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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 4/15/2020

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Whether you want to sell or just want to live in a more luxurious environment, understanding some of the key details that make a luxury home what it is can help you make the most of a new purchase or even your current dwelling. High end homes are about more than just space -- a large home does not necessarily become luxurious, simply because of its size. Learning about some of the most common luxury upgrades allows you to make the most of your space or elevate a new purchase to create something truly spectacular. While every home is different, these types of upgrades are essential components of high end, luxury homes across the country. 

Luxury Upgrades your Home Doesn't Have...and Why you Need Them

Smart Tech: Smart thermostats are pretty mainstream at this point, but luxury homes are far more integrated and supported by technology. Consider upgrading by investing in an entire system with components that work together -- from your HVAC to your entertainment options and home operations. You'll love having a single interface for everything and being able to configure every aspect of your home to meet your specific needs. 

Cleaning Essentials: Central vacuum, laundry options on all floors and other high end perks do more than just help keep a home with multiple levels clean, it ensures that your space is ready for a staff or on-site team if you want them. Even if you don't use the space all that often or clean it yourself, the presence of these conveniences is a big plus when it comes to selling a high end home. High end buyers expect these details -- from docking stations for floor cleaners to dedicated spaces for cleaning staff and supplies, you'll find it easier to outsource home care when you have these essentials in place. 

Outdoor Entertaining Space: Whether you go for a full kitchen, opt for an oversized firepit and conversation area or simply create comfortable areas for dining and seating, the outside of your home is no longer just for playing games or gardening. Outdoor spaces have gone far beyond a few lawn chairs and a grill. Build an oversized firepit and surround it with comfortable seating -- complete with wool blankets or quilts for chilly nights. Need to have some digital entertainment, too? An outdoor movie zone, complete with pedestal or hanging lounges and built in snack bar is sure to please. One of the top luxury home trends addresses the outdoors and ensures that you and your guests can have a seamless transition from the inside. Up your entertaining game and upgrade that bland porch or patio to increase the value and luxury of your home. 

From elevated and luxurious living spaces to hotel-worthy conveniences, incorporating a few of these upgrades will make your own home an oasis of comfort -- and make it more appealing to buyers when it is time to sell. 




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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 5/15/2019

Making a kitchen look beautiful is easy enough to do with several options in appliances, sinks, and countertops. Out of these three options, the countertop is the biggest player because it poses a significant role in determining your kitchen designs in terms of weight, balance, proportion, and scale. The kitchen countertop options nowadays are made of materials that would both upgrade your kitchen and boost the overall value of your home. So, it is no wonder that homeowners consider luxurious countertops for their high-end kitchen renovation. Check out the list of some the high-end countertop options that will bring sparkle into your kitchen:

Exotic Wood

Woods have risen like a phoenix from the ashes and are a go-to solution for homeowners who want an upscale renovation for their kitchen. Wood countertops come in different colors and materials such as oak, maple, teak, walnut, and cherry. Wood countertops can have different finishes, with some being more durable than others, so consider the use your countertop will get before deciding on this route.

Granite

Granite has long been the number one choice for upscale homeowners looking for a luxurious finish to their kitchen. Some of the benefits of a granite countertop are that it is extremely durable and holds up to heat. Also, granite has the second highest hardness rating after diamonds, and will tremendously boost the resale value of your home.

Engineered Quartz

Quartz is another option that homeowners use to add elegance to their kitchen. Quartz is a natural material that is highly durable, ranking just under granite for hardness. Engineered quartz is a blend of quartz crystals with a polymer resin. The output is an extremely durable and low-maintenance countertop that is available in different colors. Also, engineered quartz has a non-porous surface, so buyers donít need to worry about damage from water exposure or permanent stains. 

Copper

Copper is a less popular choice for kitchen countertops, but one that showcases elegance. Copper has plenty of benefits, but it's important to note that over time its aging will show in its appearance as it develops its sought-after patina with exposure to water and heat. Copper countertops are easy to maintain with quality finishes. All that you needed is to clean it with regular dish soap and periodically wax it. 

Soapstone or Slate

Soapstone is a stylish option for homeowners wanting to give their kitchen a dark and soothing air. Slate comes in different shades of red, green, black, and purple which can give your kitchen an elegant look and pop of color. If you manufacture either material into the sink, you can give your kitchen a modern look with clean lines.

Recycled Glass and Cement

Give your countertops a modern finish with recycled glass and cement countertops. These countertops are easy to maintain, incredibly durable, scratch resistant, and have a life span of 50 years. Furthermore, when buying these countertops, producers allow you to pick the pigments of the glass pieces that will be used in your countertops so you can choose a color scheme that blends with your home.

Visit your local home supplies store to see what options are available for you to choose. If you're planning to upgrade your countertops to sell your home, ask your realtor what gives the best return on investment in your community.




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