Harin Perera

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Arduino Based Smart Home IOT System

Hello, I am Michalis Vasilakis from Ardumotive.com and in this Instructables guide I will show you how you can easily make your own smart home system …

15 indoor air-purifying plants for your apartment or home

<b>Our ongoing series Apartment Living 101 is aimed at helping New Yorkers navigate the challenges of creating a happy home in the big city. Previously,</b> …

Plants

Small Kitchen Island Ideas for Every Space and Budget

A kitchen island is a useful and multifunctional component. No matter how small your space is, get inspiration from our small kitchen island ideas …

Kitchens

Self-Chilling Roof Material Could Cool Your House For Free

Also keeps your cooling bills from going through the roof<p>It's June, and that means that summer is coming ... and it's bringing the heat. Cities especially start to bake in the summer months, as sunlight heats up asphalt and rooftops, turning metropolitan areas into heat islands noticeably warmer …

Anyone Can Grow Herbs With This Super-Helpful Chart

This will be the year you finally get it right.<p>If you've longed to top homemade pizza with fresh basil, or snip chives over your morning omelet on a whim, battling with a black thumb can be discouraging. But the best way to grow herbs isn't a mystery — it's a science, and you can totally improve on …

Expert Advice: Sebastian Conran’s 11 Tips for Designing a Small Kitchen

The other day I found myself in a Twitter conversation with UK industrial designer Sebastian Conran (yes, of <i>that</i> Conran family; he’s the son of Sir …

The 4 Essentials of Outdoor Entertaining

During the warm weather months, there is nothing better than inviting a lively group of friends into your backyard for some alfresco dining and fun …

Landscaping

Luxury Home Design: 3 Inspirational Projects

• 1 |<br>• Architect: NP Architects<p>The first home comes from NP architects. In addition to the overall spaciousness of the home, the dominating white color …

Disappearing Act: 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens

It makes so much sense: kitchens hidden behind accordion doors, sliding doors, cabinet doors—anything it takes to keep the clutter out of sight when …

Articles about 16 modern bathrooms on Dwell.com - Dwell

Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's April 2015 issue.<p>We’re handing the mic over to our friends at MyDomaine to gather some of the season’s must-haves for entertaining friends and...<p>Take a splash in this inspiring collection of modern pools. We picked pool designs that feel …

General Motors

The Architect Is In: A Brooklyn Brownstone Transformed, with Respect

When a young family happened upon a neoclassical 1910 Brooklyn brownstone in unusually good shape four years ago, they knew they had found something …

Vertical farms, smart ceilings and national pride at the world fair

Expo Milano is a makeshift city studded with spectacular pavilions. In an attempt to outshine each other at the world fair, which opens today, 143 countries brought in their A-list teams of architects, innovators and culinary experts to design their temporary buildings. The UK built a beehive …

Urban Agriculture

The Dirty Spots that Can Damage Your Home (and How to Clean Them)

Some of us are total slobs, while others are complete neat freaks. But even the homes that look the cleanest on the surface probably have some dirt …

Home Improvement

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2014

We love good DIY projects at Lifehacker, but they can be easy to miss if you're not planning a project at the moment. From computers to the …

How to Build a Passive Solar Water Heater - Green Homes

<i>Follow these guidelines to build an easy and affordable solar hot water heater. Explore the various types of solar water heaters. Learn how a passive</i> …

How It Works: The Highest-Efficiency Solar Cell

I'm going to soak up the sun.<p>Solar cells typically convert no more than 20 percent of incoming energy into electricity, in part because they capture only certain wavelengths of light. Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems have developed a solar cell that converts …

Can you really renovate a kitchen for $600? Tonight we show you how! ‘Like’ if your kitchen is in need of a renovation…

20 DIY Mistakes We've Made (So You Don't Have To)

The editors here at Popular Mechanics would like you to know that we're not perfect. Whether tackling home improvements or making automotive repairs, we've all made our fair share of mistakes. Here are some of the worst. If you've got some that you'd like to share, send them to …

14 Painting Secrets the Pros Won't Tell You

Each painter has slightly different methods and preferences, but the pros all know the trade secrets.<p>Each painter has slightly different methods and preferences, but the pros all know the trade secrets.

Know Your Stuff: The 110 Best DIY Tips Ever

For Popular Mechanics' 110th anniversary, we decided to do something special: We dived into our archives to find the 110 best, handiest, and most helpful tips ever printed in PM. It's more than a century of DIY wisdom. (You can read the introduction to the project here.)<p>For <i>Popular Mechanics</i>' 110th …

25 Skills Every Man Should Know: Your Ultimate DIY Guide

These days, you can outsource almost any job -- but some things you need to know how to do yourself. Study our master list with step-by-step tips from the experts, and test your DIY aptitude each step of the way.<p>These days, you can outsource almost any job -- but some things you need to know how to …

Woodworking

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck on Home Improvements

Maximize your home's value with a modest investment.<p><b>Written by Ed Condran</b><p>Conventional wisdom says renovating your kitchen always improves your home's …

Living Walls: How They Can Improve Your Home and Your Health

A living wall, or a green wall, is a garden that grows vertically, as opposed to horizontally, which can exist inside or outside the home. Any well …