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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Patio Pavers Calculator

This calculator will help you determine how many pavers you'll need to buy for a particular patio area.

Area to be paved, in square feet
Type of paver (check one)
4 1/4" x 8 1/2" rectangular paver
4 7/8" x 8 15/16" "wavy" interlocking paver
"Keystone" paver, 5 1/2 x 9"
6" x 6" square paver
Number of
pavers needed:

Please note: For your convenience, this calculation has been rounded up slightly.

Important reminder: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this calculation. But before purchasing materials for any project, please check amounts with your suppliers or contractors.

A few tips: Use concrete or natural-brick pavers to build a patio or walkway. Pavers are commonly installed over a substrate of gravel and sand. Excavate to a uniform depth, and tamp the soil firm. Spread 4 to 6 inches of gravel over the area, tamp it firm, then add 1 to 2 inches of sand and tamp it again.

For a uniformly well-packed substrate, use a rented vibrating power tamper; for small areas, a hand tamper will suffice. Install the edging of your choice: upright bricks, landscaping timbers, 4x4s, and flexible edging made of steel or plastic are common choices (see our Patio Edgers estimator). Of the many types and sizes of pavers available, this calculator presents four of the most common.

Patio Edgers Estimator


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