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How One Family Did a Smart-Home Upgrade

The Johnsons upgraded their home with app-controlled gadgets to make life easier, safer, and cost-effective

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How to Get Your (Smart) Home Connected

14 smart electronic gadgets that help streamline your home and reduce energy costs

Roger Cook shows a homeowner how to properly mulch garden beds

How to Mulch a Garden Bed

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows a homeowner how to properly mulch garden beds

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Color of the Month, October 2015: Oak Buff

Slip into the fall state of mind with this cozy color

Transform a Dated Nightstand With Paint

How to achieve a striking emerald green finish from The Snug

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How to Restore a Deck

Follow the prep instructions carefully and paint on a specialty coating to preserve weathered boards for years to come

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Read This Before You Invest in Solar Panels

What to know about these energy-saving systems

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    4 Smart-Home Door Locks
    If you've never known life without keys, well, it's a wonderful thing. Indeed, these four smart-home door locks are all about convenience

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