DIY smart home: Here’s how to get started

When my family and I quarantined together during a pandemic, it became clear our condo’s galley kitchen needed a major facelift to keep up with our housebound lifestyle. It hasn’t been renovated since being built in the 1980s, and one by one, appliances and fixtures were giving out.

After making do with bad lighting, a shoddy sink basin and a dishwasher that sounds like a bulldozer, we decided it’s time to bring our kitchen into the 21st century – and we wanted to do it ourselves. I might not have the eye for finishes like my mom or knowledge of power tools like my dad, but there is something I have to offer: experience with smart home devices.

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