Popular Elements of Luxury Home Plans
When looking to buy or sell a luxury home, it helps to familiarize yourself with the elements commonly included in today’s luxury home plans. By “plan,” here, we mean the total layout of the property, both interior and exterior, from the rooms included in the floor plan to luxury amenities and even the landscaping and location.
When you decide to sell your luxury home, you want to be aware of the features that buyers in this market have come to expect; and when you are in the market to buy a luxury home, an overview of luxury features commonly available will give you a good starting point for determining what to put on your “must-have” and “should-have” lists.
Below, we look briefly at six elements of luxury home plans that can make/break a sale:
1. Location, Landscaping, and Exterior
Secluded, woodland hills, a lakefront or beachfront lot, proximity to a golf course, central business district, or desirable school district, and panoramic views of the surrounding city or countryside, can all be part of the overall “plan” of a luxury property.
In some cases, an expansive, over-sized lot is a requirement for a luxury home. But even for smaller luxury lots, meticulously manicured landscaping is a must. A garden with well-placed shade trees and shrubs, bamboo thickets that act as “privacy walls,” attractive rock piles that complement the greenery, colored mulches, and stone/brick walking paths are all common landscaping features.
The home’s exterior architecture might be that of a quaint, European cottage, an imposing mansion with drastic rises and falls, or a Texas-style ranch house that blends rugged beauty with upscale materials and workmanship in unique ways. An outdoor luxury-level pool and jacuzzi, majestic fountains, a backyard tennis court, and other outdoor amenities will complete the feeling of luxury.
2. Overall Interior Floor Plan and Design
The “curb appeal” of a luxury home can be a foretaste of what lies inside, but the floor plan should be spacious, with open areas and rooms that flow into one another. Winding, decorative staircases, and/or private elevators should connect floors.
Lighting should be abundant and poised at angles that reduce glare without sacrificing brilliance. Energy-saving LED lights, sleek, modern-looking fixtures, numerous sky lights, floor-to-ceiling windows that cover entire walls, and mirrors to spread light and make rooms seem even larger than they really are, are all common in luxury homes.
Additionally, the outdoor and indoor sections of the home should blend together seamlessly. Verandas with stunning views, finished garages with brick flooring, a spare bedroom, and walk-out outdoor barbecue area with quick access to the kitchen are all ways to accomplish the integration of indoor/outdoor living.
3. A Gourmet Kitchen With “Accessory Rooms”
A luxury style kitchen will be spacious to walk in and yet packed with all the most advanced appliances and custom-made cabinetry and abundant counter space. It should be well lit with good ventilation and outfitted with a large, walk-in pantry.
Oftentimes, there will be a stairwell leading directly from kitchen to wine cellar, while other times, a special wine refrigerator or a full, climate-controlled wine room will be used. A nearby “morning room” for casual dining, an adjacent formal dining room for entertaining guests, and the indispensable butler’s pantry are all accessory rooms.
4. Spa-style Bathrooms
Many luxury home owners are accustomed to travel in world-famous resorts, and when they return home, they want to bring the spa home with them.
This may involve amenities like steam showers, over-sized, sunken bathtubs to soak in, heated tile floors, touches of natural wood and stone to add ambiance, towel warmers, a heated toilet seat, a skylight, or even a built-in fireplace.
The bathroom becomes a retreat where one can relax and recoup from the pressures of daily life.
5. A Master Suite and Designer Dressing Room
In luxury homes, master bedrooms are virtually self-contained “apartments” that function as full living quarters rather than simply a place to sleep. They have their own waiting rooms, full entertainment systems, abundant open space, separate spa bathrooms, private walk-out verandas, and (of course) a large, luxurious bed.
One of the biggest recent trends in luxury bedrooms is the “designer” dressing room. This is much more than a simple walk-in closet. It is a room all in its own, with outdoor windows, light-up clothing rods/shoe racks, glass display cases, ornate cabinetry, and lounge seating.
6. Numerous “Non-essential” Rooms
What we mentioned above does not even begin to fully cover the plethora of room-types found in luxury homes. Other common rooms include:
- Home theaters, with cushioned seats, move-style screens, and professional popcorn machines.
- Game rooms, with find pool tables, arcades, karaoke, ping pong, large gaming console set-ups, and more.
- A home gym/exercise room. Typically near the master suite, it will be stocked with high-end equipment, an elaborate sound system, a flatscreen TV, and sometimes an indoor track and/or lap pool.
- A conservatory, or “transition zone” between indoor and outdoor with a nice place to relax or entertain guests.
- Luggage rooms, which are convenient for frequent travelers who want a special place to store a large assortment of luggage.
- A private library, located in a quiet end of the home; well lit, furnished, and equipped with a collection or rare/interesting books.
- A music room, with a high ceiling, where a grand piano and other instruments are stored.
Learning all you can about the layout and plan of luxury homes, along with the advice of an experienced luxury real estate agent, will greatly assist you in selling/buying your next luxury property.