10 Must Have Luxury Home Features
The smell of cookies baking, the sound of Fido barking at the door, we all have our opinions on what makes a house a home. But what makes a home luxurious? And how does your home stack up? We have compiled a list of 10 commonly demanded Luxury Home features.
1. The Grand Entryway
A two-story grand entryway is an essential impression-making feature of a luxurious home. Entering a home with vaulted ceilings and a spiral staircase leading to a welcoming foyer on the second floor projects abundance and comfort.
2. The Tech
Our ability to connect and control our homes from our smart phones is constantly expanding. Smart home technology has become standard in the luxury home. High-tech security systems, custom HVAC zones, touchpads for lighting, locking your doors- you name it and it can probably be controlled at your finger tips. Do you want to close the curtains and warm up the floors in the bathroom before you get home and climb into the spa? If you have a luxury home, you should be able to do it. How about being alerted of unexpected motion in your home and a live video stream through you phone? There’s an app for that.
3. The Commercial-Grade Kitchen
Extravagant living requires a kitchen that can keep up with you. A commercial grade kitchen should include warming draws, a wine fridge, and restaurant quality appliances. A separate catering kitchen that includes a butler’s pantry and a walk-in refrigerator is also ideal. These amenities fully equip you for your family dinner or your New Years bash.
4. The Outdoor Kitchen and Pool Area
San Diegans live outside, that’s why a luxury southern California home needs a cozy outdoor kitchen and cooking area.
The ideal outdoor kitchen should include a built-in gas grill, a stainless sink and food prep area, a small fridge for food and drink storage, and plenty of comfortable patio seating space for entertaining.
A large waterfall pool with a state-of-the-art filtration system and a beautiful view are also a must.
The American Society of Landscape Architects report the sustainable and low-maintenance designs are trending in luxury markets. Sustainable features include permeable paving and drought tolerant plants with water efficient irrigation.
We always hear about the importance of location. It is never more important than with a luxury home.
Security and privacy are an inherent part of a home with real value. Tree-lined and secluded, or large and hillside lots provide natural barriers or gated entries that give peace of mind and privacy. Golf course lots are many times too public to really provide that level of luxury.
6. Game and Theater Room
The current state of gaming and theater means never having to leave your home when you want an exciting and comfortable evening of entertainment.
The perfect theater should have 8-10 comfortable recliners, surround sound, and the larger the screen the better.
7. Customized Rooms
An indoor gym, his and her offices and closets, a wine room an guest quarters are all custom and unique parts of an individuals luxury home.
Fitness rooms that include weightlifting and treadmills as well as space for private yoga and pilates instruction are an important feature to maintaining your health. And when fitted with professional sound systems, televisions, and a sauna, your home gym doesn’t feel like home.
Office space that can accommodate your career needs is also mandatory today. Depending on the age of your children, space may at times be allocated to teen rooms for entertaining friends or playing video games.
8. The Master Suite
Luxury begins at your most private sanctuary – the bedroom. Luxury bedrooms are master suites; a full-sized apartment within the home. When we spend so much time in our bedrooms, it is imperative that the suite be a large and open space.
The aforementioned automation systems for lighting, security, remote control window shades and climate control are a list of basic requirements, but it also should include:
9. The Spa Bathroom
Opulent travel and vacation often takes us to some of the world’s best spas and hotels. Why can’t we recreate this at home? Spa-like amenities in our bathrooms can and should be a part of your luxury home.
A walk-in shower with head-to-toe jets and steam controls, floors with radiant heat, towel warmers, and of course a huge soaker tub should all be standard features of your luxury bathroom.
10. The Dressing Room –Space and Comfort
Extending the layout of the bedroom should be the dressing room. Large, well-lit spaces to display and organize your wardrobe is a must. The shelving should be made of Cedar wood to deter pests. In addition, you need racks to display shoes, purses and neckties, plenty of mirrors and an area to apply makeup.
Architects say that master suite closets can rival the cost of a kitchen. Luxurious cabinetry, sound systems, office nooks and reading areas are being included in many custom builds. Skylights and large windows have also become a major part of closet design, increasing the natural lighting and opening up the closet to scenic views.
So, how does your home stack up to this list? Does your home have these 10 features? Does your home include something that we missed? Please leave your thoughts below.