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This outdoor fireplace in the city was inspired by those the homeowner had seen at local restaurants like La Taza and Fry's Spring Station. Photo: Matthew Cox

Fire pits add style and comfort as temps ease lower

Average high temperatures in Charlottesville don’t dip below 50 until well into December. So what do you need to enjoy the outdoors right up to the holidays? Nothing more than a small, well-built fire pit. “It’ll certainly keep you warm, especially if you’re standing around it,” says Matthew Cox, owner of Crozet’s Appalachian Landscapes, which […]

Lutron Homeworks QS is a hardwired solution that integrates interior and exterior light control with automated window treatments. The system is also capable of talking to HVAC and audio systems, like Sonos.

Home, made easier: Residential gadgets and appliances are linking up like never before

If homes aren’t getting more high tech around Charlottesville, they’re at least getting more connected, according to Ben Feiner of local home integration specialist ProLink. Where at one time appliance and gadget manufacturers focused on making their own products more interactive, they’ve since focused on playing well with others. “Once the iPhones-slash-iPads came out, most […]

Give the heater a break—upgrade your insulation

Give the heater a break—upgrade your insulation

They say the human body loses most of its heat through the head. So when it’s cold out, you put a hat on. Before winter approaches (or even autumn!), invest in a hat for your house. According to Austin Craig, sales consultant for Davenport Insulation, attic insulation is critical to maintaining a constant temperature in […]