Driveway Paving

One of the biggest investments you can make to improve your home’s curb appeal is a paved driveway.  For folks who live in the city, this is a pretty common of any home however I live in the country and for a long time the “norm” was gravel driveways. While considering options I looked at

Lutron Caseta Wireless Dimmers

The Lutron Caseta lineup of wireless dimmers and controllers is, in my opinion, a great addition to any home.  I have been slowly adding them into various rooms over time and extremely pleased with their durability and reliability.  As you may recall, everything I am working on at the house is designed around HomeKit and

Schlage Sense Software Update 4.27

Received a note the other day on my Schlage Sense locks that there is an upgrade from 4.25 to 4.27.  Unfortunately the notes on the update only say “bug fixes”.  It would be really nice to have companies that produce software provide for a bit more detail on why someone should upgrade.  I upgraded my

Exterior Lighting – Walkway & Flood Lights

Exterior lighting on a house can really increase the attractive features of a home.   Lights are traditionally used to light a pathway for example but they can also accent trees, shrubs, gardens and driveways for example.  In my case I wanted to add a low level of light around the front walkway, some small

Philips Hue Lightstrip & Hue Dimmer Switch

The Hue Lightstrip from Philips is a versatile piece of home automation that I am becoming addicted to.   I admit that when I first heard about “smart bulbs” and “smart light strips” that the first thoughts were “just a gimmick”, however since installing one of the light strips now I couldn’t be more pleased

Exterior Lighting – Wall Sconces

To compliment our new doors and windows it seemed like a good time to replace our exterior lights on the house.  We really like the look of some of the modern outside lights especially wall sconces.  After quite a bit of searching around favourite retailers locally and online, we found some that really grabbed our

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

During a recent upgrade of doors and windows, I needed to determine new locks for our front and basement doors.  Immediately I began to research options that were HomeKit compatible, would be visually appealing, and something of significant quality. From a lock perspective, I have always found there are two names in the business with

Home Office Renovation

I have the privilege of working from home quite often and as such believe that a comfortable and functional work environment is key to people’s success.  In our objective to renovate our house, the office became the one of the first places I started to focus on.  The room is a very nice size for

Kids Bedroom Renovation #1 – Loft Bed

For some time now, our youngest daughter has wanted a loft bed in her bedroom.  If you have not seen a loft bed before then there is one thing to note – they take up a huge amount of space but they have the benefit of creating additional usable space underneath them.  I had told

First Alert Onelink Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Every home needs to have multiple smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed – that’s really simple common sense and in a lot of areas it’s required by law. In my home I had five smoke detectors throughout and two carbon monoxide detectors of which two units were wired and the rest were battery based.  All