Inside the Innovation House

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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

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DIY Patio Ideas

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Easy Fireplace Upgrades

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8 Cutting-Edge Exterior Features

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Budget Curb Appeal

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Multilevel Decks

Multilevel decks can add architectural interest, provide space for multiple outdoor rooms, and reveal a backyard vista you never knew you had. See for yourself by touring these majestic multilevel decks.


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    • Magnificent Multilevel

      This multilevel deck evolved over two years to fill a backyard and solve a problem slope. The result: A six-level deck that fuses function and beauty and creates plenty of outdoor living space. The deck is constructed of straight-grain Western red cedar, which is less prone to splintering than other woods.

    • Multiple Rooms

      No two levels of the deck were built simultaneously, so each offers a completely different experience. Each level features a secluded seating area, a unique view of the backyard, greenery, and garden art.

    • Deck Bench

      All levels of the deck have built-in furnishings. The unique design of this three-sided bench, also constructed with straight-grain Western red cedar, accommodates multiple conversation areas.

    • Pretty Planters

      Numerous built-in planters, such as this split octagon planter centered between two deck levels, provide a burst of greenery against the wood deck.

    • Cozy Sitting Area

      The lowest level of the deck, a cozy alcove with built-in tables and benches, is the best place to be on a cool day since it's protected from the wind. Subtle lighting beneath the benches allows users to enjoy the secluded spot into the night.

    • Deck Lights

      The deck is functional at night thanks to lights placed around the edge of the deck. The lights were fashioned out of scrap lumber left over from the deck construction. Changing lightbulbs is easy, too: The tops of the lights lift off.

    • Ample Shade

      A large mimosa tree rises through a deck opening, showering most of the upper levels with shade. A trellis shades a sitting area and supports mature wisteria.

    • Privacy Screen

      Cedar trellises extend above the board fence to increase privacy for the upper levels of the deck.

    • Multilevel with Majestic Views

      This multilevel deck successfully bridges the gap between the home and garden. The 600-square-foot deck with a winding staircase keeps views open, allowing the deck to blend with the surrounding landscape.

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      Observation Deck

      The upper levels of the deck offer plenty of gathering spots and garden views. Glass panels -- instead of vertical railings -- are installed in key locations to maximize the views.

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      Friendly Furnishings

      The deck was built using diagonally laid ipe wood, a tropical lumber also known as ironwood, and cedar trim. Simple wooden furniture and colorful pillows and planters make the deck feel friendly and cozy.

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      Deck Staircase

      A winding staircase that combines beauty as well as function connects upper and lower levels, and subtle lighting allows users to easily navigate at night.

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      Attractive Underdeck Areas

      Stock lattice panels from a local lumberyard screen a mud flat and unsightly storage space under the deck.

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      Patio with Perks

      A flagstone patio, complete with a fire pit and a cedar-paneled hot tub, sits at bottom of the deck's stairs and offers additional outdoor living space.

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      Pretty Pathway

      A unique pathway -- made from large boulders nestled into the ground -- connects the backyard gardens to the patio.

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      Dream Decks

      Transform your deck into a relaxing and restful retreat. Gather the ideas and inspiration you need to get your project started from these beautiful decks.
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