Why You Should Install a Smart Irrigation System

Here are just a few reasons why a state-of-the-art smart irrigation system is worth installing.

Weather Responsive

A smart system will receive local weather data and adjust the watering schedule accordingly.

Reduce Water Consumption

Smart sprinklers reduce your water consumption, making them an eco-friendly option that will lower your monthly bill.

Mobile Control

If you do need to make manual updates to your lawns watering schedule, smart systems can easily be controlled through an app on your smartphone.

Easy Installation

Installing these systems is usually as easy as purchasing a smart controller thats compatible with your current irrigation system.

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4 Luxury Floors for Dog Owners

These durable, stylish and easy to clean flooring options are perfect for dog owners!

Hardwoods

Go with a type of hardwood that has a resistance to denting and wear, like hickory, maple or oak.

Sealed Concrete

As long as its sealed, youre unlikely to ever see a scratch, and you wont have to worry about lingering stains.

Natural Stone

Stone that is tough and durable, particularly when it comes to accidents, include sandstone, granite and slate.

Ceramic and Porcelain Tile

In addition to being a practical choice, a major advantage that tile floors can offer is a wide range of styles to choose from.

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4 Plants to Give Your Bathroom a Tropical Feel

These four plants will promote a sense of harmony and relaxation in your bathroom.

Orchids

Native to the tropics, a steamy bathroom can be the perfect spot to grow this breathtaking plant, as long as it gets enough natural light.

Spider Plant

Spider plants are renowned for being low maintenance, but the biggest draw is likely their well-documented air-purifying abilities.

Bromeliads

From bright pinks and yellows to deep purple, youll be hard-pressed to find a more stunning specimen.

Philodendron

With its dark and glossy leaves, a philodendron will instantly give your bathroom the feel of a tropical rainforest.

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Bring in the Natural Light With These Home Features

Theres no substitute for natural light. It makes your home feel more uplifting and energized, which is why its usually atop the list of requirements for luxury homebuyers. While tall ceilings and oversized windows are sure to let the sunlight pour in, here are a few features that ensure youll have an abundance of natural light each day.

Solarium
A solarium is like having a greenhouse connected to your home. The walls and ceilings are often designed entirely with glass and are heated by the sun, but can still get comfortably warm on a winter day. Theyre ideal for growing plants that require a full day of direct light and provide an idyllic spot to soak up the sun while doing yoga, curling up with a book or just hanging out with the family.

Sunroom
Sunrooms are also usually built with glass walls and ceilings, but unlike a solarium, theyre integrated with your homes heating and cooling system. A major advantage is that this is more of a four-season room that you can enjoy day or night. However, a sunroom requires high-performance glass to retain heat and air conditioning, otherwise, youll likely rack up a hefty energy bill.

Atrium
An atrium is a space within your home thats either open-air or covered with a glass ceiling. While relatively rare in private residences, they add a striking element to any interior and allow natural light to flood into the center of the home. Originally, they were designed to increase ventilation in houses and are becoming popular once again thanks to sustainable movements, like biophilic design.

Retractable Glass Walls
Of course, nothing beats a retractable glass wall to let the light pour in. On warm, sunny days, you can easily open it up to let the outdoors inside and bask in nature from the comfort of your living room. Compared to the other options, this is the most practical to add to your home for more natural light without undertaking a major renovation project.

 

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How to Design a Home That Embraces Nature

Being constantly surrounded by all sorts of technology can be stressful and make it difficult to unwind at the end of the day. Homes that feel connected to the outside world, however, are often more relaxing and tranquil. If this sounds familiar, here are several ways to create a living environment that embraces nature.

Outdoor Living Area
The best way to enjoy the natural world is to simply immerse yourself in it. For this reason, some homes are designed with several outdoor spaces that can be used at different times over the course of the day, such as a place to drink your coffee in the morning light and a separate seating area where you can watch the sun go down in the evening. You can also have a covered space, like a porch or loggia, that can be used when its raining.

Focus on Landscaping
Dont underestimate the power of thoughtful landscaping. Whether youre sitting inside or out, this can bring nature to the forefront throughout your home. Mature trees and lush gardens can be strategically placed to provide scenic vistas from each room and will change with the seasons.

Capture Views
Its important to make sure that the interior of your home is designed to take advantage of the surrounding views. Oversized windows and glass doors are essential for bringing the outdoors in, but you should also focus on how your furniture is arranged. Try to create seating areas that benefit from the best viewpoints in your home and remove any obstructions, like large pieces of decor, that may be a visual distraction.

Bring Nature Inside
Indoor trees and houseplants can easily be incorporated into your design aesthetic and provide a natural element thats both stylish and relaxing. Additionally, textures like stone, wood and natural fibers are commonly used to make a home feel more connected to its surroundings, especially when locally sourced.

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