Special Features You Didn't Know You Needed In Your Home
Do you ever wonder what your house could look like if you won the lotto? Well, with the endless possibilities for home renovation, living lavishly has never been more fun. An elaborate home has so many possibilities with the right inspiration and a little funding. Let’s just imagine that money is no object. This weeks blog post is about showing off the creativity of some of the most elaborate homes and design techniques you will dream of having in your home.
1. Functional to fabulous
The first special feature that is bound to elevate any home is the addition of a floating staircase. Adding a floating staircase is the epitome of taking a practical element of a home and turning it into a piece of art. This is a design element that can be done in many different ways to suit any style of home. In the photo above, the designer took a very minimalist design approach, allowing the symmetry of line work built with custom wood planks to be the center of attention. With the remaining floor space below the stairs, there is even more opportunity to create another eye-catching element. The rocks are a great way to keep a minimal look, but to bring more personality, you can opt for some desert plants, a unique sculpture, or even an indoor pond.
2. A pond? INSIDE?
More unique than a garden, installing a koi pond into your home is a luxurious way to bring earth elements indoors. From boring to breathtaking, your new indoor pond will transform the surrounding room into a peaceful, inviting oasis. The aesthetic value is a major selling point, but in addition to the striking look, the sound of water is often associated with decreased levels of stress and restless sleep. So it's pretty and it has a few health benefits, but the price is still unjustifiable. Think of it as an investment! If you ever decide to sell your home, the listing price and overall home value will easily increase.
3. You have your space and the kids have theirs
Do you want to make your home fun and exciting, while also being family friendly? Maybe it seems like all the expensive decor and furnishings you want to purchase will be much too nice for your chaotic little ones to take care of at this age. This trampoline-like contraption maximizes ceiling space, withstands the durability test, and keeps the piles of toys from dispersing all over the living room floor. Being a parent in quarantine and finding a relaxing space in the house to work or kick back without interruptions is essentially unheard-of, but with this interactive netting, parents create a sanctuary space for their children that is separate from their own.
4. Calling all wine lovers!
I’m sure you have seen plenty of homes with a wine cellar, but this one is a bit different. This sleek design features a glass door that opens to a spiral staircase, allowing visitors a sneak peek into your impressive wine collection. This unique take on the traditional wine cellar is organized, space efficient, and guaranteed to increase your home's resale value. With your own personal wine cellar, you’ll never want to wait until five to crack open a bottle!
5. Why pay for a view you can't appreciate?
So you bought a gorgeous home with a million dollar view. The best way to get your money's worth is installing floor to ceiling panel windows that turn a boring room into a serene, outdoor experience. My favorite room to incorporate this design technique is a home office. Panel windows take a space that usually carries stress and negative energy and reconstructs it with a hint of nature, increasing calmness, creativity, and concentration. Although beautiful, this special feature is not one that can be achieved easily. Not only can large panel windows be fairly expensive, but so are the beams required to support the weight of such windows.
Popular on the East Coast, the sunroom screams elegance and has a multitude of purposes. From book club, to afternoon cocktails, to family game night, this space brings people together. Increasing your exposure to natural sunlight also comes with an array of health benefits including lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, a stronger immune system, and a boost in Vitamin D. A sunroom is the perfect transitional room, allowing you to enjoy the best parts of indoor and outdoor living, all while avoiding damage from the elements.