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8 Added Bonuses of Heating Your Stone Countertop

Homeowners everywhere have been adding heat to their stone countertops to remove the “shock” of leaning on the cold surface. This luxurious upgrade has many benefits (see 7 Reasons Why Homeowners Enjoy Heated Countertops) and is praised by anyone who rests their arms on their countertop everyday.

Aside from the fact that it provides your skin with a more soothing feel, what are the other advantages of adding heat to your stone?

Below are 8 unique benefits that current owners of heated countertops have said that they appreciate as an added bonus.

1.  Germination

"In the spring I put my seed trays on the heated counter and get great germination of nearly 100%!” 

2.  Warmer Coffee

3.  Easier to Roll Dough

4.  Happier Cats

“We love it! In fact, a couple of guests have said they want to lay down on it! Our cat likes to sleep on the bar stool underneath it because it’s so warm.  It was worth the splurge!”

5.  Quicker to Thaw or Defrost Meat

6.  Happier Kids

“Our two children often like to play with playdough at our kitchen island. The warmth is great for their skin when they're playing or eating meals.”

7.  Warmer Plates for Staging & Serving Food

8.  Softer Butter for Spreading

Interested in learning more about heating your new or existing countertop? Click here to view our product options or contact us today.

9 Ways to Upgrade, Repair & Reconfigure Your Kitchen Cabinets

Article & Infographic by John Moore Services

Make Repairs

Cabinets can become damaged in a variety of ways, from termites to moisture exposure and plain-old wear and tear. But these damages don’t have to be a death sentence. If the damage isn’t extensive, it might be possible to repair the cabinet(s) in question. If you know your way around a toolbox, you may be able to complete the repairs yourself. Otherwise, consult a professional to determine whether repairs are in order.

Replace Hardware

Sometimes cabinets look outdated simply because they sport hardware from the 1970s. In fact, one of the easiest ways to upgrade your cabinets is to invest in modern hinges, pulls, or knobs. Before you give up on your cabinets, consider some new hardware. It’s a cost-effective way to make a big difference.

Add Under-Cabinet Lighting

Installing lighting underneath your cabinets can transform them from “meh” to “wow” by creating a warm glow throughout your kitchen and illuminating your workspace. It greatly enhances the functionality of your kitchen by making it easier to see while you prep meals or rummage around in cupboards. Install dimmable under-cabinet lighting to create the feel of a customized space.

Install Roll-Out Shelving & Other Organizational Systems

It’s possible to enhance the functionality of your kitchen without replacing or reconfiguring the cabinets. Simply add roll-out shelving to your bottom cabinets or install other organizational tools in the form of hooks, magnetic spice holders, and more. With just a few DIY upgrades, you can transform your kitchen into a highly functional space.

Add Crown Molding or Other Trim

When you’re unhappy with your cabinets, it’s easy to blame them for all your aesthetic woes. But sometimes it’s the details around your cabinets that make all the difference. Adding crown molding, scribe molding, toe-kick trim, or other trim around your cabinets can make the whole kitchen appear more finished and customized.

Paint the Cabinets

You know how changing out of jeans and into fancy cocktail party clothes can make you feel like you’ve transformed into a different person? The same thing happens when you give your cabinets a costume change in the form of a new coat of paint. Experimenting with different colors can transform the look and feel of your cabinets. Just make sure to match the paint to your kitchen’s appliances, flooring, countertops, and other accents.

Reface the Cabinets

The idea behind refacing is to make cosmetic changes to the visible parts of the cabinets. This process can take several forms, from painting the fronts of the cabinets to installing a veneer over the cabinet fronts or replacing the cabinet doors but leaving the cabinet boxes intact.

Add Glass Fronts to Cabinet Doors

Are your cabinet doors too far gone to repaint, reface, or repair? No problem. You can still keep the cabinets mostly intact (and spare yourself the cost of replacing them completely) by removing the doors and swapping in glass fronts. It’s a modern, fresh, and clean option—and if you choose clear glass, it’ll inspire you to keep the cabinets’ contents organized!

Reconfigure the Layout

Moving your existing cabinets around can help you achieve a whole new look. Popular reconfiguration ideas include adding smaller cabinets above the larger ones, re-hanging upper cabinets so they’re flush with the ceiling, removing cabinet doors and converting the cabinets into open shelving, or re-hanging the uppers at a higher height to add shelving underneath. In all cases, the goal is to maximize both appearance and function.  

When It’s Time to Replace Your Cabinets

Plenty of options lie between you and a total cabinet replacement. But sometimes, it really is time to throw in the towel and invest in a new set of cabinets. Here are some tell-tale signs that your cabinetry needs to be replaced:

  1. It costs just as much (or more) to repair as it does to upgrade. In this case, you might be better off investing in new cabinets, since they may last longer than the repaired versions.
  2. You want to revamp the entire kitchen layout. While it’s possible to reconfigure the layout of your existing cabinets, you’ll likely be limited in your design. If your goal is a complete kitchen overhaul, it might be necessary to invest in new cabinetry.
  3. The existing cabinets are damaged beyond repair. Examples include water or mold, or cabinet walls that have become soft or too worn to mount new hardware.
  4. The existing cabinets are poor quality. It’s probably not worth throwing money at cabinets that weren’t built to stand the test of time. If your cabinets are likely to fall apart again in a year or two, you could be better off skipping the repairs and heading straight for a higher-quality set of cabinets.

Not sure if your cabinets need to be replaced? Consult an expert before you make any repairs or knock them down.

Sometimes, there’s simply no way around the fact that it’s time to replace your kitchen cabinets. But in many cases, a few simple upgrades can transform even the most outdated cabinets from drab to chic.

Click here to see original post by John Moore Services. 

25 DIY Ideas for Your Home Improvement Checklist

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Feel the need to update? Want the pride of improving your home all by yourself? This checklist of the top 25 DIY remodeling ideas will fufill all of your fixer upper desires! 

  1. Add a chandelier in your mudroom or laundry room.
  2. Transform a closet into an office by unhinging the door and trading the hanging rods for shelves. 
  3. Build and fill up window boxes for a stronger curb appeal.
  4. Impress your guests with a chic new doorbell. DIY
  5. Install dimmer switches in your kitchen and dining room.
  6. Use a ladder as a bath-towel rack. DIY
  7. Add a stained-glass window in your bathroom.
  8. Build a wall-mount bedside table. diy
  9. Add a spice rack underneath your cabinets to keep your counters clear.DIY
  10. Stick a thin heater under your granite countertop overhang for elegance and warmth.
  11. Paint your kitchen cabinets to a bright color.
  12. Add frames around your bathroom mirrors.
  13. Replace boring beige switch covers with something more decorative. 
  14. Spray paint outdated brass door handles.
  15. Create an upholstered headboard for your master bedroom.
  16. Make a modern stone fire pit for your patio.
  17. Add pendant lighting above your kitchen island.
  18. Cut, seal & install butcherblock countertops (with an undermount sink) See how. 
  19. Make a towel rack from pallet wood. 
  20. Replace your showerhead and faucets.
  21. Spruce up your mudroom with shoe shelves. 
  22. Paint a new color or design on your ceiling.
  23. Add more greenery around your home by recycling old containers.
  24. Try a peel-and-stick backsplash kit.
  25. Make a kitchen island from a dresser. Click here to see how.

Renovating Your Kitchen? Here Are 9 Ideas You Haven't Thought Of

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Planning your kitchen remodel can be an overwhelming process. From light fixtures to flooring, there are endless possibilities for you to choose from.

Below are 8 unique ideas that will take your kitchen renovation to the next level and will make your home stand out from the rest.

Integrated Appliances

Heated Countertops

Exposed Ceilings

Creative Walk-In Pantry Doors

Frosted Glass Door

Sliding Barn Door

Massive Single-Level Islands for Valuable Prep Space

Floor-to-Ceiling Storage

Warming Drawer for Food Assembly

Unique Countertop Materials

Pewter

Stainless Steel

Reclaimed Wood

Poured Concrete

Built-In Ceiling Speakers

Click on any of the above images to get more inspiration for your kitchen renovation! 

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12 Ways to Make Your Small Space Feel More Luxurious

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No matter what size home you are living in, there is an endless amount of ways to make it feel more luxurious. From renovating to redesigning, these 12 ideas will turn your small space into your dream home. 

Add Corner Bench Seating

If you’re squeezed for seating space in your home, we think we’ve found the solution. Corner bench seating not only opens up your space, but it adds a touch of elegance and style. Out with the traditional table, in with the chic breakfast nook!

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Install a Touch-Sensitive Faucet 

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to tap your faucet with your arm and have water stream down? Touch-sensitive faucets are a luxury with a practical payoff: fewer germs and less mess to clean after dirty-handed recipe cleanup. 

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Replace or Add Moldings

One of the easiest ways to make a home feel more expensive and luxurious is to improve its interior architecture. If you have narrow baseboards and molding, replace them with something thicker to achieve a more elegant look. You could also add applied moldings to any wall to create more charm and character.

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Warm Up Your Cold Countertop

A countertop heating mat is the perfect solution for anyone who hates the cold feel of their granite or stone countertop. Simply stick the mat underneath your overhang, plug it into a standard outlet, and enjoy the luxury of heated countertops!

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Utilize Smart Storage

Closets are a great way to store clothing and other home essentials, but they can be a challenge in a small space. Removing closet doors is a great way to make a closet in a small space feel larger and give you easy access to the items inside. Drapes are a nice alternative for those who like an open closet but want the option to close things up when guests come over.

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Add Elegant Curtains

With the right pattern and fabric, curtains have the power to switch up a room's aesthetic. If you're still undecided on the room accessory, take a look at these 40 living rooms that put fabric to good use.

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Create a Faux Built-In

If space is lacking built-ins, fake the look by flanking a doorway with identical bookcases that reach almost to the ceiling and install moldings around the tops of the shelves. As a style bonus, paint the bookcase before installation, or line the backs with pretty paper.

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Renovate Your Ventilation

No one wants the lingering smell of smoke and cooking fumes in the kitchen, especially in a small space. But hoods can be clunky. With a pop-up hood vent, you can suck all the smoke and fumes out at the press of the button.

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Turn Your Smartphone into a Virtual Doorman

House keys are so last year. With an August Smart Lock, you can remotely lock or unlock your front door, or tell Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant to do it for you. Complete the grand entrance with an elegant lantern in the foyer.

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Add Your Own Mini Bar

Nothing says luxury more than a high-class selection of beverages on display. A bar fit perfectly on a small wall of unused space is a practical and classy way to make a statement.

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Update Your Ceiling

Look UP and get creative. The ceiling is the most oft-overlooked area of your home, but with some bold reimagining, it can become the biggest talking point. Just try one of these tricks

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Upgrade to a Storage Wall

It’s hard to create storage and not make a room feel smaller. A colorful and practical storage wall, in place of your television stand, will make all the difference in your small space!

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