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Sunrun and celebrity teammates double down on connected home

BY HBSDEALER Staff

In an effort to boost awareness of connected home and its widereaching influence, San Francisco-based solar company Sunrun is partnering up with home design expert Genvieve Gorder, as well as Drew and Jonathan Scott of Property Brothers fame.

Their thesis? That the rise of smart home technology is making its mark not just on energy consumption and functionality, but also home design and property value. The informed homeowner can use this to his advantage, whether that means building more equity or simply optimizing his home.

"Today, we find ourselves making dinner from a recipe on our tablets and measuring our heart rate and footsteps with a bracelet," said Gorder. "Cultural and societal shifts have shaped style trends for decades, and this is no exception. We will see connected technology continue to play a significant role in how we style and design the spaces around us. I’m so excited to be joining Sunrun to inspire everyone to make simple changes to create a sleeker, ‘smarter’ home."

There are also potential prizes involved. Through July 11, homeowners can put their names in the drawing for a chance to meet Gorder or the Scott brothers for a one-on-one home design consultation.

"The value of your home is influenced by a variety of factors, both inside and outside," said Jonathan Scott. "My brother and I are joining Sunrun this summer to show homeowners how easy improvements can also save you money or increase your home’s value. As an example, one thing to consider with the connected technology movement is all that needs to plug in and charge!"

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Readers Respond Results: Startled by starts

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The majority of readers remain optimistic in the housing market, despite May’s disappointing residential construction data. The live survey is here.

 See the report on May housing starts here.

 

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Brooks Furniture recalls glider rockers

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Brooks Furniture Glider Rockers are being recalled due to a fall hazard.

The products were sold exclusively by Kaplan Early Learning Company nationwide from October 2011 to December 2012 for about $390 to $540, depending on style.

The spindles in the glider base can separate while rocking, posing a fall hazard to the user, according to the recall announcement.

The rockers were manufactured byBrooks Furniture Mfg. Inc. of Tazewell, Tenn. The firm has received 29 reports of the chair’s spindles separating or loosening on the base of the glider rockers. No injuries have been reported.

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