" "Mission accomplished," says Clough.

TLC Tips For Your Home
If your favorite room is outdated, small changes one room at a time may be all you need to fall in love with your home all over again.

It's the heart of the home, and it's where many homeowners sink big money to make upgrades. Kitchen renovations don't have to require a second mortgage though. Re-facing rather than replacing cabinetry can bring about a whole new look for a whole lot less money. This is a good option when the existing cabinets are still in good working condition and you're just looking for an aesthetic change. Other small-scale options include swapping out the countertop and sink, changing the lighting fixtures and updating tired floors with contemporary wood or tile.

When plumbing is involved, project costs can skyrocket, but there are some relatively simple ways you can give your bathroom a facelift on a modest budget. For starters, swap out all the fixtures from lighting to faucets. A new vanity is another instant upgrade, whether you opt for an updated version of the original or select a whole new style for a completely fresh look.

Also consider upgrades that can increase natural light and fresh air without compromising privacy, such as the addition of skylights to your ceiling, or "fifth wall," which can completely change the lighting dynamic of the room. In addition to balanced, natural light, skylights like those from Velux can open to help refresh your space and keep it odor- and moisture-free.

For extra style and light control, consider complementing the room's decor with skylights featuring colored blinds, which are available in more than 100 colors and styles, and also offer remote control operation for convenience in raising and lowering the blinds and opening skylights to let in fresh air. Learn more about making the fifth wall part of your renovation plan at

Living Room
A common space where the family gathers is likely to sustain the greatest wear and tear, and because you spend so much time there, it's also a room where you're likely to find a list of things that irk you. Creating a new color scheme is a simple fix that transforms the space, but changing the palette of the walls is just the beginning. Also consider taking your redesign to the ceiling with vibrant colors, creative wallpapers or even exposed beams. Round out the room by swapping out lamp shades, adding vibrant throw pillows, replacing old curtains or blinds, or tying the color scheme together with a new area rug.

In your private sanctuary, all the typical options for updates apply for sure. However, this is a space where the furnishings can be an especially impactful way to influence the ambiance, especially if a construction project in the room where you sleep is impractical. Changing out the style of the bed frame and complementary pieces creates a whole new vibe for the room. Then bring in a new collection of textiles for the bedding and drapery to help round out the pseudo-renovation.

Laundry Room
If you're looking for modest ways to update your home, be sure to consider spaces like the laundry room. Although you likely use this space less frequently than common spaces like the living room or kitchen, plenty of essential activity happens in the laundry area. Practical features like added storage space, cheerful color on the walls and easy-to-clean flooring can all make this room's tedious tasks more enjoyable.

Cool New Innovation
Napoleon's new Luxuria Linear Series features industry-unique technology eliminates the need for a fireplace safety screen.

"We know homeowners associate positive emotions with fireplaces, and that they want them in a variety of rooms," said Stephen Schroeter, senior vice-president of sales and marketing for Napoleon. "This is what makes the new linear series so exciting; its benefits expand how, when and where fireplaces can be appreciated."

The Dynamic Heat Control and Glass Guard Systems come standard on every Luxuria Linear Series fireplace, and offer the following benefits:

Heat can be redirected from the fireplace opening eliminating the need for a safety screen.

With the ability to redirect heat from the fireplace to other areas of the home, or even outside, homeowners can enjoy the ambiance of the fireplace year-round while maintaining a comfortable temperature.

Without a safety screen the beauty of the fireplace can be appreciated from clear glass that remains safe to touch.

Envy Of All
This lustrous full-view, glass frameless garage door boasts a sleek frameless exterior for an ultra-modern look.

"Envy is a stylish option for restaurants, bars, car dealerships and urban offices seeking to add a contemporary design element to their spaces. Likewise, homeowners will enjoy the ultra-modern boost to their curb appeal. Regardless of how you use it, Envy is certain to turn heads," said Russ Lowe, Product Manager at Overhead Door.

Envy underwent rigorous safety and reliability testing, including exposure to extreme temperatures and user testing on homes.
Time To Fire Up The Grill
Light, easy, healthy & delectable - Grilled Salmom with Peppered Soy Glaze Recipe
Start with an easy, homemade marinade. End with perfection. Malaysian-inspired salmon feels the heat from ginger and red and black pepper, balanced by tangy soy sauce and a pop of citrus from fresh lime. Add a side of grilled bok choy for one bold finish.
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Black Pepper, Coarse Ground
1 teaspoon McCormick® Ginger, Ground
1 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic, Minced
1 teaspoon McCormick® Sesame Seed
1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Red Pepper, Crushed
1 1/2 pounds salmon fillet
Mix all ingredients except salmon in small bowl. Reserve 3 tablespoons for brushing. Brush remaining marinade on top of salmon. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
Place salmon, skin-side down, on grill over medium heat. Cover. Grill about 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork, brushing with reserved marinade halfway through and during the last few minutes of cooking. To remove salmon, slide a long spatula between the skin and flesh of the cooked salmon, leaving the skin behind.
Outdoor Entertaining
LA Lifestyle
Customize your outdoor living experience for taste, mood & moment.

"The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life."
Marie Kondo
Outdoor Entertaining
Summer Entertaining Style
Brighten your outdoor living space with color & set the mood for summer to fun!

A modern white canvas adds an element of glamour and gives a cooling vibe on hot summer days.

Summer Hot Spot
Save energy and improve functionality with a new kitchen remodel. Summer is the perfect time to brighten the busiest room in your home. Start with an open accessable layout and end by adding fun decor accents.
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