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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DIY Toolbox: Power Tools

If you're tackling large or frequent projects, you'll appreciate the time savings these power tools offer.


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    • Cordless Drill-Driver

      If you don't own one yet, buying one will transform your DIY experience. If you have an old model, try a new one. Drill-drivers allow you to drill holes and drive screws and other fasteners quickly and precisely, taking the tedium out of everything from building ready-to-assemble furniture to removing switchplates before painting a room. This Bosch model features light, powerful lithium-ion batteries and a fast-charging power pack that keeps the juice flowing. Look for at least 12-volt batteries, an adjustable multiple-position clutch, and at least a two-speed gearbox.

    • Circular Saw

      For large projects, a circular saw seems indispensable. Designed for fast, smooth, accurate cuts in lumber and sheet materials such as plywood, some circular saws can cut metal and other materials with the appropriate blade. Look for a powerful motor -- this model's 13 amps is plenty -- easy-to-read depth and angle scales, and well-placed handles for a good balance in use.

    • Saber Saw

      The most versatile of power saws can cut wood, plastic, metal, and sheet goods such as plywood and particleboard. It can make straight, angle, and bevel cuts, but excels at cutting curves, something a circular saw can't do. Because of this, a saber saw is a good first choice of power saw. This Skil model's 6-amp motor provides plenty of power, while an oscillating blade helps ensure smooth cuts. Another handy feature: a blower that keeps the area free from sawdust so you can see your lines.

    • Random-Orbit Sander

      There's no need to own two sanders. A random-orbit sander cuts almost as fast as a belt sander but is easier to control and produces a finer surface than old-fashioned orbital sanders. Most random-orbit sanders have dust-collection systems, although you still need to wear a dust mask.

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