New home technology is being developed every day. Some of these new technologies included below are great space and time savers. Technology can turn your home into a more exciting place to be, can save you time and can make life a little bit easier.
Robot vacuums use cameras to map out your home, from the couch to the front door, so it knows what it's already cleaned and what it still needs to clean. The vacuum has different modes for different situations such as a zigzag for large areas with few obstacles to smart turbo, which automatically adjusts to floor and carpet surfaces. This is the perfect technology to have in your home because who doesn't want a vacuum that cleans your home when you are gone? The robot vacuum is much more efficient and saves enRead More
Transform Any Space with a Fireplace!
by Justin Anderson, Hebron Brick Supply
The fireplace has always been a staple at the heart of a home, dating back to the earliest of times. Whether it was a pit in the center of a cave, or a grand wood burning fireplace used to heat a castle, it was what the home was literally built around. Thankfully, modern technology has offered us much better ways to both cook our food and heat our homes more efficiently, but the importance of a fireplace really hasn’t diminished that much. A fireplace in today’s home can offer the same warmth that it traditionally has, as well as give a homeowner the opportunity to experiment with design through the ever changing product offerings.
Most fireplaces in today’s homes are gas burning appliances thRead More
During the winter months, many families gather around their home’s fireplace. A fire in the fireplace creates a warm and cozy atmosphere, but don’t expect it to actually add heat to your home. As little as 10 percent of the heat from a fire in an open masonry fireplace radiates into the house.
Wood Burning Fireplaces
Your fireplace will add elegance and warmth if you use it safely and have it cleaned by a chimney cleaning professional at least once every five years (two years if you use it frequently). A wood-burning fireplace should be equipped with andirons (or a grate) and a well-fitting screen. It may have glass doors as well.
If you are in a newer home with a fresh air vent to supply the fireplace with combustion air, open it and the damper before you start a fire. Then rRead More
Human beings have used fireplaces for heat and security since before the beginning of recorded history. This is not surprising, since it has been said that the discovery of fire is second only in importance to the discovery of language – and fireplaces are a simple, effective and convenient way to control and contain a fire within the comfort of your home, whether it is a cave or a mansion.
That’s why The Fire Emporium is your home for gas and wood fireplaces, inserts, and stoves as well as outdoor kitchens, gas grills, Primo charcoal grills, and gas fire pits. The Fire Emporium is the result of eight plus years in the fireplace industry and over 20 years experience in the building trades. The Fireplace Emporium’s goal was to create a store in Sioux Falls that is moreRead More
Appearances count, especially when you’re trying to sell a home. It’s important to grab every advantage when you’re trying to sell your home. Staging - decorating a house to appeal to the broadest possible range of buyers - can make the difference between a quick sale or a long, painful linger on the market.
Fortunately, many of the most effective staging trips are also inexpensive, from a thorough cleaning to decorator details. Here are five staging tricks that don’t cost a bundle:
1. Cleanliness counts - Nothing turns off buyers faster than a dirty house. Before you list your house, give it a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning. Don’t overlook little details like baseboards, ceiling fans, blinds and shower doors. Include decluttering in your cleanup efforts, aRead More
The phrase “You have to start somewhere” can apply to many things, but when you’re talking about good room design, it can only mean one thing – the focal point.
A focal point is the main point of interest in a room – the place where your eye is drawn first. The flow of a room starts at the focal point and travels around, taking in the scale, balance, textures, patterns, and proportions of all the other objects in the room. The flow is affected not only by what you put in the room but by where you place it.
Some rooms have architectural focal points such as fireplaces; others have natural focal points such as a wonderful view. If you have a room without an existing focal point, it is easy to create one.
One simple way to create a focRead More
Friends since the fourth grade, Bruce Stombaugh and Mike Hindbjorgen, have worked together in the fireplace business for over 15 years. These talented tradesmen combine their experience with a shared passion for quality fireplace products and second-to-none personal service.
As a result of installing thousands of fireplaces over the years, Bruce's ability in the area of design is outstanding. He brings an artistic flare to each element of your new fireplace, marrying the mechanical aspects with the multitude of finishes, media and lighting options. You can count on Mike and his team to professionally install your system so it accurately depicts the original concept, while being easy to operate and maintain. Both men make themselves readily avRead More
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Have you noticed the days are getting longer? That means spring is just around the corner and it’s time to start making plans for your next do-it-yourself outdoor home-improvement project. Hardscapes Outlet has everything you need to add elegance, curb appeal, functionality and value to your home. Just take your ideas to any of their eight locations where friendly experts will supply you with the materials and advice you need to complete any project on any budget.
Maybe you're ready to install your own raised-paver patio; build your own retaining wall; create and install your own water feature. Or maybe it’s time to build a family-friendly fire pit or simply add some lights and acceRead More
By early spring, Midwesterners are eager to escape the grip of winter with a range of outdoor living opportunities, and Hardscapes Outlet wants to make sure that your outdoor space lets you soak up the best parts of the warmer seasons.
Hardscapes Outlet specializes in helping homeowners transform outdoor living spaces into relaxing family retreats, because they believe that every moment spent on the patio or deck should be enjoyed to the fullest.
“We are committed to helping both the homeowner and the professional landscaper,” says Kerri Burrows of Hardscapes Outlet in Sioux Falls. “We manufacture our own products and supply our own resources, which allows us to offer dependable materials year after year.”
Hardscapes Outlet carries a range of products thatRead More
A fusion of the world’s finest granites, combined with advanced manufacturing skills, produces a strong, permanently-sealed surface that’s backed by a lifetime warranty.
From kitchens to bathrooms, fireplaces to bars, granite gives you a sleek, sophisticated look. The experts at Granite Transformations will do it for you in a way that makes sense and accommodates all of your needs. Their experts will handle your installation quickly, honestly, and with the utmost professionalism.
Your new countertops are fabricated in their shop so that none of the time-consuming mess occurs in your home. On installation day, they bring them finished and ready to install. Your beautiful new – heat, stain and scratch resistant – countertops are set in place and permanently bonded tRead More
Founded in 1932 by Ray G. Syverson, Sr. and his wife Ruth, Syverson Tile & Stone has experienced tremendous growth and success as a family owned and operated company. Today, the third generation of Syverson's employ 80 qualified professionals, including 20 skilled craftsmen, that partner with local contractors to ensure they are working with the highest quality products available.
The business includes an remarkable slab yard displaying hundreds of color variations and textures. Inside you'll find an impressive design-oriented showroom featuring colorful displays of slate, marble, porcelain, glass, granite, travertine and limestone along with a knowledgeable staff that can explain the most suitable application for each product.
The showroom at Syverson'sRead More
By Penny Klinedinst
As we get caught up in the whirlwind of the holidays, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important.
Just as I advocate for simplicity in your home interiors, I believe in keeping holidays simple. Focus on the basics. Reflect on what you’re thankful for.
When you make decisions based on what you’re thankful for, your priorities will fall into place and your holiday experience will be more simple – and much more joyful.
Warming Up at the Hearth
Whether indoors or out, fireplaces create warmth – both literally and figuratively speaking. It’s where humans have gathered for hundreds of thousands of years.
Fire is elemental – and the beauty of stone and iron hearths add to its appeal. Keep your fireplace simple with a fewRead More