Have you ever wanted to unlock your door with a fingerprint? Control the indoor and outdoor lights with your phone? You can do those things and more with a smart home. We show you how to get a home with connected technology and remote-operated devices that are designed to improve and simplify your life. We sift through the many options, including smart appliances, new apps, and smartphone and tablet innovation, and only bring you those that can make your life better. We give you tips and tricks for navigating the new home technologies and help you with buying decisions.See More
Thoughtful planning and clever fixes transform an ordinary split-level house into a storage-rich home -- without adding a single inch to its footprint.
A hardworking family needs a hardworking living area, one that uses every inch of space available. Built-in cabinets stash books and media and provide a bonus display surface. Find or design and build furniture that serves more than one purpose: This coffee table/ottoman has a rotating top with an upholstered side for feet and a hardwood side for snacks.
Thick passageways between rooms include built-in bookshelves and display space.
The kitchen communication center features a computer and a flat-panel television on an articulated arm that can be concealed behind bifold doors.
Fresh paint and new glass shelves transform the dining room's traditional, basic built-ins into a sassy mod-style wall unit.
The computer nook occupies a sliver of space between bedroom doors. An interior window pulls natural light from one bedroom. Sized for a "pilot and copilot" while surfing the Internet, the space can be reconfigured as needs change.