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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Home Additions and Bump-Outs

A slideshow of bump-outs and small home additions, featuring a variety of addition designs, styles, and hints


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    • Addition with Cedar Siding

      Prominent bump-outs like this one can add square footage inside and break up the square personality outside this residence. Cedar siding on house additions can enhance the visual interest of formerly plain stucco facades. Try adding Japanese-style entryways or front doors to marry the addition and the original home design. Note the way the canopy over the front door picks up the form of the bump-out, creating continuity between the existing house and the addition.

    • Bay Window Bump-Out

      Even a small bay window bump-out can change a room by allowing more light and opening up new sight lines-in this case, to a swimming pool. Note the way the beaded board was brought under the windows to tie into the room.

    • Banquette Seating

      A window seat maximizes the function of this small bump-out without taking up a lot of space. High windows on the street-side wall allow light into the room but maintain privacy. The arch is a fanciful touch to add interest to the wall.

    • Rear Curved Bump-Out

      A small rear bump-out is put to maximum use by filling the curve with a built-in banquette. Storage is built in below the seating. A tall peaked ceiling and lots of windows keep the space from feeling too tight.

    • Cozy Seating Area

      Once a cramped attic study, this third-floor crow's nest gets a fresh start with a new bowed dormer and large windows that improve floor space, headroom, and the view of the waterfront vista. The dormer expands usable space without adding square footage. Here, the owners chose windows with small panes on top and large, clear openings at the bottom to maximize views.

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