Then & Now: Advancements in Homes That You Didn’t Have Growing Up

There is no denying that technology has been changing our lives as each new advancement is introduced. Sometimes it can even be hard to remember what life was like before the luxury of modern technology.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see the difference between home appliances back then compared to now.

Ovens Then

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Ovens Now

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Countertops Then

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Countertops Now

Showers Then

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Showers Now

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Microwaves Then

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Microwaves Now

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Toilets Then

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Toilets Now

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Refrigerators Then

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Refrigerators Now

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Dishwashers Then

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Dishwashers Now

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Did any of these throwback photos make you feel nostalgic? It sure makes you wonder where the next 20 years will take us.

 

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Building an Outdoor Patio? Here Are 10 Features You’ll Want to Include

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Take your warm-weather living to the next level with these 10 luxurious outdoor patio ideas. 

Bougainvillea & Tiles

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To make the seating area feel like its own nook on a larger patio, lay down some tiles that make it stand out.

Heated Countertops

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For those chillier evenings, heated countertops will make your outdoor space feel cozy. Perfect for stone bars, pool areas & patio dining, guests can enjoy leaning on a warm granite surface all year round.

A Glowing Pergola

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This sturdy wood pergola is shaded to perfection, and has just the right amount of fiery charm. The concrete slabs form a minimalist backdrop to the sleek lines of the modern outdoor furnishings.

Water Features

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If you’re not able to include a large stream or pond throughout your yard, consider designing a shallow, more controlled stream to run along the edges of your backyard instead. Click here to see more outdoor water feature ideas.

Small seating area

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No matter what size space you’re working with, there is always room for welcoming seating. The above photo shows a metal-framed daybed sitting on a small patio next to the homeowners’ back deck.

Patio Pit

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What is a patio without a flagstone fire pit? Adding fire to a patio is one of the best ways to get people to gather around and enjoy conversation. Typically used in cooler weather, a fire pit can be used during those long, summer nights to get kids gathered around and make s’mores.

Fireplace

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Better yet, why not make the upgrade to a luxurious outdoor fireplace instead? Your home will feel like it has doubled in size with a patio like this.

Outdoor TV

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If you’re someone who loves to entertain, then a T.V. is a must have. It not only adds luxury to your outdoor space, but it allows your guests to come together for a unique viewing experience.

Built-In Seating

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Including built-in seating, like this stucco sectional, will make your patio feel homey and welcoming.

Enclosed Setting

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This patio is located away from the house, surrounded by colorful landscaping and shaded by trees. A short wall provides a sense of enclosure.

Which of these features are you most likely to include in your own outdoor patio renovation? Share more ideas with us on Instagram & Pinterest!

The 10 Best HGTV Shows You Should Be Watching Right Now

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Wondering what you should watch on HGTV? Or maybe you are already an avid HGTV watcher and simply can’t decide which show is best. Either way, we think our list of the current best HGTV shows to watch in 2019 will help you out. 

10)  Good Bones

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Mother and daughter duo Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak set out to revitalize their hometown of Indianapolis one property at a time. Buying run-down homes and transforming them into stunning urban remodels, these ladies make the cut for one of the best duos on HGTV.

09)  Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation

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Families who achieved their dreams of buying an affordable vacation home are now tasked with the tough job of turning it into the relaxing oasis they envisioned when they purchased it. This show proves that with a little imagination and a lot of muscle, you can create your own home away from home.

08)  Love It or List It

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When a house no longer feels like home, homeowners are left with a big financial and emotional question: renovate or sell it? Love It or List It, along with its spin-off Love It or List It Too, provides humor and banter as they help fed-up homeowners decide.

07)  Tiny House Big Living

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Couples learn what it really means to downsize when they take the plunge into the tiny house real estate market. At an average size of only 180 square feet, we love watching as clients decide to build these tiny homes all by themselves and follow through with living in such a tight space.

06)  Ellen’s Design Challenge

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Anyone who says they don’t love Ellen DeGeneres is most likely not telling the truth. Watch as she puts eight furniture designers to the test when they come to Los Angeles to compete in various challenges designing and building amazing furniture creations. With a workshop, a lead carpenter and all the tools they need, the contestants are tasked with a new build each episode.

05)  Brother vs. Brother

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If you’ve ever seen Property Brothers, then you obviously recognize this talented set of twins. Watch as these two brothers go head to head in a battle to renovate Las Vegas investment properties. The brother with the biggest return on investment wins bragging rights — and the loser is on the hook to complete a humiliating dare. 

4)  House Hunters

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One of the more obvious selections for this list, House Hunters takes viewers behind the scenes as individuals, couples and families learn what to look for and decide whether or not a home is meant for them. Focusing on the emotional experience of finding and purchasing a new home, each episode shows the process as buyers search for a home.

3)  House Hunters International

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The decision to choose House Hunters International over House Hunter Renovation or Tiny House Hunters was not an easy one. You’ll enjoy viewing all sorts of architectural styles, designs and decisions from around the world in this mesmerizing take on home searching. In any language, home buying is an emotional experience.

2)  Flip or Flop

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While the couple may not be together anymore, the show must go on. Tarek and Christina have viewers on the edge of their seats as they purchase ramshackle properties for cash, sometimes sight unseen, and then renovate and flip them for resale. We love this show because it keeps us locked in until the very end.

1)  Fixer Upper

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Finally, while the series is technically no longer airing new episodes, we couldn’t resist honoring Fixer Upper as number one on HGTV. No one can beat the chemistry, humor and talent of Chip & Joanna Gaines in this ultimate home renovation show. You can go back and watch any episode you may have missed at HGTV.com.

Fun Fact: FeelsWarm heated countertops were featured in a Fixer Upper house of season 3!

So there’s our depiction of the top 10 HGTV shows to watch today. Do you agree or disagree with this list?

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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

Custom Home Idea: 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

Custom Home Idea: Mudroom Maximum Storage

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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

Custom Home Idea: 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

Custom Home Idea: Heated Bathroom 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

Custom Home Idea: Built-In Closet Storage

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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

Custom Home Idea: 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

Custom Home Idea: Smart 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

Custom Home Idea: Staircase Storage

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

Bonus Cupboards

Custom Home Idea: Bonus Cupboards

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

Heated Countertops

Custom Home Idea: Heated Countertop Overhang

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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

Custom Home Idea: 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!

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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!