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The Hardest 'Would You Rather' Home Remodeling Edition

Deciding between two great options is never easy, especially when it comes to remodeling or building your home. 

If cost wasn't a factor, which of these options would you go with if you couldn't have the other?

Elaborate Moldings

Exposed Brick

Walk-In Closet

Double Vanities

Heated Floors

Double Shower Heads

Finished Basement

Inground Pool

Hands-Free Faucet

Heated Countertops

Sprinkling System

Electric Fireplace

Walk-In Pantry

Kitchen Island

Heated Garage

4-Stall Garage

Stainless Steel Appliances

Granite Countertops

Large Deck

Large Backyard

Dual Ovens

Farmhouse Sink

Which one of these was the hardest for you? Personally, choosing between a walk-in closet and double vanities was the most difficult! (Had to go with the closet). Share your thoughts with us on Twitter or Facebook!

15 Kitchen Island Ideas for Inspiration

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Building a new house or beginning to think about renovating your kitchen? The kitchen island may be one of the first places to start. It is the center of the home after all.

Below are 15 kitchen island designs and ideas to get you excited about your new space.

Glass Shelving

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Show off your stem and barware with glass shelving on one side. This island follows another popular trend in kitchens: two-toned cabinets.

L-Shaped with Breakfast Nook

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Who wouldn’t want to cozy up in this window-facing breakfast nook, perfectly nuzzled into the large island?

Hidden Seating

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This island with mobile seating is beautifully concealed to open up the look and feel of your kitchen.

Island on Wheels

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Who said kitchen islands have to be secured to the floor? This modern home features an open plan and a kitchen island with wheels. Ingenious idea for room flexibility and space maximization.

Heated Countertops

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If you like the look of granite or quartz but hate how cold it feels on your skin, add a countertop heating mat under your overhang. Leave the rest of your countertops cold for food prep.

Extra Large One-Level

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This dark wood and marble countertop island stands out in this white and beige kitchen, with ample dining seating all around. 

Rustic Farm House Style

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Restore old cabinets or make a new island out of old wooden boards. The pallets are always there to help to make something interesting and cool.

Foot Rest

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Add a modern or vintage foot rest to the bottom of your island for a spruced-up look and increased comfort.

Farmhouse Sink

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Check out this massive kitchen island with a farmhouse sink, paper towel holder, white quartzite countertop and furniture-like cabinetry.

T-Shaped Kitchen Island

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Sleek, contemporary and practical, this island is sure to welcome all to gather around it.

Truly Customized

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This island was designed with three different elevations rather than as standard boxy cabinet. Each elevation has its own purpose: the short section holds entertaining essentials and can act as an impromptu bar, the main section houses a microwave, more storage and a small sink and the tall section is a counter-height breakfast bar.

Pet Friendly Island

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Allow your furry family members to eat like royalty with this built-in pet eating station.

Table Attached

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Extend your island with a lower-level wooden seating area attached.

Built-In Microwave

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Update the flow of your cooking process by adding a space in your current island for your microwave. See how to do it yourself here.

Center Island Breakfast Nook

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This is a great option if you are into breakfast nooks but your kitchen layout can’t accommodate the usual design for it – built in a corner, adjacent to a wall etc.

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10 Frequently Asked Questions About Quartz Countertops

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In recent years, quartz has become a widely popular countertop selection for homeowners and business owners. Its elegance, beauty and durability are among the many reasons why it is so highly praised.

Below are 10 of the most commonly asked questions about quartz countertops, with answers from top professionals in the industry. 

Are quartz countertops seamless in design? quartz

"Whether or not your quartz countertops will be seamless completely depends on the size of your kitchen and the layout of your lower cabinets. Like granite, quartz is sold in slabs; however, all slabs max out at a certain length.

The most common maximum slab length for both granite and quartz is 125” L x 65” W. This means if your lower cabinets are longer than 125” in length that your countertops will have to be seamed. Otherwise, you can achieve seamless quartz countertops."

-Savvy Studio Kitchen & Bath

How do I care for my quartz countertop? quartz

"Quartz countertops are easy to care for, and because the surface is non-porous, they are hard to stain. Use mild dish soap and water for everyday cleaning and stay away from harsh, abrasive cleansers, and cleansers that contain bleach. You can gently scrape hardened material off with a plastic putty knife."

-PF Custom Countertops

How is quartz different from marble and granite? quartz

"Quartz countertops which are sold under brand names such as Zodiaq™, Hanstone™, Silestone™ and Cambria™ are man-made stone surfaces. Quartz products offer consistency in patterns and colors that natural stone can not. Quartz surfaces do not offer the uniqueness and varied random patterns of natural granite and marble."

-Hatton Granite Countertops

Is quartz less expensive than granite or marble? quartz

"No, not necessarily. Depending on the level of granite or marble and the particular company or pattern of quartz; granite can be a significantly more cost effective material. However, if you are considering a level 3-4 granite/marble, or an exotic stone; quartz is most likely going to be a more affordable way to go.

Some factors that change the cost of granite are the extraction of the stone, and the shipping of the material which consumes a lot of time, money and energy. Factors that change the price of quartz are company, pattern or color of material, demand, labor rates, thickness and edge treatment, among others."

-Indoor City

Can I heat my quartz countertop to avoid leaning on such a cold surface every morning? 

"Yes, the easiest, safest and least expensive way to remove the cold feel of this material is to apply a stick-on countertop heating mat underneath your quartz overhang. If you are installing new countertops without an overhang, your contractor can easily lay out the heating mat under the stone."

-FeelsWarm Technology

Can quartz chip? 

"Under normal use it is very unlikely that your quartz countertop will ever chip. Edges are usually more susceptible to chipping than the middle of the surface, and if hit with enough force, chipping can occur. These occurrences are generally not covered by any manufacturing warranty, but would usually be repairable, depending on the size and scope of the chip or damage."

-Selective Countertops

Will quartz products vary in color? 

"Quartz countertops are composed of 93% natural quartz. Variation in the natural stone (quartz) color, pattern, size, shape, and shade are inherent and unique characteristics to be expected with quartz products."

-FLOFORM Countertops

What special precautions should be taken when cooking near quartz? 

"Quartz can be affected by extreme heat, so manufacturers recommend using cutting boards, trivets and hot pads while preparing meals. Quartz is very durable, but remember that any material can be damaged if not cared for properly."

-Natura Quartz

Will quartz countertops stain? 

"The hard surface of Quartz is non-porous and very resistant to staining, even better than marble.  Quartz counters can resist oil, coffee, wine, juice and most other common kitchen spills. It is not 100% stain resistant though and is susceptible to stains from solvents, sodium hydroxide, and permanent markers."

-Graniterra

What are the advantages of Granite Countertops? 

"Maintenance free, non-porous, requires no sealing, food safe, large color selection, stain resistant, scratch and chip resistant."

-Contour Countertops

Top 10 Quotes from Your Favorite HGTV Stars

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From house searches to home renovations, there is something on HGTV for everyone to love. Each talented host brings a different spin and inspiration to home and garden television. 

Below are 10 of our favorite lines from some of the most popular HGTV stars.

Jillian Harris, Love It or List It Too

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"I am always a disaster. I have dents in my car, I lose a pair of sunglasses a week, I can't find my Visa at the moment, sometimes I drink cold coffee that I left in the car from the day before. I just don't take pictures of that stuff... but trust me, it's not picture perfect!"

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Chip Gaines, Fixer Upper

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"Some advice from a beginner: never judge your full potential based on your first run."

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J.D. Scott, The Property Brothers

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"In a lifetime, if we are truly lucky, we meet that special somebody who fits us perfectly, the person whose weird matches ours completely."

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Tarek El Moussa, Flip or Flop

“Even though you can't see the light at the bottom it still exists and as time goes on that light starts to shine. Once that light starts to shine take the opportunity to reevaluate who you are and what you want to be. Take it as an opportunity to bounce back and be stronger than ever.”

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Hilary Farr, Love It or List It

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"If you have unfinished space, finish it. Use it for that extra storage you're missing. Whatever the 'it' is, you're creating bonus extra square footage."

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Joanna Gaines, Fixer Upper

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“I mean, is there anyone who could possible imagine that the way to get to your life's calling would be to marry a guy who showed up an hour and a half late to your first date and then to let that man talk you into opening your own small business in the first year of marriage?”

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Ben Napier, Home Town

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"It's amazing the energy you get with 20 minutes of sleep and a strong cup of coffee. Of course, falling in love helps with that also."

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Genevieve Gorder, Trading Spaces

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"Design can have such a positive impact on the way people live and on their relationships and moods."

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Nicole Curtis, Rehab Addict

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"That moment when you think you just can't take it anymore, that's the moment to rejoice as that is when your body & mind grow stronger to carry you through."

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Drew Scott, The Property Brothers

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"The first step in bringing an idea to life is putting pen to paper."

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Heated Countertops? That’s the Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Heard

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I have always loved heated floors. There is something so soothing about stepping out of a long shower all cold and wet onto a warm tiled floor. I don’t personally own this everyday luxury, but whenever I am staying somewhere that has heated bathroom floors, I feel like royalty.

About a year ago, I heard about the latest big trend in luxury homes: heated countertops. People are actually adding heat to their countertops. How ridiculous is that? It’s not like a surface that you stand or sit on, so what’s the point?  There isn't any reason why someone would want heated counters.

I was wrong.

A few months later, I was at my boss’s house for a Christmas party and he was showing everyone his newly renovated kitchen which includes, you guessed it, heated countertops. He explained that he and his wife just added heat to half of the kitchen island where the bar stools are located. The other half of the island stayed the normal temperature.

Everyone was talking about this at the party. The difference between the warm half of the countertop and the cold half was very noticeable. And to be honest, preferable. It was so natural to want to lean on the warmer side versus the cold granite on the other.

When I went home that night, I sat at my own kitchen island which is made of quartz and I realized just how cold my countertop felt. It never even occurred to me how much more I would enjoy sitting at the island in the winter if the stone wasn’t so freezing on my arms.

By the start of the new year, I had given in. I decided to copy my boss and add heat to my countertop overhang. Since then, I have been telling everyone about it.

“That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,” is a common response I get. I always laugh and agree that while heated countertops may not be a necessity, it is by far one of the best things that I’ve ever bought for my home.

I will add that almost everyone who has made fun of me for heating my countertop has changed their mind when they come over and actually feel the noticeable difference. I guess it's one of those you-won't-believe-it-until-you-see-it kind of things. 

-Submitted by a FeelsWarm customer in 2018