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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DIY Doghouse Plans

Download the doghouse plans featured in the Summer 2012 issue of Do It Yourself magazine.

Download the doghouse plans created by Lee Sie and featured in the summer 2012 issue of Do It Yourself magazine.

What You'll Need:

  • Five 2x3 boards, 96 inches in length (base, floor, and deck)
  • Eleven 1x1 boards (framing and porch overhang posts)
  • Two 8x10-inch picture frames (windows)
  • Eight asphalt roofing shingles
  • One 27x32x1/4-inch sheet plywood (flooring)
  • Two 18x32-1/2x1/4-inch sheet plywood (roofing)
  • One 4x4-feet sheet plywood or scrap pieces of siding (exterior walls)
  • 1- and 1-1/2-inch decking screws
  • 1-inch roofing nails


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