Your home is your safe place. A space for you to unwind, practice your hobbies, connect with your family, and reflect on your experiences. Unfortunately, with today’s market, finding a home that perfectly complements your lifestyle and needs can be a difficult venture. That’s why more and more homeowners are choosing to build a custom, luxury home than ever before. Although building a home from the ground up can seem like a scary venture, with the right team in place your work is minimized. However, one thing that you need to take control of during the process is determining which features you want to include in your luxury home. When you work with a reputable custom home builder, these luxury features will help your home stand out and give you everything you want and need. To make your outdoor space as impressive as the interior, consider adding some of these exterior features to your luxury home.
One of the most noticeable exterior features of a luxury home is the landscaping. A well-manicured lawn, trimmed hedges, and beautiful flowers can help you create a stunning first impression. You can add elegance and sophistication to your home by incorporating a water feature like a fountain or a pond. Furthermore, well-placed trees can provide privacy and shade to your outdoor living space, which is great if you don’t want to install a fence. Not only will landscaping help boost your curb appeal, but it can also help you create a more relaxing environment to enjoy your other exterior features. Consider adding natural elements such as rocks, stones, and timber in addition to a variety of plants, trees, and flowers for the biggest impact.
2. Private Gardens
In addition to incorporating key features of landscaping design, a private garden may be another excellent option to consider. This is especially alluring to homeowners who have a green thumb or who want to grow their own fruits and vegetables. You can create a peaceful and tranquil oasis with different plant species and walkways, an area for all your herbs and spices, and space to harvest your favorite vegetables. An outdoor bench or seating area can offer a place to sit and enjoy the scenery or read your favorite book. What’s more, a lush garden can be an excellent location for hosting small gatherings or events.
3. Swimming Pool and/or Hot Tub
An outdoor swimming pool is another thing to discuss with your luxury home builder. It not only provides a place to cool off during sweltering summer months but also adds an element of relaxation and luxury to your outdoor space. If you have a large yard, the swimming pool can be the centerpiece of your exterior features, providing you with plenty of space to relax or entertain. When designing your pool, consider adding additional luxury features such as waterfalls, ambient lighting, or, depending on location, using an infinity pool design. You can also choose from a variety of materials such as concrete, fiberglass, or natural stone to create a pool that complements the style of your home. For even more luxury, pair your outdoor pool with a built-in hot tub.
4. An Exterior Kitchen
An outdoor kitchen is an excellent feature for homeowners who love to entertain. It not only provides a convenient space for cooking but also adds value to your home. You can create an outdoor kitchen with a range of features such as a barbecue grill, sink, refrigerator, and stove. The best part is that it’s customizable based on your needs. Consider pairing your exterior kitchen with a dining area, bar, or even a pizza oven to create the ultimate outdoor cooking experience for your family and friends.
5. Ambient Lighting
Outdoor lighting is an often-overlooked way of enhancing the beauty of your custom home. Yet, with the right placement, outdoor lighting can transform your backyard and create a warm and inviting atmosphere. You can install accent lighting along the walkways and trees or use spotlights to highlight architectural features. Ambient exterior lighting can also provide safety and security around your property. Incorporate a mixture of fairy lights, spotlights, path lighting, and more to give yourself flexibility in setting the tone of each evening.
6. Spacious Deck or Patio
No luxury home would be complete without an extravagant deck or patio. Depending on the pitch of your home’s land, you could install either a deck or patio to create the perfect area for outdoor living and entertainment. You can choose from a variety of materials, including wood, concrete, or stone, depending on your style. A spacious deck or patio can then be decorated with outdoor furniture, plants, and lighting to create an inviting space that’s perfect for entertaining. To create the ultimate outdoor living space, consider incorporating lounge chairs and a sofa or an outdoor home theater for cozy movie nights under the stars.
7. Golf Course or Putting Green
If someone in your family is an avid golfer, consider adding a small golf course or putting green to your backyard space. This offers a perfect area to practice your game and alleviate some stress without having to drive to a course or join a club. Depending on the size of your yard, you can create as big or as small of a green as you need.
8. Tennis Court or Pickleball Court
A tennis court is another excellent addition for homeowners who love sports and fitness. It provides an opportunity for recreation and exercise while adding an element of luxury to your home. A tennis court can be designed to fit your property’s dimensions and can be complemented with lighting for evening games. Alternatively, a pickleball court is also a great option.
9. Bonfire Area
A bonfire area can add a cozy and inviting element to your outdoor living space. A well-designed bonfire area can include seating, lighting, and a fire pit. It can be an ideal location for roasting marshmallows or hosting small gatherings. Just make sure that you’re practicing proper fire safety when the fire is in use.
Adding one or more of these exterior features to your luxury home can enhance the beauty, value, and functionality of your property. With a range of options available, try to choose features that complement the vision and style of your home while supporting your lifestyle and needs. And, while planning the exterior is fun, don’t forget about the details that will enhance your luxury home’s interior. Some of the most popular options in recent years include a wine cellar, fitness studio, home office, spa-like bathrooms, home theater area, and a fully loaded kitchen. Top everything off with some smart technology and you’ll be ready start building the home of your dreams.
How to Choose a Luxury Home Builder
Regardless of what’s on your list, you’ll still need to find a reliable custom home builder who can bring your vision to life. Your builder can make or break your experience, so take your time and practice due diligence. First, make a list of potential builders by asking for recommendations, attending open houses, or searching online. Try to find a builder with experience, professionalism, and flexibility to help make the home building process a breeze. You should also check references to see if past clients were satisfied with the builder’s work.
Once you have a list of a few prospective builders, research their websites, customer reviews, and licensing and certifications. Look for a builder with experience and professionalism who can handle your specific needs. Schedule some phone interviews or meetings to get a glimpse at how you might work together and what their communication styles are. Don’t forget to ask plenty of questions and, if you find the right team, always take the time to read over the contract and understand everything before signing it.
At Trade Mark Homes, we make building your dream home enjoyable and stress free. Our team works with you from planning through every step of the construction process to make sure that you get the home you want, with exceptional craftsmanship. We’re dedicated to turning the vision you have of your dream home into a reality by connecting with you to fully understand your lifestyle and needs. We also offer financial flexibility, so you don’t have to sacrifice any exterior features on your luxury home. To learn more, fill out an inquiry form today. You can also call us at 479-267-9900 to schedule a consultation, discuss your vision, and go over your budget.