Modern luxury homes have several popular features, some new and tech-driven, and others appearing as a resurgence from the past. People value the lifestyle a custom home offers more than ever, and these new features are what can stand out and elevate your luxury home to the next level.
Take a look below at six of the most popular luxury home feature requests that we get from our clients.
1. Rounded Drywall Corners
Average homes normally have typical square drywall corners, so these are commonly found and recognized in most houses and buildings in general. Rounded corners (bullnose) are making a resurgence and becoming increasingly more popular for modern luxury home builds. They add an appealing architectural design that isn’t seen as often, making them a nice feature to set your home apart in a subtle way.
The decision to use rounded or squared corners normally comes from a combination of regional preferences, as well as the time the home was built. Rounded corners used to be a common feature for high-end homes built in the early 1900s, and are also found fairly often on the West coast. Now they’re making a resurgence, and have become one of the most popular features to add for a new home build.
Rounded corners give rooms a soft appearance, and generally get less wear & tear than their squared counterparts. One of the main downsides of this feature is that it makes the painting a tougher process – which you won’t have to worry about if you’re using custom builders for your dream home. If you want this feature, it’s a good idea to include it as part of your new home build instead of retrofitting existing 90-degree corners, as it’s quite a time-consuming process.
2. Amish Cabinetry
Amish Cabinets are one of the most requested home features we get for new luxury home builds. Typical cabinets can tend to have a ‘cookie-cutter’ look, and simply can’t compare to the unique craftsmanship that comes from a custom handmade design.
The beauty is in the details, which is where Amish cabinetry really makes a difference. Instead of searching for cabinets to fit into your space, these custom cabinets are made to match your home features and aesthetics, giving a beautiful sense of cohesion that you’ll definitely notice. These handcrafted cabinets are known for their high quality and durability, as Amish craftsmen carefully select quality hardwoods based on their strength and grain patterns. This results in a beautiful high end completed work that’s made to last for generations.
3. Outdoor Living Areas
Outdoor spaces are becoming more popular and are one of the best ways to add some extra space and variety to your home. Recent statistics show that many homeowners spend increasingly more time entertaining outside than inside, especially during these current times. This is where features such as an outdoor kitchen and exterior fireplace add a touch of luxury and wonderful functionality at the same time.
There’s nothing like having a get-together in a custom build outside setting, which is where features like an outdoor kitchen really shine. An outdoor gathering has a unique ambiance that makes the perfect setting for an unforgettable evening with friends and family. When temperatures start to drop, one of the difficulties homeowners experience is staying warm outdoors. This is why exterior fireplaces have become a popular addition to custom homes.
An outdoor fireplace is a nice touch to an outdoor living area, with a perfect combination of form and function. The added warmth on a cold nice is an obvious plus. This is elevated by the lovely ambiance that a crackling fire brings, allowing you to host outdoor dinners throughout the year. These outdoor home luxuries go a long way towards elevating the exterior of your home while adding to the value as these features become more sought after.
4. Home Gyms
Working out at home is pretty common; a combination of widely available fitness gear and the current conditions. because of the various fitness equipment available. Now there’s a wide variety and price range of home fitness gear, so people are ditching the drive to the gym more and more often.
The benefits of a home gym are straightforward. Eliminating the drive to the gym is an obvious plus, and in these current times, people would prefer to exercise in the comfort of their home instead of sharing a space with others. It’s also a nice touch to add a sound system or television to provide workout entertainment, or to put on your favorite instructional videos.
Typical home gyms are usually situated somewhere in the garage or in a spare room, but if you’re serious about your exercise routine, having a specific home gym area can be both inspiring and convenient to actually achieve your fitness goals. It’s easier to keep your gear available and ready to use while avoiding the annoyance of keeping space free in the garage, or having to move cars around every time you want to work out.
5. Steam Showers
Steam showers are becoming a popular addition to new luxury homes as more people learn about them, and makes a particularly nice combination with a home gym to wind down after a workout. This technology was formerly reserved for sauna visits, but now luxury homes can have a full spa bathroom experience.
Steam showers are a wonderful high end addition to help you relax and replenish yourself after a long day. These showers come in many different forms, and can even fit into a regular glass shower enclosure, while the mechanical parts are hidden away. Since this type of steam shower doesn’t take up much space, you can easily fit a steam shower and a full bathtub into the same space. If you’re concerned with keeping your home green and eco-friendly, steam showers are a perfect addition to your spa bathroom, since they use relatively little water (since it’s converted to steam), making the electricity used the biggest resource involved.
6. Walk In Closets
While a walk in closet isn’t a groundbreaking idea, they can be taken to the next level and outfitted into an entire wardrobe and dressing room to make a truly luxurious home. These usually include common features such as shelving and clothes racks, but high-end walk-in closets can go above and beyond with additions such as shoe display racks, multiple mirrors, special lighting, purse & tie holders, and more. Closets are one of the most used yet most often forgotten parts of the home, so it’s important to make sure that it’s customized to your needs when planning your new luxury home build.
This is only a brief list of our commonly requested features for new luxury homes. What’s your favorite feature? Let us know what you’d like to have in your dream home in the comments below. If you’re ready to start on your own custom home build, use our online home builder, or contact us here to talk with our team.