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A beefed up storm door is a security storm door made of heavy-duty 16- gauge steel as a deterrent to intruders. Its usual features are a decorative grill with a top and bottom design that mirror each other so the door can be installed and hinged for a left- or right-hand swing. The addition of a deadbolt lock offers an added sense of security; and the movable screen and...

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When it comes to packing in lots of function, very few spaces beat a mudroom. But many homeowners don’t have a dedicated space for a mudroom. Or they may think they don’t have enough square footage to create a useful go-to spot for their families. But a few clever design ideas and some maxed-out storage can help you carve out a super-functional small mudroom. Here’s what to consider.

If you don’t have a lot of floor space for shoe organization, get an over the door rack that you can place inside your closet like TikTok user @latinaexplorer did in her NYC apartment.

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A smart garage door opener might not sound like a big deal, but there’s nothing quite like the feeling of your garage door automatically opening up to greet you when you get home. Sure, the added security is nice: You can set your garage to automatically close if you accidentally leave it open, or even open it from your smartphone if you need to let someone in while you’re away.

This column has been laying in the weeds of my head for months. Every now and then it pops its head up. Yesterday was one of those days, when once again my lovely wife had to get out of the car before I could pull it into the garage. Luckily it wasn’t pouring down rain.

How much time do you spend foraging for your keys? Ever had to rely on the extra set you hid away? You may be a good candidate for a key-free door access lock pad that offers the security of a keyed lock with the convenience of using a digital code to open the door.

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Kallax cabinets might be a staple in every dorm room, but don’t exactly have a timeless look. This Ikea DIY from @thornecreek adds custom doors, trendy mint paint, and new hardware to completely transform a Kallax into a chic storage unit.

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