Are you rich and designing a luxury home? Perhaps you’re not rich, but like many people, enjoy looking at spectacular mansions.
My first understanding that there were rich folks was watching the TV show Silver Spoons. I couldn’t believe the size during the intro when they show the Stratton house exterior. Of course as a kid I was impressed with the large model train that ran throughout the house too.
One fun thing about luxury homes is seeing what features and amenities they include that regular homes don’t include. While not all luxury homes have all the features below, many luxury homes have some of the features.
This is a fun article that sets out luxury home features and amenities that you don’t see in regular homes. Enjoy.
Plenty of modest homes have pools, especially in warm climates, but the swimming pool is definitely a hallmark of a luxury home.
Most luxury homes are huge and have plenty of space, large rooms and all kinds of interesting rooms.
It’s not often you find houses with a bowling alley, but they exist. I enjoy bowling but am not sure I’d pay for it.
The home bar, especially like the one below, is a nice feature for most mansions. While many regular homes have a home bar, mega mansions create bars the size of a regular neighborhood pub.
Not all luxury homes have an indoor pool, but most homes that have an indoor pool are a luxury home.
I had a friend growing up who had a tennis court. I was very jealous because I love playing tennis. The irony is he didn’t play.
Take the tennis court to the next level and turn it into a full-blown court for playing sports like this. I love it.
I enjoy going to my gym, but it would be convenient to have a gym like this in my home for those days where I can’t get to the gym. This is one seriously well outfitted home gym.
There are walk-in closets and then there are mega walk-in closets with dressing rooms. The real deal is like the one below.
The rich love their wine and so why not invest in thousands of bottles? But then you need to invest in a wine cellar to store all those bottles. Well, it’s not uncommon for luxury houses to have massive wine cellars like the one below.
One of my favorite luxury home features is a library. While we live in the digital age, there’s something magical about a room with walls lined with books. The library below is by far my all-time favorite home library design.
These days most higher-end homes include some kind of home theater or media room.
While not all mansions have acreage and it’s also true that not all acreages are luxury homes… but many fine homes do have large, sprawling properties (i.e. estates).
They’re not making any more waterfront so being able to live on the ocean, a lake or even river is a nice luxury few of us can afford.
The game room is an ode to the kid in all of us. Who doesn’t love playing foosball, ping pong or billiards now and then?
Golf Greens (and even courses)
Wealthy golf-lovers who no doubt have golf club memberships are also known to build putting greens and even full-blown golf courses on their properties.
I love grand, circular driveways that fall at the feet of a sumptuous mansion.
With a luxury home comes luxury cars which need a place to park. That’s where some really cool luxury garages come into the picture… garages that can store 4+ cars and include apartments and/or guest suites.
There are home offices and then there are sumptuous home offices fit for titans of industry. Check out the beauty below.
Most people raising kids are strapped for cash because kids are expensive. You have to buy a bigger house, pay for clothing, food, activities, vacations… all sorts of things you never bought before kids. It’s not often parents with young kids have millions of dollars at their disposal to build extravagant kids’ bedrooms and play structures. But, some parents with young kids are rich and go all out for their kids.
A sign of a luxury home is large rooms, especially living spaces such as living rooms, drawing rooms, family rooms, great rooms and entertainment rooms. Check these out.