Inside the Innovation House

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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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DIY Patio Ideas

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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

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Distinctive Staircase Ideas

An artful staircase can be the architectural centerpiece of your home. Add drama and majesty to your own grand entrance with these distinctive ideas.


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    • Stairway Balustrade

      This self-supporting staircase features scrollwork balusters often seen in 1920s mansions. It has just the right amount of curve that will attract the eye.

    • Twisting Stairwell

      The tricky part of building a twisting stairwell isn't the steps--it's the underside. The smooth underside of this staircase seems to spiral upward in unison with the steps and railing as effortlessly as a ballet dancer gliding into a pirouette.

    • Glass Stairway Wall

      The glass stairway wall seen here allows light from the skylights to flow to the main level.

    • Contemporary Staircase

      This staircase--made of steel, architectural glass, and travertine--unites the home's three levels. Its angular dimensions convey a modern look.

    • Open Stairway

      Mesh panels on this staircase conform to safety code while maintaining a transparent quality.

    • Custom Railing

      A menagerie of sea creatures rides the graceful swell of this custom-made iron balustrade. Twisted balusters alternate with those supporting crown-shape flourishes.

    • Double Staircase

      A distinctive, double staircase rises on both sides of this home's front door. Large pebbles set into concrete create a decorative floor surface in the foyer.

    • Stacked Steps

      Although this floating staircase appears to lack support, it's actually a strong, stable design. Each step was built as an individual box, and then the steps were stacked and joined together.

    • Cantilevered Stairway

      This daringly cantilevered stairway climbs to the highest levels of craftsmanship. Shadows on the wall repeat the visual rhythm of its stunning balustrade.

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      Organic Curves

      The smooth curve of this dark, wood staircase is reflected by organic shapes in the custom railing.

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      Stainless Steel Stairway

      This magnificent stainless steel, glass, and plaster staircase winds through three floors.

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      Spiral Staircase

      A tight spiral staircase adds an artful twist to this home. Straight lines often abound in spare, contemporary interiors, so look for places to add a circular element.

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      Open Stairs

      This contemporary stairway features cantilevered travertine marble steps and a clean-lined glass-and-metal handrail.

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      Sweeping Stairwell

      The curving staircase seen here is a quintessentially Southern touch. It cuts a regal swath as it sweeps from the open entrance hall to the upper level.

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      Playful Steps

      A playful animal-print runner lends a dash of whimsy to this sinuous formal staircase.

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      Stairway Curves

      The smooth curve of this stairway connects the home's three levels, and the stairwell widens as it meets the main level. The curve of the stairway and its railings is contrasted by the straight lines of the balusters.

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      Geometric Detail

      The ziggurat-like ascent of these dark wooden stairs against the white of the wall and the stair framing adds dramatic appeal.

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      Stairway Railing Ideas

      Stairway railings serve more than a functional purpose -- they give stairs a visual presence and make a staircase a work of art. Find ideas for the perfect railing for your stairway.
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