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

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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

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

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Farmhouse Facelift

This 60-year-old Connecticut farmhouse hadn't seen any major changes since it was built, and the owners felt it was time for change. Within their facelift renovation, they maintained the home's original charm while adding elegantly simple style.


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    • Farmhouse Update

      This Connecticut farmhouse hadn't been updated since it was built in 1950s, but the homeowners were undaunted. Through the renovations, they preserved the home's charming simplicity but also brought it into the 21st century by opening the home's layout and adding French doors and windows for extra light. The result is a timeless home with modern amenities that cater to its family's lifestyle.

    • Welcome Home

      Traditional details—including the gray-stone paving and multipane windows—mix with ageless accoutrements such as the wooden bench to create an inviting walk up to the humble farmhouse.

    • Straightforward Foyer

      The original staircase received a minor facelift thanks to chunky newels and balustrades, as well as Shaker-style wainscoting. A paneled mirror casually leans behind the table, tricking the eyes into believing the room is bigger than it actually is.

    • White and Light

      The homeowners installed six sets of double French doors throughout the home, including one here in the living room, allowing natural light to flood the spaces. Another recurring look: white. The home’s white neutral palette leaves room for season-appropriate accent colors in pillows and other decor.

    • All in the Details

      The homeowners opted to swap in a more detailed mantel for the original one, then paneled the rest of the fireplace wall—upping the house’s classic aesthetic even more. Bronze starburst mirrors bounce light and complement the touches of brown throughout the room—in the chairs' piping and on the legs of the coffee table.

    • Wide Open

      Eliminating walls and uncluttering spaces was key in the home’s renovation. In the kitchen, the owners added an island and breakfast bar in the middle of the room and moved all major appliances to the walls. Enlarging the doorway between the kitchen and the dining room further connects the spaces and continues the homeowners’ vision for an open and relaxed home.

    • Smart Storage

      Tucking away kitchen essentials, such as the microwave and cookbooks, into the island render them as accessible as ever while cutting down on countertop and visual clutter.

    • Simply Put

      With no need for a chef’s kitchen, the homeowners opted for a simple kitchen and incorporated smart storage and cozy cottage style into the kitchen’s design. Wood floors and a walnut top on the breakfast bar warm up the all-white space.

    • Casual Family Room

      Another major alteration the homeowners made was to the family and dining rooms. They converted the formal dining room into a library, turned the screen porch into a casual dining space, and knocked down a wall separating the family room from the new dining room. The result: an open space for the whole family.

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      Buttoned-Down Dining Room

      Postrenovation, the dining room is connected to the family room. French doors and minimalist furnishings prompt interactions between family and friends and allow for casual mingling.

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      Easy Access

      Opting for gravel or stone over concrete increases a home’s rustic and timeless ambience—as it does with this outdoor walkway. Other touches, such as the cupola and columns, draw attention to the front entrance.

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      Outdoor Appeal

      In their planning, the homeowners were all about creating spaces for conversation—both indoors and out. The French doors throughout the home encourage that, with easy access to a variety of patio seating, garden furniture, and a fire pit.

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      Before and After: Home Exteriors

      Maximize curb appeal with an exterior makeover. See how these 24 facades went from ordinary to unforgettable.
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