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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12 Ways to Enhance Your Front Entry

The front entry forms guests' first impression, so make it count. Be inspired to up your home's curb appeal with these easy-to-please entry enhancements.


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    • Lead Them In

      Guide guests from the street or drive to the front door with a clearly marked and well-maintained path that is 3-4 feet wide so two people can walk side by side. Add interest and impress your guests with custom walkway as seen here.

    • Improve Your Walkway

      Create a stylish and functional walkway with these design ideas and materials tips.

    • Make the Point of Entry Pop

      A punch of bright, bold paint that contrasts with the siding and trim is an easy way to revamp a tired entry. Against the white facade, this spring-green door cheerfully leads visitors inside. Consider the style of your home and choose colors accordingly.

    • Foolproof Front Door Colors

      Liven up your front door with color! Watch this video to learn about our favorite foolproof hues.

    • Keep It Clear

      Cut back overgrown plantings that block views of the front door or spill over onto walkways. Flowers and plants in containers are easy to maintain and can be rearranged at any time.

    • Add Personality

      An entryway is a prime location to splurge on gorgeous features, such as the wooden front door or colorful step tiles seen here. With these elements, you don't need much to achieve a polished look, and they will impress potential buyers in the future.

    • Elevate the Architecture

      Research your home's style and add appropriate architectural details such as decorative brackets, moldings, columns, and trim. If you already have those elements, bolster their appeal by giving them a fresh coat of paint or stain.

    • Repeat Elements

      Connect the entry with the rest of your home's exterior by repeating elements that create a cohesive look. A prominent design element, such as the arch in the window above the door, reappears in the awning overhead.

    • Create a Landing Spot

      Give your front porch a sense of warmth and comfort by placing a piece or two of weather-resistant furniture near the entry. A bistro set is an easy addition for any porch size -- and a perfect spot to relax outdoors with a cup of coffee. A welcoming wreath overhead rounds out front porch decor.

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      Open It Up

      Open up your front entry with full-length windows on both sides of your door. They let light into your home, make your entry seem larger, and underscore your home's architectural style.

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      Light the Way

      Good lighting is a must for both convenience and safety. Consider motion-sensing lights near the front door. Use low-voltage lights to illuminate pathways, and put lanterns on posts for general yard lighting.

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      How to Install Landscape Lighting

      Installing landscape lighting is an easy way to add pizzazz to your landscape, and it's a project simple enough for anyone to do themselves.

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      Upgrade Landscaping

      Placing containers of flowers near the front entry is an easy and inexpensive way to add a dose of eye-catching color. Go bold with color to see the containers from the street.

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      Protect Visitors

      Add a roof or awning over the front door to keep rain or sun off visitors while they ring the bell (and off you while you fish for your keys).

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      Coordinate Hardware and Lighting

      Create a polished and sophisticated entry by choosing the same color or metal finish for exterior elements such as entrance hardware, door knockers, house numbers, mailboxes, and porch lights.

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      Before and After: Home Exteriors

      Maximize curb appeal with an exterior makeover. See how these 24 facades went from ordinary to unforgettable.
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