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Top 3 Technology Budget Tips

When starting a remodeling or new home building project, perhaps the most ambiguous budget for many homeowners is the technology budget. Your builder, architect, and/or interior designer can quickly estimate what a new kitchen, electrical contract or landscaping will cost. When it comes to technology, the budget is a little tougher to ballpark because there…

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Hot Trends in Home Technology

Mills team members Bryan, Brendan and Jack attended the CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design & Installation Association) Expo earlier this month. The CEDIA Expo is THE event for home tech professionals. With over 500 exhibitors, it allows home tech pros complete access to new products and breakthrough innovations in home technology. So, we asked them to…

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Data and WiFi Network 101

What Makes a Good Data and WiFi Network? The data and WiFi networking equipment in our homes is often overlooked.  Unlike the other technology equipment we can see, touch and experience, networking equipment is practically invisible. It’s hidden in a rack, or on a shelf, or in a closet, quietly working around the clock, streaming…

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Surveillance Cameras – Newer, Smarter

This article includes content from an article authored by Matt Sailor, CEO & President of IC Realtime  When looking for a surveillance camera system, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the huge number of products available.  And, the confusing technical jargon that comes with them. Every brand claims to offer high resolution and night…

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Outdoor Technology Playing a Growing Role

Trends show that Outdoor Technology is playing a big role in new or updated outdoor spaces. A recent study by Houzz shows that over half of homeowners spend more time outdoors after completing landscaping projects.  More than 750 homeowners on Houzz shared details about their landscaping projects in an online survey. Outdoor Activities Increased Post- Project…

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6 Smart Home Upgrades to Install During Your Remodel

  This post comes to us via the Control4 blog,  from Emily Long, a freelance writer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She writes about tech trends and personal finance with the occasional dive into health and wellness. A renovation is the perfect time to customize your living space and take advantage of the latest…

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Mills was an annual guest on the Siskel & Ebert Holiday Gift Guide program.  Watch our very own Fred Thomas discussing home theater technology with the legendary Roger Ebert.  As a throwback to those days, we offer our own holiday gift guide. Our top picks: Music Music for any budget: Sonos: A Sonos music system is a great…

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Lighting Control, Making Your Home Smarter

Lighting control systems have evolved rapidly and increased in popularity over the past few years. According to data from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), more than two-thirds of all homebuilders offered automated lighting controls as an amenity in their newly constructed homes in 2015. Lighting control systems offer…

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Motorized Shades – Benefits and Common Misconceptions

Every home has windows. And, probably most homeowners would agree that window treatments are necessary for privacy and cosmetic appeal. But, should you install motorized window treatments? As a homeowner, you make a significant investment in your home and its interior furnishings. And you likely have an interest in protecting them. Motorized shades bring real…

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