The owners of luxury homes enjoy access to a wide variety of features you don’t typically find in average properties. These parts of a luxury home will be tailored to the needs and interests of the inhabitants, but there are several features that are common in the majority of high-end residential properties. Here we look at the types of features you might expect to find in luxury homes.
A wine cellar is so much more than a space to store wine. A proper wine cellar in a luxury home will have a climate control system in place which maintains the temperature and humidity at perfect levels to keep the wine in the best condition. A wine cellar will typically, though not always, be accessed from the kitchen for the sake of ease by a staircase going down to the cellar. A luxury home will keep a well-stocked wine cellar with wines suitable for any occasion.
A games room in a luxury home might look like an arcade or a casino, depending on the style of the owner. You can typically expect a billiard table to feature in a luxury games room, as well as a foosball table, table tennis, or some casino-style games surfaces such as a poker table. A games room might also be equipped with arcade games, video games consoles, and gaming chairs. For a good atmosphere, a games room should also feature a sound system to play music while users are enjoying themselves.
A luxury home theatre will be fitted in a windowless room to give the feel of a darkened real movie theatre. One wall will be taken up entirely by an enormous screen, with a few rows of seats facing it. The seats in a home theatre are probably the most important parts of the room. They should be sumptuous and lavish so that the user can fully relax and be completely immersed in the experience. Chairs which recline and have places to store snacks and drinks are standard in luxury home theatres. They will also benefit from a high-quality surround sound system and be stocked with blankets and throws for people to snuggle up with.
Some luxury homes will have a dedicated spa area, while some might feature spa bathrooms. A home spa will commonly include a jacuzzi bath, a spacious rainfall shower, a sauna, and a steam room. These elements of a spa will allow the family to treat themselves without even having to leave their property. Spending time in saunas and steam rooms is not only relaxing, but it can also offer several benefits for your skin.
A bar is a vital element in the luxury home of people who like to entertain. The owners might man the bar themselves, or for special occasions hire staff to serve guests. A drinks bar will be equipped with wine fridges to keep alcohol chilled, and maybe an ice machine. A good selection of spirits and mixers is necessary in order to make a wide range of cocktails, as well as some fresh herbs and fruits for garnishing. Some shelves are an ideal place to showcase stylish drinks glasses. The bar itself should be positioned at around elbow height and will have a few bar stools tucked under it for people to hang out at the bar.
A private swimming pool is a sure sign of a luxury home. The bigger and more elaborate the pool, the more you can expect the home to be worth. Swimming pools are a great place to host pool parties or swim some laps as daily exercise. Swimming pools are a large expense to build and have very high running costs, which is why they tend to be a feature in properties of a high value. Many swimming pools in luxury homes get rarely used and instead simply provide an attractive background in the garden and work as a status symbol.
If a luxury home has large grounds, then you might find it has a dedicated tennis court or basketball court. This provides an ideal space for the owners to enjoy private exercise or play some games for fun. The court can be fitted with a multi-sports surface so that a number of sports can be played in the area.
Some luxury mansions might have grounds large enough to accommodate an entire 18 hole golf course, but even luxury homes with less acreage may still have a 9-hole golf course or a designated golf lawn or driving range for the owner to practice their swing. Golf lawns need to be well maintained, which will usually require the services of a full-time gardener. A private golf lawn in a luxury home affords the owner the space to get out and enjoy the outdoors without being watched.
A large luxury home might feature an indoor pool as well as an outdoor swimming pool. This allows the owners to continue their swimming regime even when the weather conditions are not ideal. Not all luxury homes have enough outdoor space to accommodate an outdoor swimming pool, such as city pads, and in this case, they might have an indoor pool so that they can still enjoy being in the water.
A bowling alley is a fun feature that some luxury homes have, and they provide a perfect place for children to let loose. A private bowling alley will also be a great setting for children to host birthday parties or to hang out with their friends. A bowling alley in a luxury home will usually have between two and four lanes so that several people can play at one time without it feeling too commercial. Bowling alleys are best suited to dark areas of the property, such as a basement so that the most can be made from neon lighting.
A home gym is something that is becoming more common in properties as people focus on health and self-improvement, and the cost of gym equipment is becoming more affordable. However, a gym in a luxury home will look quite different from the selection of weights an average person might have in their garage! A home gym can be completely designed around the needs and preferences of the owner and might feature running machines, weight machines, and a floor area for stretching. Many gyms in luxury homes will be the setting for personal training sessions.
Mansion-style homes often feature a lobby that looks like it belongs in a fancy hotel, with grand winding staircases and a spacious arrival area. As this is the first part of the home any visitors will see, the lobby will often display works of art and large bouquets of fresh flowers to make an impression. Luxury lobbies will typically have marble floors or tile floors that reflect light and are easy to clean, as well as giving an air of elegance and sophistication. They can also serve as a place to greet guests will drinks or canapes when entertaining or holding an event.
Walk-In Closet and Dressing Room
A walk-in closet and dressing room are a must-have in any luxury home. This room will be attached to the master bedroom and accessed via a door or hallway. In spite of technically being a storage space, it should be the size of a bedroom. This is the place where all clothing, shoes, and accessories of the owners will be meticulously organized so that they can see what they have and choose what to wear in the morning. It also provides an area for the users to get dressed in private and ensure the bedroom remains tidy and free of clutter. A closet and dressing room should also feature a full-length mirror and a dressing table for applying make-up and fixing hair.
One thing that many owners of luxury homes have is an interest in vehicles. For this reason, most luxury homes will have enormous car garages where their ‘toys’ can be safely stored.
If the owners of a luxury home have children, they will probably want an outdoor playing space so that the kids can enjoy themselves in the safety of their own backyard. The features of a children’s playground will vary depending on the age and interests of the child, but you could expect elaborate climbing frames, tree houses, swings, and slides.
Size and Space
One key element of luxury homes is that they are spacious, with more rooms than you would expect in the average home and larger room sizes. Luxury country properties will be more in scale with hotels, while luxury apartments are often larger than average family homes.
Luxury homes are usually equipped with any number of modern gadgets and high-tech features. This might include voice-operated lighting, security camera recordings, built-in speakers in each room, and intercom systems.