What Do The Most Expensive Homes Have In Common?

 The Most Expensive Homes Have In Common?


If you’re in the market for new homes or are in the process of planning a build for your dream home, you’ve probably spent some time looking at the homes of others and evaluating their choices. When it comes to well-designed, expensive homes, there are often common factors – from stylish fittings and practical inclusions, to integration with the surrounding environment.


Creature Features


One of the easiest to spot features of an expensive home is the use of practical, well-designed features, such as the layout of a landscaped garden, or a protective sectional garage door. Features for expensive homes not only provide a way of adorning the home in an elegant, aesthetically pleasing fashion, they often enhance the safety and usability of the home too – bringing peace of mind the occupants.


If you’re trying to mimic these ‘expensive’ design choices with a smaller budget, there are ways you can do so without breaking the bank. If you have particular assets to protect such as valuable cars, investing your money in a secure garage will be a wise choice. If you’re looking to get fit and enjoy more time spent outdoors, channeling extra funds into a pool and outdoor fitness area will mean you get to start your fitness journey in style and comfort (and save money on expensive gym memberships in the long run).

What Do The Most Expensive Homes Have In Common?

High-Quality Fittings


Another hallmark of expensive homes is quality fittings. Light fittings, ceramic wares in the bathroom and kitchen appliances are all much-used items in a house and deserve as much time and investment in their choice as you’re willing to put in.


Select items which not only bring to life your aesthetic, but that also are long wearing and made from the best materials. Saving money on fittings in the short term may seem like a good cost-cutting measure, but it will almost universally end in you need to replace or revamp your household well before time. Quality bathroom and kitchen fittings in classic styles will not only serve you and your family well over time, they will add value to your home and they scream ‘good taste’ to any visitors or potential buyers in the event that you sell your home.


Designed For Living


An expensive home is designed around the needs of its occupants – and not the other way around. If you have an active, growing family, your home should have enough room and flexibility to be able to handle all the activities that entail. Whether that means an extensive backyard, segmented play areas or areas for adults to escape to, an expensive house should offer options to you wish a lesser house wouldn’t.


If you’re searching for your perfect property or are in the process of planning a build from scratch, take into account any future plans or needs. It’s no use putting the effort of planning a perfect house for a couple when you intend on starting a family soon. Put your efforts and your money into creating the property of your dreams and of your practical needs – it will save stress in the long run.


On Location


A more general feature of expensive homes is that they usually have a design style which is outwardly respectful of the surrounding area and of the environment. Expensive homes don’t often seek to overwhelm or destroy their surrounds – instead, they work with the natural features and surroundings to enhance the overall beauty and appeal of a location.


If you’ve ever sat through an episode (or a season) of Grand Designs, you’ll know this phenomenon well. Many of the most successful build work with (and not against) their surrounding environment. Moving into a hot, dry climate? Use that same climate to put in extensive solar panels and enjoy the free energy.


Moving to an area with abundant rainfall and fertile soil? Install a rainwater tank and use the soil and water to grow incredible plants. Working with your surrounds can add value to your home while also improving your quality of life.


Expensive homes are the result of good planning, good design choices, and the efforts of people involved in its purchase, construction and care. If you’re looking to create a home which has all the hallmarks of a luxury, quality property (without the exorbitant costs), it can help to carefully plan and evaluate your needs. Choosing quality, classic inclusions which will service your needs in the mid-long term is nearly always a better choice than flashy, fashionable options, which will date more quickly then you can measure.


About the author

Charlotte is an urban New Yorker who has lived in London, Paris & Morocco. She has an MBA in Management and Economics of Luxury Brands and Fashion and her BFA from the New School. She calls herself the dyslexic writer living between London & Paris. Digital Fashion & Lifestyle Architect ?:ChaChaNyc007