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Traveling Home, Episode 8: The Bucket List Family Gets a Smart Home

Aug 29, 2019|

The Bucket List Family in front of their home

They’re home! After three years of exploring the world, the Bucket List Family traveled home to their newly remodeled house in Hawaii. Watch the emotional experience in the season finale of Traveling Home.

Before the Gees—the Bucket List Family—caught a glimpse of their new home, remodeling experts Andy and Candis Meredith were busy putting the finishing touches on the house they’ve been working on for the past eight weeks.

The living room and dining room were the final rooms to receive a makeover. These rooms incorporated elements of all the Gees’ world travels.

The Bucket List Family living room

The remodeled living room and dining room reflects the Bucket List Family's worldwide travels.

The remodeling team removed closets from the former room to create a larger, more open space. They also added a nook that overlooks the ocean. The new living room and dining room area is open, bright, and feels world traveled.

One subtle element Candis incorporated into the room was splashes of red, green, and blue—the colors in the Bucket List Family’s logo. See how it turned out:

Coming home to a smart, safe, and efficient home

If you’ve traveled for any length of time—let alone three years—you know there’s nothing quite like the feeling of safety and security that comes from being in your own home.

For the Gees, having a place to call their own and settle down was an emotional experience.

Each room in the Gee's home, as well as the exterior, was transformed to reflect their experiences in the countries they visited. The result is a home that, well, feels like home for the Gees.

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The Bucket List Family interior reveal
The Bucket List family gets their first glimpse of the interior of their new home.

Not only is the Gee’s home as unique and adventurous as they are, but their Hawaiian bungalow is also a smart, safe, and efficient home thanks to their Vivint system.

In episode one, one of our Smart Home Pros installed the Gee’s smart home system while construction crews were busy working on other areas of the house. In fact, installing a comprehensive smart home was probably the fastest and easiest upgrade to the home and perfectly complemented Andy and Candis’ designs.

The Gee's learn how to use the Vivint Smart Hub
Candis shows Garrett and Jessica Gee how to use the Vivint Smart Hub to control their smart home.

Explore the Bucket List Family’s smart home

The Gee's smart home helps them do more of what they love while enjoying peace of mind that their home is secure whether they’re at home or on their next adventure. Here’s how:

  • Confidence their home is secure. At the core of their smart home is an advanced security system monitored 24/7 by professional home security monitoring specialists who are ready to respond in an emergency.

  • Remotely control their home. Using the Vivint app, the Gees can remotely control their home from anywhere. They can:

    • See and speak with visitors at their front door via their Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro.
    • Arm and disarm their security system.
    • Unlock their smart door lock to let guests in while they’re away.
    • View live and recorded video from their doorbell camera, indoor camera, and outdoor cameras.
  • Stay comfortable and save energy. Their Nest Thermostat integrates with their smart home system to learn their temperature preferences and adjust the temperature based on their activity and location. So if they leave in a hurry to catch a flight, they don’t have to worry about adjusting the thermostat. Their system will do it for them to save them money while they’re away. And if they can’t remember if they turned off the lights in the kids’ room, they can always check and turn off the lights from the app.

    Vivint Nest Thermostat with the Bucket List Family
    The Nest Thermostat integrates with a smart home system to provide comfort and energy savings.


Speak up to control their home. When they’re at home at night, Garrett and Jessica don’t have to get up to control their home. All they have to do is speak up and their Google Home will listen and take action.

  • “Hey Google, turn off my lights.”
  • “Hey Google, turn down the temperature 3 degrees.”
  • “Hey Google, lock my doors.”

Whether they’re enjoying their new home or are out on the road again, the Bucket List Family’s smart home helps them live more and manage less.

Make your home a smart home

You don’t have to travel the world or undertake a major home remodel (though that would be nice) to enjoy a smart home.

Whether you’re in the middle of a home renovation, looking to improve your home’s security, or wanting to add greater convenience to your home, a smart home is a smart choice.

Give us a call today at 844.481.8630 for a free personalized smart home design consultation. Friends of the Bucket List Family also qualify for a special offer. Learn More.

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