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Google has just acquired Nest Energy Services for $3.2 billion in cash. In case you did not hear, Nest’s first product was a smart thermostat that adjusts to a person’s living patterns. Nest basically offers a set of features that link up its smart thermostats with utility companies themselves. The company’s Founder and CEO Tony Fadell invented the iPad at Apple.

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People today know that they want efficiency and simplicity when it comes to home automation. The smart home of the future is with automated systems is here to stay. Smart home technology is convenient, and this state-of-the-art market is growing from Wi-Fi thermometers to automated kitchen appliances and air conditioners.

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Here is an ultra-modern 5,297 sq. ft. house plan with 2 bedroom suites downstairs, and 2 upstairs. The large living space connects with dining, kitchen and upstairs loft.

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A new home designed with the latest smart technology now allows you to now monitor everything from moisture levels to security from the palm of your hand. Everything from motion, heat and moisture sensors can alert you of there is a change in temperature at home. While home video security can be connected via apps on your phone.

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Can you imagine the initial reaction when the first telephones and electric appliances were introduced in the early 1900s? Perhaps overwhelming curiosity and a little trepidation with the new household “toys”? Today, these “toys” are more advanced as technology gives everyone opportunities to adapt to 21st century changes and innovations.

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In prior decades, glass used to have low energy efficiency and the potential to cause interior damage from sunlight, whereas now it’s considered one of the staples of modern green building with a financial upside. When building your dream home, it is worth remembering that the environment, efficiencies and economics all play a role, but as glass continues to improve energy-wise more home builders will be able to embrace it.

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We are excited to announce that our new responsive website, ThePlanCollection.com, has just been launched! We have completely redesigned our site to make your house plan search and purchase more enjoyable than ever before – on any device: mobile phone, tablet, or desktop.

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You’ve probably heard of high-end virtual reality experiences like the $1,000+ Oculus Rift. However, breakthroughs in really good VR have made it affordable to most consumers – and The Plan Collection has introduced the first VR videos of ready-made house plans. Now, users can virtually walk through their future home.

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