Five smart home improvement ideas you can DIY
With a couple of bank holiday weekends coming up, now’s the ideal time for a bit of DIY. Whether you’ve just moved to a new house or are wondering how you can update your current pad, here are five ideas to improve your home using smart technology. From the quick and relatively cheap to the slightly more technical, each of these options is easy to install and ideal for some home improvement inspiration.
Switch on new lighting to switch things up
One great way to breathe new life into your interior design is to update your lighting scheme.
Different lighting has the potential to completely transform your space. Without good lighting, the impact of other interesting features, like wall art, flooring and furnishings, can be lost completely.
Smart lights allow you to focus your lighting on the places you want to draw attention to. You can even use colour-changing bulbs to add a pop of colour to a room, and change it depending on the time of day or what you’re doing. Working from home? Try a bright white to keep you focused. Reading in the evening? Switch to a relaxing blue hue to help you wind down.
DIY Difficulty Level: Easy
Plug in for peace of mind
If it’s home improvements you’re after, this tiny tip will make a huge difference to your life: invest in some smart plugs! These simple little devices enable you to control appliances from your smartphone, tablet, laptop or Apple Watch, so you can turn things on or off from wherever you are.
That dreadful feeling of “Did I leave it on?” is now a thing of the past. When you leave the house after using the iron/hair straighteners/coffee machine and want to double check you’ve not left it on, simply open the app and tap to turn off if you need to.
Smart plugs are also great for added security; if you’re going away, set your smart plug to turn your lamps on automatically and make it look like someone’s home.
DIY Difficulty Level: Easy
Set your home improvement plans in motion
While motion sensors can also be used for security, their real benefits are brought to life when they are set up to make your other smart tech even smarter. Did you know you can link an indoor motion sensor to your lights and heating? Then they’ll turn on automatically, as soon as you walk into a room.
For instance, pop a motion sensor in the hallway, connect it up to your lights and you’ll always have a bright, warm welcome waiting for you. No more fumbling around in the dark for the light switch!
DIY Difficulty Level: Moderately easy
Keep an eye on things at home, wherever you roam
While we’ve all gotten used to being home a lot more, we’re soon going to have to get used to being out again.
For added security when you’re away from home, install smart indoor cameras. The moment Hive View detects people, motion or sound, it starts recording – sending a notification to your smartphone, tablet and Apple Watch. Wherever you are, you can see what’s happening in real-time, while all footage is stored securely in the cloud.
Similarly, Hive View Outdoor is designed to watch over the outside of your home. Choose specific areas you want to cover – like monitoring your driveway, but not the road beyond – and the moment it detects someone on your property, it sends you a notification with an image of that person.
If you’re expecting a delivery, use the two-way audio to let the driver know where to leave your package. Smart and simple to self-install, it’s another little home improvement that could make your day-to-day a lot easier.
DIY Difficulty Level: Moderately easy. Hive View Outdoor requires a drill and step ladder.