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12. Home makeover: A garage is transformed into (Credit: Steven Sunshine)

12. Home makeover: A garage is transformed into a dream den
The increasing trend of expanding a home's square footage by taking over the garage is done with seriousness -- and a serious $70,000 investment -- and results in a comfy room for the entire family.

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Top 12 home features of 2012

From kitchen renovations -- many, many kitchen renovations! -- to multi-designer showhouses, here are readers' favorite home features on newsday.com in 2012. Hopefully, you'll find inspiration all over again.

12. Home makeover: A garage is transformed into
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

12. Home makeover: A garage is transformed into a dream den
The increasing trend of expanding a home's square footage by taking over the garage is done with seriousness -- and a serious $70,000 investment -- and results in a comfy room for the entire family.

See the photos.

11. Gifts for the home Everybody uses --
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11. Gifts for the home
Everybody uses -- and needs -- housewares, and these gift ideas run the gamut.

See the gift guide.

10. Stealing space from the den for a
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10. Stealing space from the den for a new kitchen
Readers' home rennovations continually provide inspiration, such as this clever remodel that opened up a new favorite space thanks to the addition of a sliding glass door.

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9. Holiday House 2012 The annual decorator showhouse
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9. Holiday House 2012
The annual decorator showhouse took overĀ a four-level, 20,000-square-foot mansion on the Upper East Side.

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8. Emergency prepadedness gift guide In the wake
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8. Emergency prepadedness gift guide
In the wake of Sandy and its many aftereffects, maybe the best gift of all is a bit of preparation for future storms.

See the guide.

7. Kitchen makeover: a DIY approach with a
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7. Kitchen makeover: a DIY approach with a baker's needs in mind
A husband and wife in Patchogue team up for a complete kitchen remodel, from granite countertops to a dishwasher, that leaves the baker half of the couple thrilled.

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6. An inherited house gets a new kitchen
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6. An inherited house gets a new kitchen
A Merrick couple saves some $23,000 by personally tackling much of a long-overdue kichen remodeling project.

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5. A living room where the furniture 'floats'
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5. A living room where the furniture 'floats'
When a designer approaches her own home, she goes for a contemporary look in a space that's both cozy and ready for entertaining.

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4. A bright, crisp DIY kitchen Kitchen remodels,
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4. A bright, crisp DIY kitchen
Kitchen remodels, it seems, were on many folks' minds in 2012, and this $31,000 rennovation finds a couple that loves to bake and cook finally able to do both with ease.

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3. A basement renovation, for kids and adults
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3. A basement renovation, for kids and adults
A couple with two young children yearned for a space where kids can play and adults can entertain.

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2. A DIY kitchen makeover: from beige to
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2. A DIY kitchen makeover: from beige to beautiful
For a little under $11,000, the March family finally said goodbye to a kitchen that was a bit too beige.

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1. Hampton Designer Showhouse 2012 This year's showhouse
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1. Hampton Designer Showhouse 2012
This year's showhouse in Water Mill provided inspiration inside and out, and even dipped its toes into popular culture with nods to the "FIfty Shades of Grey" trilogy in two rooms.

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