What the Next Age of Innovative Homes + Home Heating Will Look Like

What makes a house a "smart home?" The term is everywhere right now, but a truly modern and tech-equipped space should be flexible, personalized, energy-efficient and more before claiming the title as a smart home.

"Home innovation should solve real-life problems and make life better, focusing on the people, not simply the systems, inside," said Better Homes and Gardens editor Kit Selzer. To demonstrate, Better Homes and Gardens decided to build, furnish and tech out the ideal house: the Better Homes and Gardens 2015 Innovation Home.

The BHG 2015 Innovation Home shows you how to get a home with connected technology and devices that are designed to improve and simplify your life. As a contributor to the BHG 2015 Innovation Home, Heat & Glo gas fireplaces effortlessly fit into the modern house. Classic elements like the fireplace got a fresh spin with bold rooms, remote control operation and innovative technology.

The TRUE gas fireplace makes for a great-room perfect for gathering friends and family around for a movie night. The master bedroom is the ideal getaway complete with television, MEZZO gas fireplace and walnut mantel. And the indoors and outdoors make a seamless connection with a French-style entry leading to a screen porch and the Carolina gas fireplace.

Get inspired. The BHG 2015 Innovation Home is revealed, along with the revolutionary and design-savvy products that went into it. The full content can be seen in the upcoming October issue of Better Homes and Gardens and on bhg.com/smarthome.

Look into our crystal ball for another glance into the coming years. This is What the Future of Home Design Looks Like.