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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Front Entry Lighting and Accessories

Accessories are the quickest way to update a front entryway. Give your exterior a polished look with lighting, hardware, and personal touches.


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    • Think Beyond Daylight

      Good curb appeal has visual impact all day long, but it shouldn't end at sunset. Make your house the evening star of the neighborhood with entry fixtures, landscape lighting, and lighting under the eaves.

    • Spotlight the Entry

      Set your home apart from the street with a few choice design details that enhance its signature features. This charming cottage's natural materials come to life with a winding red walkway and robin's-egg blue front door. Bright white casing and accessories give the entrance presence.

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    • Do More with Less

      Give your home outstanding curb appeal with these easy-to-implement ideas that add character on the cheap.

    • Coach Appeal

      A coach-style sconce can find a happy home in a range of settings. The burnished-metal look and handsome shape are compatible with formal architecture such as Federal and whimsical style such as cottage.

    • Add Signature Details

      Fresh paint and a beautiful applied molding design draw eyes to this front door without compromising its historical charm. Welcoming touches such as a hand-painted house number and yellow wreath enhance the exterior's personality and curb appeal.

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    • Get Colorful

      Extend your style personality to the front door by painting it a bold, bright color and adding complementary accessories. These no-fail color choices are flattering for all exteriors.

    • Mix It Up

      Just like your interior lighting plan, exterior lighting can benefit from some variation. On this porch, a combination of sconces and overhead lighting not only adds interest but also provides task lighting for lounging and reading after dark.

    • Echo the Landscape

      Your landscape doesn't have to stop at the front steps. Keep the momentum going by filling extra-large planters full of ferns that mimic the green of your garden. This front porch gets playful by varying the size and height of its planters by the entrance.

    • Pull the Look Together

      An arch-top door and taupe-painted brick provide the perfect backdrop for boxy, overscale sconces. The sconces' rounded tops mimic the arched entryway, while their square profiles complement the shape of the door's windows, X motifs, and hardware.

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      House Numbers: How Big?

      Generally, house numbers should be 4 to 6 inches tall for high visibility. Mount them where they can be spotted easily, such as on the front door, near the mailbox, or above the entry.

      Tip: Avoid numerals that might rust or be difficult to clean. House numbers should be no-maintenance items.

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      Add Curb Appeal

      Jazz up the front entry with one-of-a-kind address numbers. Choose a wrought-iron or brass design for a classic look, or try neon numbers for a modern twist.

      For a bold, budget-friendly look, stencil oversize numbers onto a concrete stoop with paint. Brown and black hues were mixed to give the numbers a mottled look.

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      Refresh Tired Elements

      Don't let old features leave your facade feeling flat. Paint perks up an exterior door and fixtures for much less than the cost of buying new. Freshen an antique door with a paint designed for metals, then use colorful accessories to make it coordinate with the rest of the porch.

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      Age Gracefully

      It's easy to give new homes a been-here-forever patina. Cover a front entry with mismatched, old-world-inspired details such as a rugged wall lamp and mailbox. Here, antique hardware and tile house numbers gently age new doors and gates.

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      Light the Night

      Dramatic fixtures over the entrance will help guests experience your home in a whole new light. Pendants suspended from this gated arbor enhance nighttime views and pull visitors toward the front door.

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      Lighthouse Lantern

      With its mottled glass shield banded by a single hoop of metal, this lighthouse lantern is perfect for a Cape Cod-style house. The fixture is a good candidate for an energy-saving compact fluorescent bulb because the opaque glass will mask the shape of the light source, even a twisty fluorescent.

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      Special Delivery

      As long as it is convenient for your mail carrier, mailboxes can be attached to the wall near the door or mounted a few feet away on a short post. Sleek and crisp, a vertical stainless-steel mailbox lends a modern touch to this charming cottage.

      Tip: Check with local postal authorities about any installation regulations in your community before changing your mailbox placement.

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      Knock, Knock

      Give the doorbell a rest by adding a new door knocker. It's a fun and stylish way for guests to announce their arrival.

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      Rooftop Additions

      A weather vane and cupola harken to an earlier time of American residential construction, but these charming add-ons still delight. Available in a variety of sizes, cupolas and weather vanes give your roof a jaunty touch of curb appeal.

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      Farmhouse Front Doors

      How to give your home a gracious, eye-catching entrance? This collection of farm-fresh front doors promises to invite you in to sit a spell and savor some hospitality.
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