Inside the Innovation House

We pulled out all the stops to bring the latest home tech features to our Innovation Home. See the 16 coolest things from the home and be amazed by how smart one home can be.

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Bathroom Countertop Ideas

Good-looking countertops -- whether made of marble, limestone, or concrete -- create high-functioning bathrooms that spill over with style. These popular countertop materials are sure to inspire a bathroom remodel.

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Find Your Dream Backyard

Whether you dream of sunning by a state-of-the-art pool or strolling through a simple cottage garden, there's an outdoor oasis with your name written all over it. Take this quiz to find out where you really belong.

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DIY Patio Ideas

Want to boost the beauty and usefulness of your outdoor spaces? Put one of these inspiring DIY patio ideas to work in your landscape.

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Easy Fireplace Upgrades

Does your fireplace need a facelift? Check out these 20 ideas for updating your fireplace with easy-to-apply embellishments and simple-to-make constructions.

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8 Cutting-Edge Exterior Features

The wow-factor of the Innovation Home starts with great curb appeal. See the eight things that make the home's exterior stand out.

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Budget Curb Appeal

Be the best home on the block for less. These budget curb appeal updates will show you how.

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Keep your home safe and secure to protect your family and your property. Discover the latest in home security systems and easy steps you can take to secure your home. Whether it's choosing the right locks, installing motion-censored lights, or installing a full home security system, taking preventative measures to protect your family and home will give you peace of mind and comfort. See how even the simplest of updates and recommendation can provide protection without costing a lot of money. Learn how a residential security system works and find out what features might be right for you, your home, and you family. Get advice for securing specialty windows and doors that might not have the same safety features that regular windows and doors have. Find out how to install your own security components that will help you start protecting your home and family. Get step-by-step instructions for adding deadbolts to your doors. If you're looking for a full security system, read our guide to working with professional security installation companies. With the right security measures in place, you can be confident your home will be safe, whether you are there or away on vacation or at work.

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