The Nuts and Bolts: Home Improvement Goes Sci-Fi

Science Fiction Inspires Lowe’s Holoroom

You don’t have to be a SciFi junky to appreciate how cool a holoroom is. Imagine stepping away from your living room into a tropical paradise or rock concert. Fortunately, that technology isn’t as far off as we thought, and surprisingly, it's Lowe’s who is bringing it to us. While their technology may not be transporting us to the beaches of Fiji, it will help us plan our home improvement projects in a whole new way.

Lowe’s Innovation Labs has created a holoroom technology to solve common consumer frustrations while working alongside start-ups, universities, specialized professionals and other companies.

“We know that for many homeowners, the struggle to visualize a completed home improvement project or to share that vision with others can stop a project in its tracks,” said Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs. “The Holoroom is our solution, enabling consumers to visualize their project and share that vision with family and friends.”

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Today's Homebuyers Are Seeking Surprising Key Features

Today's homebuyers are seeking surprising key features, and they are willing to make sacrifices to get them, according to the latest PulteGroup Home Index Survey.

The kitchen was the most important area when choosing a new home, according to 29 percent of Americans. Following closely behind the kitchen wasn't the bathroom as most would suspect – but another priority – the bedroom. The master bedroom ranked as the second most important room in a new home at 22 percent. And the living room surprisingly was cited as the third most influential in their decision-making at 18 percent.

According to the 2014 PGHI, nearly half of adults (44 percent) are willing to give up a location near public transportation in exchange for must-have features in their next home. Further, more than one-third of respondents (35 percent) said they would give up better schools and proximity to entertainment and shopping (34 percent) for their desired in-home amenities.

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Take a Virtual Tour of This Seasons DIY Blog Cabin

DIY Network’s 2014 Blog Cabin, the first-ever interactive home-building television series that promises viewers “You Design It, We Build It, You Could Win It!” has launched the virtual tour of this year’s completely renovated Winter Haven, Florida retreat.

Fans can visit to view each room and see the results of their online votes that transformed the former 1920s-style bungalow into a 2,500-square foot modern home perfect for the lakeside lifestyle. On Monday, July 28, online visitors can enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win the fully renovated and furnished home, as well tune in to the season eight premiere of Blog Cabin.

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