If you own a home in the Hudson Valley, it's a sure bet that you've dreamed of having one of these.

We've all been there. It's the day of that big snow storm and you stress out wondering how you're going to clear off your driveway. Using a shovel is back breaking work, and trying to keep up with fast falling snow can take up your entire day.

If you're lucky and own a snow blower, you pray that you remembered to buy gas and pray even harder that it will actually start when you want it to. Maneuvering that heavy piece of machinery around your driveway isn't so much fun, especially when the wind quickly changes and whips that cold snow right back in your face.

Opting for a plow service may be a good choice, but that driver never seems to make it to your house before you have to leave, leaving you trapped inside until he finally decides to show up hours after the snow has fallen.

It's on days like today when I find myself dreaming of a heated driveway. Believe it or not, they do exist. Hot water is pumped under your slab, warming the surface and melting the snow on contact. From what I've seen, it really works too.

A luxury like this, however, seems like something only the very rich and wealthy could afford. I tried to search for prices online, but they weren't easily found. It's most likely one of those situations where if you have to ask how expensive it is, you probably can't afford it.

But it sure is something to dream about... as the snow flies in my face and my snow blower loudly laughs at me.