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Renovation technologies


Peeple smart camera peephole

Peeple is a connected peephole to screen who is knocking on your door. Whenever someone knocks on your door, Peeple snaps a picture and send it to your phone. This way, whether you are home or away, you can monitor who is passing by your home. Very cool.


August smart lock

Your dog walker. Your babysitter. Your mother in law. The number of people who need to get into your house at some point can be staggering. And the idea of giving keys to each and every one of them – well let’s just say there has to be another option. Enter Smart Lock, which lets you unlock or lock your door from any location, at any time. Bonus: never worry about losing your keys again!



Keen Home smart vent

These Smart Vents tackle the issue of having one room too hot or too cold compared to another and help reduce energy costs by regulating your home’s temperature room-by-room. The Smart Vent retrofits existing floor, wall, and ceiling air vents and wirelessly connects to your home network. The vents then communicate with each other to regulate airflow throughout the rooms of the house they're fitted in.



TopBrewer coffee machine

The kind of luxury gadget that makes you wonder how you ever lived without it, this gorgeously-designed and patented stainless steel tap builds straight into any tabletop, and delivers the perfect cup of coffee (or tea, or milk, or filtered water) every time. Did we mention it contains the smallest milk-foamer in the world?



Kohler numi toilet

Think world-class design, technology and engineering can’t apply to a toilet? Oh, what you are missing. The Numi is gorgeous, functional in ways you wouldn’t imagine a toilet could be, and masterfully water-efficient.



Nest thermostat

There is simply no reason why you have to come home to a boiling house in the summer. Or wake up to a freezing house in the winter. Use your smartphone to manage the thermostat while you’re driving home (or while you’re doing anything else), and connect the app to manage your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as well.



This post is intended for informational purposes only and is general in nature as it does not take into account your personal renovation situation. You should really consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek professional advice from a licensed architect, general contractor or financial / legal adviser.