Your home is your castle. This proverb has never been truer than in today's ever progressing world. We’re always trying to make our houses cozier, more beautiful and more energy efficient. That's why we've gathered a few home improvement trends that started gathering steam as of lately.
Homes Are Getting Smarter
With the rise of IoT, the devices and appliances that we use in our homes get ever more advanced capabilities and are better able to work interconnectedly. Currently, the trendiest smart devices are the ones used for security purposes. You can have surveillance cameras that stream live footage you can view using your smartphone, tablet or computer. You can also get a smart garage door opener connected to a mobile app, which will allow you to open and close the door from practically anywhere in the world, as well as monitor its condition, and get alerts if it suddenly opens. The other major area where smart devices come in handy is energy efficiency. A smart thermostat will adjust the temperature in your home automatically, while special sensors will send an alert to your smartphone if there is a leak or another major issue affecting the water pipes or the HVAC system.
Sleeker, Modern, Better
Modern garage doors tend to be more energy-efficient and customizable now than ever before. With a new unit, you can make your house even more gorgeous and save money on energy spendings over the long term. There are some sophisticated technologies and designs that deserve your attention. Overhead doors with the highest R-value have two layers of steel and polyurethane in between their panels. This insulating material is resistant to water and mold. Wood is a natural insulator, so if you're considering garage door replacement, you can have your new door made from this material, and enjoy its unique curb appeal and insulation qualities. If you think that a wooden garage door will require more maintenance than you're willing to do, you may want to check out the option of getting a steel model with a faux wood finish.
Indoor Gardening Has Taken Off
Whether you have a small yard or you prefer to leave the outdoor space free for your kids to play around, indoor gardening could be the ideal solution for you. It's a great way to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and beautiful potted plants. You can adopt a traditional approach and place the pots near windows or even opt for hydroponic gardening. The latter option is perfectly suited for urban areas as with hydroponics you don’t need soil and you don’t have to worry about the plants getting enough sunlight. In fact, there are hydroponic gardening systems that can be fitted in cabinets that are specifically designed for home use. You can place such a cabinet in any room inside your house, but we would recommend your garage if you have enough available space for it. It’s great to be able to pick fresh mint or peppers every day.