August 9, 2017
LivingWise Guru
Do’s and Don’ts to Safeguarding Your Home While on Vacation

“We live on the most boring street in the whole United States of America, where nothing even remotely dangerous will ever happen.” - Buzz McCallister, Home Alone   Over the course of this summer, half of the American population are setting their emails to “out-of-office,” packing their bags, and embarking on well-thought-out vacations. While you’re jotting down a list to remember everything from sunscreen to passports, American Modern® has prepared a floor-to-ceiling list that will prep your home for security while you are sipping out of coconuts or slipping into water...
July 31, 2017
LivingWise Guru
Sit Back and Unwind This Summer with American Modern’s Pool Safety Guide

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s likely you and your family are spending a lot of time cooling off by the pool. American Modern® knows it’s important to create poolside memories with your family and friends, and that’s why we’ve created this essential summer guide to keeping your backyard pool oasis secure and safe.   With drowning being the leading cause of accidental death in young children between the ages of 1-4, there are easy steps you can take to keep your children and others safe while enjoying summer’s favorite pastime. The following tips will make all the...
Protecting your home and family with smart technology
June 28, 2017
LivingWise Guru
Tiny Homes Thrive with Innovative Smarts

When American Modern finished our very own LivingWise smart home, we set out to discover if and how smart technologies could fit into an even smaller footprint, say between 100-400 square feet. The tiny home movement is now more mainstream than Elvis, who coincidentally was born in a tiny two-room shotgun house no more than 15 feet wide. In America, tiny homes have a rich, but uncelebrated history (unless the home happens to be the birthplace of Elvis Aaron Presley). But we know Elvis left his humble shotgun childhood home and grew into a superstar, moving into the super-sized lavish Gr...
April 20, 2017
LivingWise Guru
The Secret to Safeguarding Your Gadgets? Be Your Own Hero.

We are increasingly living in the age of gadgets-as-gifts, where sentiment and technology go together like marshmallows and hot chocolate. Let’s face it: most of us are either too giddy or paralyzed in food comas during the holidays to stop and think about safeguarding all of our new tech gifts. But it’s finally time to ask, “Have you taken the best measures to protect your shiny new gizmos?” American Modern, ever the technology enthusiasts, brings you simple, yet hardcore advice so that you can be your own hero when it comes to keeping your gadgets secure. Insuring your gadgets ...
Protecting your family with smart technology
March 9, 2017
LivingWise Guru
How I Keep My Teenagers Safe by Minimally Annoying Them within our Smart Home

  Having two teenage daughters is simultaneously a father’s proudest achievement and worst nightmare. A double-edged sword that is a blessing and a curse all packed into one shining symbol of authority and protection. On one end, a hope to shape young women to be kind, smart, and independent; on the other end, a silent wish to put them under house arrest so they can never be harmed or much worse, speak to boys. You could say I’m a proud Dad who is still learning the art of trusting my teenagers with the help of smart technology in our home. Devices and apps make it a little easi...
Finished LivingWise House
March 24, 2016
Shannon Lewandowski
The Big Reveal: Our Finished LivingWise Home

It's been many months, my studies. We've learned much together: how to engage with our surroundings in smart, sustainable ways, how to build structures that reduce our environmental footprints, and how  to look at the world around us with fresh eyes. Today, we're happy to show you the LivingWise home you've all helped to create. American Modern and its partners, Hartford Steam Boiler and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), recently hosted a "big reveal" event at the LivingWise site. Watch the video here. You should be proud of what we've accomplished together,...
December 11, 2015
LivingWise Guru
Your Chance To Win $100! Help LivingWise Build A Wiser Wonderland This Holiday.

Happy holidays, my studies! I love this time of year: the cheeriness, the increased awareness of how our actions affect others, the clean scent of pine and fresh-fallen snow. But every year, I find myself wondering more and more how we can reduce our holiday footprint. Did you know that, according to the EPA, the average American household produces 25% more waste from November through January? Or that every year 4 million tons of timber are processed into gift wrapping, then tossed into landfills? This year, we're building a Wiser Wonderland. We need your help — and to encourage ...
September 1, 2015
Shannon Lewandowski
LivingWise Progress Report: Finishwork and Trim

American Modern’s LivingWise Gurus are wrapping up work on the flooring, hanging cabinets, and focusing on details like filling nail holes and painting the doors and trim. ...
flooring options
August 12, 2015
Shannon Lewandowski
Get Ready to Be Floored

It’s been a little more than four months since construction on the LivingWise house started. Now it’s time to install the flooring. Bamboo, cork, vinyl tile – we made some really smart and sustainable choices. Have a look!...
July 29, 2015
Shannon Lewandowski
Progress Report: Drywall

The drywall has been completed, and now the team is ready to prime and paint. The whole house now has the first coat of primer. American Modern employees are becoming LivingWise Guru's, and in the process, seeing first-hand how to put together a house properly. ...