October 27, 2017
10 Safety Tips To Follow During Halloween

The apples have been bobbed, the pumpkins are carved, the cobwebs are hung, and the spooky movie marathon has been viewed, leading up to one of the most anticipated nights of the year for both kids and adults: Halloween.   But some Halloween statistics can be pretty frightening. According...
August 9, 2017
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,” packi...
July 31, 2017
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 bac...
June 28, 2017
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-roo...
April 20, 2017
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...
March 9, 2017
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 independe...
November 28, 2016
LivingWise Guru |
5 smart devices to protect your home during the holidays

If you're like me, my studies, you're gearing up for the holiday shuffle, hopping from one home to the next and soaking up as much holiday cheer as possible. Since so many of us travel during the holidays and because home thefts tend to increase this time of year, now is a great time to think about ...
September 28, 2016
LivingWise Guru |
Valuable Lessons in Preventing Water Damage

After two-and-a-half hours, 416 gallons of water, and several million paper towels, we finally wrapped our flood test. So, slip on your galoshes my studies, and let's take a closer look. Check out this video to see how we flooded the house and the kind of damage it caused. I'll give you a hint; i...
September 13, 2016
LivingWise Guru |
Opening the flood gates

I crave peace and tranquility, my studies, so when I heard the news that we were planning an experiment to see how the house's building materials and sensors reacted to water, it nearly knocked me off my bare feet. They weren't referring to the serene trickling fountain in my meditation garden ei...
March 10, 2016
Shannon Lewandowski |
Tips for Making Site Clean-Up Simple

Good day, my studies. Ready for today's learning? Come in. Sit down. When we began our LivingWise journey together all those months ago, we set out to build a home for the 21st Century — one built with an eye toward environmental responsibility — using sustainable materials, smart technology ...