Upscale buyers are â€œgoing back and doing more work on their homes,â€ says Paul
Boomsma, president of Luxury Portfolio International in Chicago. "These [home
owners] don't necessarily need more square footage, but they are feeling the
want to update and increase the finish of their home."
Luxury Portfolio International and home designers helped to identify some of
the following popular luxury amenities in todayâ€™s high-end homes:
- Wet rooms: These rooms boast multiple types of showerheads,
a steam feature, and a bench to sit or lie down.
- Infinity pools: These seemingly endless pools are often
being combined with a fire feature â€” such as standing urns â€” that reflects on
the water at night.
- Media centers: High-end media centers that include
comfortable seating, high-def TVs, cameras for videoconferencing, and digitally
controlled sound systems are being topped off with extra amenities like a wet
bar, small catering kitchen, and a refrigerator.
- Wood finishes: More high-end homes are paying careful
attention to grain patterns for wood finishes for a more consistent look and
focusing on elaborate staining processes that may include up to eight steps.
- Wine cellar: Itâ€™s "more than just a closet with wine in it
â€” itâ€™s an intimate entertaining space," says Malcolm Morris, an architect and
owner of MDM Development Architecture, based in Chicago. "Some are in the style
of a castle grotto with stone and wood and a little table to have dessert, even
within the wine cellar. The lack of windows increases the level of intimacy."
Source: â€œEight Popular Amenities for High-End Homes,â€ 24/7 Wall St.
(Dec. 23, 2012)