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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Green Building: Remodeling Ideas

Green building ideas for your next remodeling project

Green remodeling is common sense, architectural designer Michael Anschel says. Here are his six ways to green your next remodeling project:

  1. Consider the site. Plan your remodel so it remains within the original carbon footprint of your house to minimize impact on the landscape. Take advantage of passive solar gain and shade-tree cooling.
  2. Use green building materials. Consider Icynene insulation; millwork certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC); remnant granite; shade-tree flooring; flooring and cabinets made from renewable bamboo, lyptus, mesquite, or wheat board; energy-saving triple-glazed wood and aluminum-clad wood windows; heat-reflective, long-life, recyclable metal roofing; energy-saving compact florescent lighting; dual-flush low-flow toilets; programmable thermostats; and low- or no-VOC paints.
  3. Avoid products made from nonrenewable resources and those that require a lot of energy to produce. Examples include asphalt roofing, vinyl or aluminum windows and siding, fiberglass insulation, energy-wasting recessed lighting, petroleum-base solid-surfacing countertops, formaldehyde-rich sheathing material, and tropical hardwoods that are not FSC-certified.
  4. Recycle construction waste, or hire a disposal firm to sort and recycle it for you.
  5. Choose an open floor plan that limits the number of doors and full-height walls. This decreases lumber consumption and helps heating and cooling systems run more efficiently.
  6. Use durable, high-grade materials. The wasted energy, materials, and money spent to replace bad construction materials and cheap fixes is astounding.

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