You may be wondering, “What is the difference between an expensive house and a Luxury Home?” Well, the short answer is that the difference is in the details.
There is an old adage that states “it’s the little things that count,” and that couldn’t be more true than when discussing luxury homes. In order for a house to truly be a luxury home, it takes more than spending a lot of money. Dedicated attention to details like location, design, materials, and craftsmanship is what will set a luxury home apart from other high-end houses. Today, we’re going to look at three specific details that set luxury homes apart.
Detail #1: Location, Location, Location
Anybody who has tried to buy or sell a house knows that a property’s location can increase or decrease it’s value quite drastically. It’s not just the physical location that can affect a home’s value either. Close proximity to busy streets, bad neighborhoods, or poorly cared for homes can dramatically affect a property’s value as well. While almost all expensive homes tend to be built away from these types of environments, a luxury home is usually even more removed. Luxury homes tend to be built in areas where most of the neighboring properties will be other expensive homes or undeveloped countryside.
One example is the East End of Long Island commonly referred to as the Hamptons. The area has historically been the setting for a variety of agricultural and fishing interests, and small towns and villages still dot the countryside. Over the years, however, the area has become a haven for the affluent population of New York City and nearby states. These Hampton homes tend to be large, expensive, and positioned on vast estates ranging from several acres to several dozen acres. Additionally, a concerted effort to maintain the pastoral qualities of the area and a low population density has resulted in many undeveloped reserves being set up throughout the area.
Detail #2: The Building Materials
Building materials are, of course, available in any price range and any quality level. However, it’s important to note that just because an item is expensive, it does not necessarily follow that it is also high quality. For true luxury, you must do more than spend money. You need to hire someone who absolutely understands the difference between building materials that are simply expensive and building materials that are extraordinarily high quality. Unfortunately, there are many building materials that are merely expensive so that the seller can make a handsome profit.
One example of a truly first-rate building material is white oak. This wood is not only prized for its striking beauty, it is also highly resistant to warping, twisting, and cupping. From the floors and baseboards to the ceilings and cornices, and even in the foundations and framing, every single material chosen can add to the quality of the home. Luxury home builders and designers understand this and use only the finest materials.
Detail #3: The Craftsmanship
Unfortunately, even the best materials can create a less than luxurious home if true craftsmanship and the elements of distinction aren’t utilized when the house is built. Perfectly fitted joints, precisely laid out floors, and other meticulously chosen building methods will result in a home that can and will last for generations, not mere decades.
In conclusion, don’t be fooled into thinking that spending a lot of money will always give you the highest quality. Make sure that you research your designer and builder to make sure that they are helping you get the best materials and craftsmanship available. Then, you can rest assured that you don’t just have an expensive house, but you have a true, luxury home.