When designing your luxury home, the devil is in the details, so they say, and the details can make your new abode go from a quality home to luxurious estate. Consider these five luxury home design features to add value in more ways than one to your home’s architectural style and your family’s lifestyle and location.
- Wine Cellar
- Butler’s Pantry – Scullery – Messy Kitchen
- Media Room
- Casino/Game Room
- Outdoor Kitchen
Not-to-Miss Luxury Home Features
Kitchens are often a huge chunk of your overall budget when designing your luxury home, but never overlooked for style and luxury. Sure, you want marble countertops with waterfall sides, top of the line cabinets, and glitzy lighting; but why stop there?
1. Wine Cellar
If you love to collect and serve wine, consider a wine cellar. Even if it is small, a wine cellar is a luxurious addition that will impress guests and preserve your precious bottles for ages to come. As you consider installing a wine cellar, be sure to use a professional who specializes in building these rooms.
2. Butler’s Pantry – Scullery – Messy Kitchen
If you often entertain, a butler’s pantry will provide the storage and elegant location to stage your meals to present a grand dinnertime entrance. A butler’s pantry is primarily matched to your kitchen with countertops and cabinetry and is a place to hold your linens, good silverware, and best china. It is also where you would set up your food presentations to wow your guests to enter with each course.
Scullery or Messy Kitchen
A scullery is as opulent as a butler’s pantry is useful. A scullery or Messy Kitchen is primarily a staging area for anything you do not want to be displayed, especially dirty dishes. As you may know, a scullery maid’s job is similar to a modern-day dishwasher. The scullery, named after its maid, is where the dirty dishes would be, and used trays, partially eaten cakes, etc. A scullery is to store everything the butler’s pantry does not so the actual kitchen can remain spotless for your guests.
If you love to entertain, your luxury home is sure to be a neighborhood favorite if your entertaining spaces are well thought out.
3. Media Room
If you often entertain teens, a media room, or a luxury theater room is sure to impress. Equipped with state-of-the-art cinema equipment (including a power screen and projector), video game consoles, ample seating, and a concession kitchen, it won’t just be teens enjoying the room! Whether considered luxurious or necessary, it is vital to look into damping and soundproofing this room.
A popular article in The New York Times about the journey in Soundproofing against New York Noise, 12/11/2015
4. Casino/Game Room
One other way to add luxury to your entertainment is to add a casino or game room. Casinos are known for luxurious entertainment, and you could be the only one on the block. A top of the line poker table is just the start. Arcades or pinball machines.
Whatever entertainment area you plan, always consider adding a wet bar and fireplace. Having drinks and snacks handy helps the host and makes access easier for the guests as well. A crackling fire inside and fresh snowfall outside provides a feeling of luxury and comfort.
5. Outdoor Kitchen
An outdoor kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances and concrete countertops is the ultimate in opulence for entertaining. Fully plumbed sinks, rotisserie grills, and posh seating completes the eating area, but you can’t stop there!
Designer fire pits, extravagant pools, and over-the-top saunas are all the rage, and the sky’s the limit.
Luxury doesn’t only mean extras. You can add luxury to useful spaces as well. Consider adding a home office that is as luxurious as it is purposeful. A home library or den is also a welcoming space to work, study, or get away from the home’s hustle. Filled with leather-bound books and beautiful seating, guests and family alike will relish the luxury.
When you are designing your luxury home, always be sure to consider your outdoor spaces. It starts with luxury outdoor seating, beautiful turf, and colorful landscape, but luxury goes beyond flowers and fauna.
Hopefully, these options have started to direct your thinking toward the many design extras you will want to consider as you design your luxury home. Finding the perfect balance between luxury and extravagance is now up to you.