They look like French doors when closed, but these Pella doors leading to the screen porch are actually space-saving sliders with automated shades between the glass panes. Sensors on windows and doors let you know (via your phone and a lighted panel) if they’re open or even unlocked.

The Better Homes and Gardens Innovation Home

decided to build, furnish and tech out the ideal house: the Better Homes and Gardens 2015 Innovation Home. It's full of useful and accessible products and ideas, including the Carolina outdoor // Photo by: Better Homes and Gardens

You could say the Better Homes and Gardens Innovation Home in Mequon is a house with timeless appeal, the goal being to showcase how a home can be smart, safe, efficient and attractive.

The living room and kitchen have an open floor plan in the new Better Homes & Garden Innovation Home.

Modern home has emphasis on technology and efficiency

The living room and kitchen have an open floor plan in the new Better Homes & Garden Innovation Home.

A windfall for FEC - News Graphic

A windfall for FEC - News Graphic

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MEQUON -- A new house in Mequon is about to hit the market -- but this one is unlike any other in the area. It's the Better Homes and Gardens "Innovation Home," built with the best new technology to make a home safer, smarter and more efficient.

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