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.

View Video

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.

View Slideshow

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.

See More

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.

View Slideshow

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.

View Slideshow

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.

View Video

Budget Curb Appeal

Be the best home on the block for less. These budget curb appeal updates will show you how.

View Video
Popular in Home Improvement

Patio Makeover Diary: NY Stone Patio with Pergola

A flagstone patio and new pergola transform a bland space into a cozy living area that provides a seamless transition between exterior walls.


    Everything in this slideshow

    • A Unifying Outdoor Space

      When this 1870s farmhouse in New York underwent a series of extensive renovations, an unplanned--and unfortunate--result was a disjointed intersection of the home and a windowless exterior wall. A pergola remedied the situation, unifying the two walls to create an outdoor room.

    • Patio Before

      Before the pergola was added to this outdoor area, the exterior architecture was unappealing.

    • Patio After

      A pergola, combined with a flagstone patio and luscious landscaping, livens the outdoor aesthetic and provides a casual gathering space.

    • Prepping the Space

      Building an outdoor garden room takes several steps. For this project, workers first removed a dated picture window to make way for the door that leads to the new outdoor gathering space.

    • Starting Construction

      With the new door in place, the digging to level the ground began.

    • Building the Patio Wall

      Before starting in on the wall, the homeowners had to decide how high to make the wall. They set it at comfortable seating height, letting the wall do double duty.

    • Laying the Patio

      After laying half the patio with brick, the homeowners had a change of heart. They went with flagstone instead.

    • Building the Pergola

      It's always important to research pergola designs before starting their construction. In this design, the pillars are not only functional but also visually appealing.

    • Landscaping the Outdoor Space

      After construction on the pergola was finished, the landscaping began. Mature wisteria gave an instantly established look while the rest of the plantings took shape.

    • 10 of 11

      The Finished Garden Room

      Pergolas can give definition to any outdoor living area. Here, antiques add even more character to the space, and potted plants tie all the pieces together.

    • 11 of 11
      Next Slideshow 16 Great Patio Ideas

      16 Great Patio Ideas

      Just like interior rooms, patios benefit from seasonal spruce-ups, new furniture arrangements, and fresh crops of accessories. Take your redesign cue from these 16 patios that illustrate inspirational, on-trend, and achievable redesign strategies.
      Begin Slideshow »



    Loading... Please wait...