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THE LUXURIES YOU SHOULD HAVE IN YOUR HOME (AND WHY)

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By Highmark Builders Team |

Are you building a new home or planning to remodel your current one? Now is a perfect time to consider adding some luxurious things to your home.

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You’ve been saving up and now it is time to splurge. There are some add ons you shouldn’t pass up. Add ons look great, make life easier, and have a nice return on investment. Here are some of the best luxurious options to consider for your new home design.

Central Vac

This is a must have for neat freaks. You simply attach a light weight hose to one of your many ports and you are good to go. On average, a central vac costs around $1,500 to $2,500 to purchase and install.

Why?

This built-in vacuuming system has five times the sucking power of a normal vacuum cleaner. This is essential for an easy-to-clean home and a huge relief for allergy sufferers. You will never have to lug around your heavy vacuum again.

 

Steam Shower

Steam has a lot of health benefits, and it is soothing and purifying. Installing a steam shower requires a generator, an air tight space, and a bathroom fan to get rid of the humidity. This sauna-like shower will cost you anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000.

Why?

This is a great way to open up your pores, relieve sore muscles, and clear your sinuses. Bring the spa experience to your home with a steam shower. Your body will thank you.

 

Heated Floors… Especially in the Bathroom!

You don’t understand how amazing heated floors are until you have them and then you stay at a place that doesn’t. These thermostat-controlled mats under your tile add quite the luxurious touch to your home. Your guests will notice, too. Hydronic radiant floor heating costs around $6 to $16 dollars per square foot. Electric radiant floor heating is around $13 to $20 per square foot.

Why?

No one likes walking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and walking across a freezing cold floor.

 

Electrostatic Filters

These filters are installed into your existing HVAC ductwork. It usually costs around $600 to $1,000. There are no filters to replace.

Why?

These filters remove tiny debris from the air, such as smoke, dust mites, and pollen. This means a healthier home that requires less dusting! It pays for itself over time.

 

Towel Warming Drawer

This can go into your cabinetry and pop out warm towels for when you’re done bathing. This can be a pretty expensive luxury costing, anywhere from $1,700 to $3,400.

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Why?

Warm towels are the best thing ever. Once you have this luxury, bathing will never be the same. It’s also a big “wow” factor your guests won’t forget.

 

Skylights

Light up your home the natural way with skylights. The roof windows allow you to add light in places that might not be able to have windows, like hallways and closets. Skylights can cost anywhere from $500 to $3,500.

Why?

Sky lights give you light in hard to reach areas without breaking your bank. Keep in mind they can also help you save money on your electricity and heating bills.

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Smart Home Capabilities

Smart thermostats, like Nest, offer thermostat, cameras, and smoke alarms. Smart lighting options like Lutron lighting can save you up to 60% on your energy bills. The lights automatically turn off and on depending on unoccupied rooms. You can also create light settings for when you are home, away, entertaining, or going to bed.

Why?

You will get to control your entire home’s settings at the touch of a button, even while you are away from home. This smart technology allows you to save energy by customizing your heating, cooling, and electricity use.

 

Wine Cellar and Beer Dispenser

A luxury home has to have spaces for entertaining others. Some people like to have spaces designated for refreshments. A legit wine cellar will have temperature and humidity controls. Wine cellars can range from $3,000 to $20,000 depending on how much wine you have. As for beer dispensers, there are several types you can buy, ranging from $450 to $4,000.

Why?

Having the upscale beverage storage along with a custom bar will make your house the place to be. These are great items for wine and beer collectors/connoisseurs.

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Pool, Hot Tub, or Sauna

These three are common in luxury homes. Who needs to vacation when you have your own backyard getaway? Your kids will love spending all day in the pool and you’ll love relaxing in your hot tub at night. In-ground swimming pools cost around $20,000 on average. Hot tubs can range from $5,000 to $8,000, while saunas are about $5,000 to $12,000.

Why?

Pools are a great way to exercise without putting stress on your joints. Hot tubs increase circulation, help with arthritis, massage muscles, and help you sleep at night. Saunas can flush toxins out of your system, help you lose weight, and boost your immune system. Talk about a triple threat.

 

Media Rooms

Media rooms are an awesome addition to your home. Media rooms are a fantastic place to both entertain and relax. The cost of a media room depends on how fancy you want to get, and could include acoustic panels or a seating stage. It can range anywhere to $10,000 to $40,000.

Why?

Media rooms are a fantastic place to host parties, super bowls, and epic sleepovers. A home theater also increases your home value. You’ll never have to go to the movie theater again.

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Exercise Room

Don’t pay for a gym membership, bring the gym to your home. Rubber mats only cost about a $1 per foot, while full length mirrors only cost a couple hundred dollars. Then, the cost of gym equipment, TV, and/or music system is up to you and your budget.

Why?

We all know there are many health benefits from working out. With this, you won’t have to leave the house to get a gym-like workout. An exercise room can also increase your home’s value.

 

Built-In Storage Spaces

Custom built-ins store everyday objects, which make your rooms look gorgeous and organized. If you have three kids, have a bench in your mudroom with 3 separate spaces for them. Built-ins can range from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand dollars. It all depends on the size, the quality, and complexity of the built in.

Why?

Built-ins make the most of your square footage. They allow for maximum utilization and organization of spaces that would otherwise be wasted, like underneath your stairs.

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Quartzite Countertops

This natural stone is costly, but it is worth it. Since it is a natural stone, Quartzite doesn’t scratch or etch. It just needs occasional sealings. The high-end countertop starts around $100+ per square foot.

Why?

These countertops are popular because they are extremely durable yet elegant. They are well worth the investment.

 

Stainless Steel Appliances

Home seekers always want stainless steel appliances in those house hunting TV shows, don’t they? Be prepared to spend a pretty penny for these top-notch appliances. A package of basic stainless steel appliances starts at $2,400.

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Why?

Stainless steel appliances are a favorite because they are easy to maintain and have a long lifespan. They are also non-porous, germ resistant, and have a sleek appearance.

 

These are the most common luxury finishes we see as custom home builders and remodelers. Each high-end finish is unique, which is another benefit. Every single media room, built-in, and bar is custom. If you want any of these finishes in your new or current home, contact us today! Fill out a form with your ideas or give us a call at (952) 882-8904.