Today’s homeowners are looking for luxurious, welcoming houses that combine a variety of elements for relaxing, entertaining and interacting with their families and friends. Many home buyers are now looking for luxury must-haves that transform a house into their sanctuary as well as a gathering place. While the wish lists for luxury homes varies from one person to the other, there are several recurring themes you can find that are also in full force when you visit display homes. The top five include:
1. Home Theatre Systems For Film And TV Fans
The days of popping in a DVD and watching on your television set in the living room are long gone for those investing in luxury homes. Every year more people invest in home theatre systems or screening rooms so that they can enjoy relaxing in the total movie experience at home. Oversized screens, blue-ray systems, surround sound, noise baffling and comfortable club chairs or recliners are all part of the cocooning experience for film buffs, and they aren’t afraid to pay extra to get it.
2. Alfresco Areas For Dining And Entertaining
Alfresco entertaining used to mean throwing something on a charcoal grille and eating at a picnic table. But today’s luxury houses offer impressive, indoor/outdoor amenities that elevate outdoor activities to the level of art. Built-in gas grilles, outdoor wet bars, raked ceilings that shelter the dining area and beautifully landscaped gardens for clusters of seating areas are all part of the package in many high-end display homes. Many alfresco dining rooms are integrated with indoor living spaces with sliding doors or movable glass panels for a spacious feeling that ties the two spaces together visually even when you’re inside your home.
3. Master Suites In Luxury Homes Become Havens
When you’re touring local display homes in your area, you’ll notice that the size and complexity of master suites have grown in recent years. While they were once considered delightful extras, master suites are a must-have for anyone buying or building a high-end home. There are several specific features that turn these master bedrooms into havens for the homeowners. Oversized robes adjoining spa-like bathrooms make getting ready in the morning or unwinding in the evening easier. Look for double vanity sinks, soaking tubs and separate showers with multiple showerheads in any en suite bathroom. The bedroom space has also evolved, becoming not only a place to sleep, but a place to read, have conversations or simply relax in quiet surroundings. Rooms large enough to accommodate a reading nook or seating area give parents a retreat within their luxury homes.
4. Gourmet Kitchens Help Homeowners Entertain
More homeowners than ever are turning to cooking for relaxation and entertainment as well as simple sustenance. Oversized, gourmet kitchens usually feature a central island for prepping that can also accommodate family for informal meals. Kitchens now feature stainless steel appliances, gourmet quality ovens and stoves, warming drawers and attached pantries for storing a wide variety of food staples. Many also feature wine coolers, wine racks or other touches that can help elevate a meal into an event. High end finishes such as granite or quartz countertops add a luxurious, natural touch to these functional rooms.
5. Children’s Wings Give Them Room To Play
Many newer, luxury homes now feature an activity room or games room for the children that is attached to their bedrooms and separate from the main entertaining and relaxing areas such as the living room and dining room. Take a look at model houses featuring these mini wings and you’ll quickly understand their popularity. Children’s toys and gaming systems can be corralled easily and are no longer scattered throughout the house, and everyone gets a bit of privacy. As children grow older, these bonus rooms can evolve with them, becoming music rooms, exercise rooms or whatever they desire.
If you’re planning your next home purchase or you simply want to see what’s popular in today’s luxury homes, visit several display homes in your area to see some stunning examples of what today’s home buyers consider “must haves” to turn there next house into their dream home.