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The Top Reasons Why I Love My Heated Countertops

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By now you have probably heard about the latest kitchen trend: heated countertops. My husband and I hopped on the heated countertop train a few years ago and I am here to tell you about why we are so happy that we did.

Here are the top reasons why I recommend heating your granite countertop.

My bare arms aren’t freezing anymore.

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We leave our heated countertop on even in the summer because no matter the temperature outside, granite still feels cold inside. Taking away that coldness, especially when I’m not wearing long sleeves, has significantly helped me in the morning.

My kitchen feels homier.

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Similar to how our fireplace feels in our living room, the little bit of warmth on our island makes me feel cozy and comfortable in the kitchen.

I don’t have to turn it on and off.

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The heating pad uses very little wattage so it has been convenient to leave it running 24/7. The cost to run our heated countertops is comparable to leaving a laptop plugged in.

It’s a great talking piece.

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My husband and I love to host year-round and we’ve enjoyed seeing people’s reactions when they feel our warm granite. Most of the time they never even realized that you can heat your overhang. It definitely has been fun to show off.

It was easy to install.

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We didn’t decide to get heated countertops until after our granite was installed. Luckily, it was very easy to order a heating pad that fit under our overhang and then we were able to stick it on ourselves.

The other side of my island is still cold.

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It has been nice, especially when cooking, to have just the overhang warm and have the rest of my countertop cold. The only area I really care about being warm is where I sit and rest my arms every day.

My food stays warm.

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A unique benefit that never even occurred to me is how much longer my plates and dishes stay warm. I drink my coffee slowly, so having a warm countertop has helped me avoid trips to the microwave to reheat my mug.

If you are someone who is always cold or hates sitting at a cold table, I highly suggest heating your countertop. It’s something I appreciate every day!

-Submitted by FeelsWarm Customer, 2019

Include These 11 Features When Building Your Custom Home

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Building your dream home is one of the most exciting and overwhelming processes. You have your Pinterest boards filled and your must-haves written down for designing the perfect home, but what if you forget something that you wish you would have included?

Here’s a list of 11 luxurious features in 2019 to include in your custom home building plan. 

Sky Lighting

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Add novelty to your custom home with bonus natural lighting. You will love how much brighter and larger your rooms will feel with this added touch.

Maximum Storage in Your Mudroom

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One way to make your new construction stand out is by building built-in lockers or shelves to give your mudroom a permanent and distinguished look.

Central Vacuum System

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With a floor level sweep inlet, you can get rid of your old dustpan and let your central vacuum do the rest. Great for kitchens, mudrooms, bathrooms or work spaces!

Heated Flooring

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How many times have you wished you were stepping out of the shower onto heated floors instead of your cold tile? Installing this feature before your home is built will save you lots of time and money in the long run.

Closet Organization

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Add some organization to your spacious walk-in closet by adding more shelving and shoe compartments built in ahead of time. 

Bench Seating

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Built-in benches will add charm to your home, as well as additional storage. Plus, they are in line with 2019’s Hottest Kitchen Trends.

Smart Home Technology System

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Homeowners today want to be able to control their home systems with the touch of a button, and remotely from their smartphones. This includes home security alarms, cameras, thermostats, shades, lights, entertainment system and even voice assistants.

Staircase Storage

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Talk about practical! Utilize the area underneath your stairs that would otherwise be wasted space.

Bonus Cupboards

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Better yet, maximize the space in your kitchen with baseboard drawers.

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More and more homeowners are including this luxury in their new kitchens. Granite and quartz countertops can be very cold to lean on, especially in the winter, so adding a little bit of heat solves this problem!

Open Walk-In Shower

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The best part about building a walk-in shower is that you will have no glass to clean. Plus, these types of showers are easy to incorporate in tighter areas without making the shower feel small.

What other ideas are on your dream board for building the perfect custom home? Share with us on Instagram & Pinterest!

The Worst Kitchen Designs That Will Make You Cringe

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Everyone is always sharing the top designs and photos to inspire the kitchen of your dreams. In this post, we thought we would share the worst kitchen designs to inspire you what not to include in your future home.

Behold! The all-time strangest kitchens.

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This kitchen is plagued with multiple visual problems. The red wall is not only fake brick and not even proper fake brick (i.e., architectural veneer stone). It’s a paint job or wallpaper. And don’t even get us started on the green- tiled floor.

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We understand wall decals and we get that a child’s room can enjoy some stickered-up surfaces; but this is neither of those. Not to mention the aqua and blue color selection.

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Stylist Maude Smith has decorated her kitchen cupboards with corks, shells and broken china. While we appreciate the artistic creativity behind this look, there is just too much for the eye to take in.

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This has to be one of the weirdest kitchen islands we’ve ever seen! Would you rather have this or no island at all?

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We have to applaud the homeowner’s creativity with this Alice and Wonderland inspired kitchen. It’s not the worst kitchen we’ve ever seen, but it’s certainly not the greatest.

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Lots going on in this funky kitchen but we especially enjoy the shelving that blocks the oven and cupboard access. Luckily, this kitchen was recently renovated to a much more spacious feel!

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Last but not least, a kitchen that opens up to your bathtub. Nothing like a drink by the pool…or a meal in the jacuzzi? Well, if you like to relax while you eat, I guess this is the perfect way to do it.

Which of these would you say is the worst kitchen? Do you have an even worse example? Share your photos with us on Facebook!

10 Kitchen Trends to Expect in Spring 2019

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Building a new home this spring? Or thinking about renovating your outdated kitchen to something fresh and new? Stay ahead of the curve with these current and upcoming trends in the kitchen industry.

Walls of Storage

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Beautiful yet functional storage will never go out of style so if this is something you are considering going for, do it. This trend is nothing if not kitchen design heaven and hides all the visual chaos of small appliances, dishes, food containers etc.

Concealed Vents

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Industrial hood vents are fine and dandy if you’re running a restaurant, but in the residential sphere, a seamless look will heat up kitchens going into spring 2019. Whether in a traditional or modern design, it’s all about quieter, artful look over the oven.

Matte Everything

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Who doesn’t love the slick touch of matte finishes? And lucky for you, we’ve noticed showrooms chock full of matte cabinetry and appliances that while attractive, are ultimately much easier to keep clean and are certain to not go out of style anytime soon thanks to their forever-cool allure.

Heated Countertops

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Taking luxury to a new level, homeowners are including heated countertops in their latest kitchen renovations. This trend is widely popular among those who love the look of granite and quartz, but hate how cold it is to lean on. Click here to see how to install heated countertops without hiring a professional.

Glass and Steel Room Dividers

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When used to separate a kitchen and living room, these transparent dividers can keep food smells and noise in the kitchen, while creating the visual effect of a large, open floor plan. If you aren’t sold on an open floor plan, yet want to make your space feel connected, this is the solution.

Bespoke Pantries and Larders

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“When redesigning your kitchen, a bespoke larder is still one of the biggest trends this year and next,’ reveals Naked Kitchens. “A must–have in the modern kitchen, with storage at the right temperature and ingredients easily accessible, a well-designed bespoke larder is also a thing of great beauty.”  

Moveable Islands

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Islands are handy as prep surfaces and extra seating, but they don’t need to be set in stone. This slim, moveable island offers flexibility when entertaining, and has an airy base perfect for small spaces. Of all the trends this spring, this one seems to be the most practical.

Smart Fridges

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While they may not be popping up in every new home just yet, the trend of smart appliances has become significantly more popular in 2019. And there’s no denying that a smart fridge could actually be pretty useful.

Colored Cabinetry

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“Many people are beginning to incorporate colored cabinets in kitchens while moving away from all white cabinetry. Making a statement and creating a mood with cabinetry, like using deep or grey-washed blues and greens is in high demand. These are being beautifully paired with fixtures and hardware in brass and other contrasting metals.” – Sara Ianniciello

Quartz Countertops Still on Top

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For high-end kitchen countertops, quartz still reigns supreme. The material is extremely hardy, can last virtually forever, is a breeze to maintain and is anti-microbial. Granite, the main competitor in the high-end bracket, requires slightly more maintenance.

Which of these trends is your favorite? Click here to ask yourself the hardest “would you rather” home renovation questions. 

9 Items You Didn’t Realize Could Be Heated in Your Home

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Modern technology has allowed us to heat just about anything to bring you more comfort both inside your home and out. If you’re the type of person who is always cold or is always complaining about how cold it is, then this post is for you. Below are 9 items in your home that you never knew you could heat.

Heated Desk Chair

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Helping to increase circulation and relieve tension, this heated desk chair with massaging functions does more for your body than just heat it up. This is the perfect chair for anyone is who works from home and has to uncomfortably sit at a desk all day.

Heated Towel Rack

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There’s no need to endure the post-shower cold. This list of 20 different towel warmers will keep you snug and feeling luxurious in your bathroom every morning (or night if you’re a PM shower taker).  

Heated Countertop

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Leaning against a cold surface every morning while trying to enjoy your cup of coffee can be very unpleasant. See how you can enjoy heated countertops without having to install new counters at all.

Heated Rugs

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Like an electric blanket for your floor, this innovative heating system turns area rugs into “invisible” space heaters and lets you stay warm and keep your sense of style. You can also use this as a warmed pet mat!

Heated Toilet Seat

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Talk about keeping every area of your body warm! The LumaWarm heated nightlight toilet seat offers the luxury and comfort of a warmed seat – with the added convenience of an illuminating LED nightlight.

Heated Driveway

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Have you ever seen snow fall on an already warm car? It melts instantly. This is the essential idea behind snow melting systems—a heating element is embedded in your driveway (or patio, walkway, etc.) and it melts the snow that falls on it. Say goodbye to snow shoveling forever!

Heated Patio Bench

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Perfect for those chilly spring or fall evenings, heated seating will enhance the comfort of your outdoor patio or deck. Plug the bench in, turn it on at the press of a button and set it to your desired temperature!

Heated Desk

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If you work at a desk made of granite or quartz, take a moment to feel just how cold the surface feels against your skin. These stick-on desk heaters will raise the temperature of your surface 20-25°, leaving you with a much more soothing feel during your work day. Simply apply the mat under your surface and plug it into a standard outlet!

Defogging Mirror

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Previously available only in spas or luxury hotels, the luxury of a fog-free mirror can be yours to enjoy in your own master bathroom. With a fogless mirror as part of the home, you will no longer have to wipe mirrors after warm showers and leave streaks on them as a result.

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