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

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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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Waterfront Home Plans

Always dreamed of a relaxing ocean or lakefront escape? These 10 beautiful waterfront home plans are customized for beach or lake waterfront properties.


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    • Exquisite A-Frame

      If you're lucky enough to live within sight of a beautiful lake or coastline, you'll want to enjoy the view from as many rooms as possible. The myriad windows in this design give you uncountable opportunities to view the waterfront.

      More details: -- Soaring cathedral ceilings in open living/dining room.
      -- Enormous stone fireplace for great evenings of relaxing.
      -- Access to wraparound porch through sliding glass doors.

    • Adorable Beach Cottage

      This affordable, two-bedroom French Colonial home is perfect for any waterfront property.

      More details: -- Full-length porch and second-floor balcony to enjoy the view. -- Living room with two-story ceiling for an open feel. -- Master suite with private bath on first floor.

    • Two-Story Masterpiece

      This soaring two-story offers great waterfront views from the front porch and vaulted master suite.

      More details: -- Two-story great-room with media center for hours of entertainment. -- Sprawling loft and sleeping quarters on second floor. -- Spacious kitchen with cozy nook for family mealtime.

    • Cottage with Everything

      This charming raised cottage offers a panoramic view of the outdoors -- great for waterfront property.

      More details: -- A large living area with eat-in kitchen and porch access. -- Two ample-size bedrooms with private baths in left wing. -- Plenty of parking.

    • Contemporary Waterfront

      The grand foyer in this design has a soaring 28-foot ceiling that opens to the top of the cupola for an airy open entry that impresses.

      More details: -- The great-room, sunroom, and kitchen provide plenty of space. -- A three-level deck provides great views and hours of outdoor enjoyment. -- The secluded master suite includes a balcony and private deck. -- Work at home in a second-floor office with a balcony.

    • Grand Arch

      Enter through the grand arch to the large family room -- with a fireplace and sliding glass doors -- to the covered patio for outdoor viewing and barbequing.

      More details: -- The master suite and kitchen area have optional bay windows. -- The formal dining room has a tray ceiling. -- There's a two-car garage with a private entrance for a golf cart.

    • Waterfront Beauty

      Double doors open to a grand living and dining area with tray ceilings and wonderful views.

      More details: -- The spacious kitchen and cozy nook overlook a covered patio. -- A secluded master suite includes a whirlpool bath. -- The second floor houses a bonus room.

    • Classic Two-Story Waterfront

      The classic home offers multilevel viewing with a second-level balcony off the master bedroom and a covered back porch.

      More details: -- A cozy eating nook overlooks the porch. -- A living room with a fireplace shares an open space with the dining room. -- The master suite and additional bedrooms share the second floor.

    • Modern Waterfront Design

      Make the most of beach living with this modern design that features lots of windows, vaulted ceilings, and an open living/dining space with a fireplace.

      More details: -- Many luxury additions, such as a sauna room, offer a unique look to this floor plan. -- Enjoy cooking and conversing with an open kitchen and great-room. -- A front office features a built-in desk.

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      Adorable Waterfront Cottage

      Take in a panoramic view of the waterway with a wraparound porch.

      More details:
      -- Main floor offers a spacious living and dining room.
      -- Two large bedrooms with vaulted ceilings on second floor.

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      Small House Plans

      These homes may be small, but what they lack in size they make up for in character. Explore these 20 small house plans and home designs that consist of small cottages, bungalows, country houses, ranch houses, and more.
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