Home innovation should solve real-life problems and make life better, focusing on the people, not simply the systems, inside. To demonstrate, we decided to build, furnish, and tech out our ideal house: the BHG Innovation Home. Check out these useful and accessible products and ideas.View Slideshow
Together, these young homeowners remodeled or updated every room in their first home, trying new things and learning a lot along the way.
The homeowners' home redesign became a do-it-yourself course that launched them into their dream of doing what they love.
The DIY artwork on the mantel describes the couple's philosophy. To create a similar piece of your own, decoupage tissue paper and fabric onto foam-core board, then cut out and affix letters cut from magazine pages.
In the kitchen, mismatched cabinet knobs and pulls (purchased secondhand for less than $10) add a fresh element to store-bought cabinets. Poured-in-place concrete countertops and an island made from a refurbished farmhouse table add to the DIY appeal. When the homeowner didn't love the fresh paint on the table legs, she added a coat of stain to dull the color and dial up the charm.
To create an interesting media center, the homeowners painted geometric patterns onto two pieces of foam-core board and mounted them on the wall behind the TV. They created the media console using drawers gathered from flea markets. Once they had an arrangement they liked, they built a plywood box to house them and had a metal base fabricated at a local shop. The mirror on the console flips up to reveal the DVD player.
Douglas fir boards and steel cable combine for a modern appeal in this shelving unit designed and built by the homeowners.
The couple revamped their sleigh bed by adding lush upholstery.
The homeowners added a sparkly gold border on the wall around the mirror. They used painter's tape to mask off a frame, then painted the first coat of the frame the same color as the wall to prevent the gold layers from bleeding under the tape. When the first coat was dry, they applied gold paint, then removed the tape. The dog silhouette artwork (homage to the homeowners' pooches) and the oversize flowers painted on the dresser are also DIY stencil projects.
The homeowners reworked an old kitchen cabinet then placed it between two lockers to fashion a quiet place to work in a spare room.
In the guest room, the couple paneled one wall with old fence pickets gifted from a friend. They painted some pickets white to add contrast. The headboard is made from corrugated tin roofing. The homeowners cut out the shape with a jigsaw and then used a grinder to smooth rough edges before screwing it to the wall.