There I was, standing in my stunning studio. An inexplicably bright white grand piano with inlaid pearl graced the center of the extravagant space. A pianist played a rambling Jazz tune; while I, in my elegant 20s-style gown — complete with a fascinator — painted away on one of the enormous canvas.
Then I woke up.
Yes, I dream that someday my art will make me rich. What would you buy if your business skyrocketed and started pulling in millions each year? Or, maybe that dream of winning the lottery paid off after years of investing.
Have you ever thought about what you would buy for your home if you suddenly struck it rich?
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The things that people buy for their homes when they strike it rich could be as basic as a gorgeous luxury bathroom remodel. They might long for an updated man-cave or she-shed for a place to unwind. Or they could go for a game or media room to entertain guests.
If you strike it rich, your purchases are limited only by your imagination. Some people may have to fight their sense of guilt for overspending. Don’t worry, that’s leftover from before having lots of money was a thing.
Whether you have to justify the expense, or easily spend money on extravagant gadgets, there’s no end to the fabulous finds for people who have the money.
No doubt, there are some guilty pleasures on this list that will suit your fancy. And the best part is that people really don’t have to feel guilty about spending spree if they strike it rich.
What a person does with their newly found wealth is their business. So let’s daydream, shall we?
1. Time for a New House
Would you like something contemporary with sleek lines and enormous windows? How about one of these lavish Caribbean Mansions? You can make one of these expansive abodes your home for between $10,000,000 and $40,000,000.
2. Or Opt for a Castle
On the other hand, one of these historic castles will be perfect if you’re looking for a home with a past. For less than a million, you could own a historic castle, with a separate chapel that sits on 10 acres in the scenic countryside of Lencloitre, France. It even has a moat with a 19th-century bridge. So no one is getting in unless you invite them.
A castle will cost anywhere between $800,000 to $15,000,000 or more. Shop around because it’s bound to need some home improvements.
Strike it Rich, Build a Smarthome
Speaking of home improvements. When people strike it rich, they update their homes with smart features. A smart home is a smart investment. After all, if you have the money, you should have the latest technology.
Let’s take a look at the cost for a few of these items.
3. Invest in a Smart Hub (Or Two)
If you want to trick out your home with smart devices, then the hub functions as the control center. Here’s the thing you may need more than one, depending on the size of your new home. This set of three TP-Link Smart Hubs covers up to 6500 square feet.
Internet, wifi, and router will also cost more; however, money is no object to those who strike it rich. So, depending on the size of your new mansion, it could run between $800 to $5000. Plus, there are the monthly fees to get the hub configuration set up.
4. Live Life with a Smart Sound System
One of the 50 things that people buy for their homes when they strike it rich must be a new sound system. You’ll want the technology to integrate with the smart home features. From Amazon’s Echo Studio to Marshall’s advanced Stanmore II Voice (compatible with Alexa), there are plenty of high-end single speaker options for a smart sound system ranging from $200 to $400 each.
5. Own a Giant Smart T.V.
Depending on how big they want the new screen, people can spend anywhere from $5000 to $15,000 on a smart T.V. Some have a screen size of up to a whopping 100 inches.
There are home entertainment systems, and then there’s the kind of home theater system you can afford if you’re affluent. In addition to the sound system, someone who’s struck it rich can afford a home theater system that’s more like an actual theater. There’s no need to go to public space when you can have the same experience in the comfort of your own castle.
6. Theater Projector
Projectors give the home theater an ambiance unmatched by regular television. Once a person strikes it rich, they can afford to drop the $6000 to $20,000 that it’ll take to get the room set up with a 4K wireless smart digital projector.
7. Theater Seating
To complete the experience, a luxurious home theater should also have the quintessential theater seating. Check out these theater seating setups, with three recliners set in a row. A set costs between $900 and $4000. Not bad when you consider that the theater seating at home will be on-par or better than the most contemporary public theaters.
8. The Ultimate Game Room
When people strike it rich, they often think about all the entertainment they can buy with their newfound wealth. That’s why the ultimate game room has to be on this list.
Ultimately, how much the game room costs depends on the equipment; it could easily cost between $10,000 to $50,000. There are so many games we could add to the room, but let’s stick to two popular ideas.
9. Virtual Reality
Who wouldn’t want a V.R. gaming chair? It takes virtual reality to another level when you have the money to get the props that enhance the experience. A VR chair costs between $800 to $3000 and up. The virtual reality headset is separate, and those will set you back anywhere from $400 to $4,000 depending on the accessories you buy.
10. Pool Table
Of course, no game room would be complete without an expensive pool table, like the custom crystal designs by Marc Sadler that range in price from $50,000 to $65,000.
11. A Fancy Jukebox
Music is a must, and although a rich person may have the house rigged up for smart music, there’s nothing as nostalgic and fun as a jukebox for the game room. They’re reasonable too, from $8000 to $13,000 on Amazon.
12. A Brand New Kitchen
A contemporary kitchen remodel could cost anywhere between $5000 to $50,000, depending on your choices.
Anyone who loves to cook will probably still enjoy doing so even when they have plenty of money to eat in fancy restaurants. It’ll be more rewarding still, to prepare meals in a gourmet kitchen with only the best appliances, cookware, and décor that suits your style.
When people strike it rich, only the best will do.
13. Blenders, and Choppers, and Juicers, Oh My
That Vitamix Blender you’ve always wanted is still on the list of must-haves. Here’s the thing; this blender does so much more. In fact, a Vitamix can even be one of those smart appliances you add to your home automation.
If you’ve got the money, you could also purchase a commercial juicer, like this Hammacher Schlemmer. Of course, the $1000 to $10,000 is just a drop in the bucket for the wealthy. Still, rich or not, who doesn’t love a great smoothie or fresh juice to kick off the day?
14. Ice Cream Maker
Another little expense to make life sweeter is a homemade ice cream maker. The Lello 4080 Musso Lussino 1.5-Quart Ice Cream Maker is an excellent choice that will only cost around $650 to $850. If there’s any kind of ice cream consumption in your household, this little number will pay for itself in no time. But that only really matters if you’re concerned about money.
15. Top of the Line Refrigerator
There are plenty of options when it comes to expensive refrigerators. However, none compare to the Italian creation, La Cambusa, by Meneghini. These stylish appliances are so much more than a standard fridge, with customizable components that have areas for a fitted pantry, a double pantry, and the usual things like an icemaker.
The difference is that these three-door ice chests open up to reveal extras like a coffee maker, microwave, and even a multi-functional oven. As you might imagine, they carry a fairly hefty price tag, starting at around $40,000. The company says to inquire about pricing.
16. Gourmet Stove
Source: La Cornue
Much like the elegant refrigerator setup that money can buy, the Grand Palais 180 takes the gourmet kitchen to the next level. This impressive range covers it all, with a vaulted gas oven and a vaulted electric oven. Both are the foundation for the custom range top configurations.
You’ll pay for the prestige of owning a chef’s dream. Prices start at just over $59,000, plus the stovetop will cost between $25,000 to $75,000.
17. A Bed Fit for Royalty
Now, at least a few of the 50 things that people buy for their homes when they strike it rich must be for the bedroom. After all, we spend a good deal of time in our sanctuary.
It’s easy to spend $100,000 to $350,000 for a Swedish Hästens or French Vispring mattress and bed frame. One can only imagine the improvement in a night’s sleep on a luxury mattress at that cost. It must be a little slice of heaven.
18. Jacuzzi in the Bedroom
And why not go ahead and add a hot tub and Jacuzzi to the room? Nothing is quite so relaxing. You can find the Celeste freestanding jacuzzi soaking tub on Amazon for a reasonable $1300 to $3000.
19. Ocean Inspired Statement Art
Some newly rich my aspire to add an ocean-inspired interest to the room. Forget the fish tank. Instead, try a statement piece like Steve Cohen’s 14-Foot Preserved Shark estimated to cost between $8,000,000 and $12,000,000.
20. Infinity Tub
It isn’t enough to have a jacuzzi in the bedroom; the entire primary bathroom should be a spa.
For a modest $20,000 to $35,000, the Aquatica Fusion Cube is an excellent addition to the bathroom. It’s an indoor/outdoor infinity tub, which means you could transform the bathroom space any number of ways to bring the outdoors into your environment.
21. Monogrammed Bath Towels
Source: Neiman Marcus
It’s time to replace those old towels and linens with new, more luxurious versions. So here are some monogrammed bath towels from Neiman Marcus to get that imagination going.
A big soft monogrammed bath towel will cost anywhere from $20 to $75 each. You’ll need at least a dozen bath towels, as well as washcloths, and those cute little fingers towels.
22. You Know You Want It
Anyone who strikes it rich is bound to want the ultimate toilet. Who hasn’t fantasized about owning a golden commode? You can buy a gold-plated toilet at Ali Express for anywhere from $1200 to $2500. However, if you want an 18-carat solid gold toilet, that’ll run you closer to a cool million.
Moving on —
23. Home Gym
The newly rich won’t have to work out in public anymore. They can easily build a home gym for between $1500 and $5000. That’s so cheap; they may need two.
24. All the Little Touches that Make a Difference
Of all the 50 things that people buy for their home when they strike it rich, they’ll want to invest in art, and all the little touches that say, I’m wealthy.
When a person reaches the point that they can buy a collector’s art, they do so through auction. If you don’t mind spending anywhere from $100,000,000 to $500,000,000, you could own one of the great primaryworks from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francis Bacon, or even Leonardo DeVinci.
25. Bronze Sculpture
They’re also likely to pick up a sculpture or two for a price range from $500 to $50,000 and up. The heavy bronze sculpture is an investment, and also makes a handy defense weapon in a worst-case scenario.
Nothing says, “I’m rich” like a crystal chandelier. One of these beauties will set you back anywhere from $6000 to over $200,000. Who cares?
27. Grand Piano
Even though a grand piano is number 27 on this list, it’ll be one of my first purchases when I strike it rich, and It’ll only cost between $1,000,000 and $4,000,000.
28. Exquisite Dining Set
Furnish the dining room with a luxury handcrafted dining room set in the range of $15,000 to $45,000. No doubt, there will be a separate area for the kids to eat.
29. Diamond Encrusted Wall Tiles
Decorate the walls with diamond-encrusted tiles in a price range of $100,000 to $1,000,000 per square meter. These would be gorgeous in the music room to accompany the grand piano.
30. Handmade Rug
A vintage Tibetan or Italian rug is an excellent choice as an accent piece in any room. Depending on the style, it’ll cost between $2000 to $80,000.
31. Luxury Executive’s Desk
Wealthy people can’t resist fine furniture, and it’s easy to justify the cost of an office desk for anywhere from $3000 to $12,000. After all, you have to work sometimes.
32. Zero Gravity Recliner
Source: The Back Store
Comfort is essential, and a zero-gravity lounge chair takes it to the next level for a meager price tag of $2000 to $12,000.
33. Car Collection
When you strike it rich, you can move up from model cars to the real thing. The Sultan of Brunei’s Car Collection comes in at around $5 billion. Of course, he owns around 21 Lamborghinis, over 400 Ferraris, and even more Rolls Royces, including the world’s most expensive car, the “Star of India,” a convertible Rolls valued at $14 million.
34. Car Turntable
One of the things that’s great about being rich is the opportunity to show off your stuff. So you need a car turntable or two to highlight your luxury car collection. You can pick one up for $5000 to $12,000 here.
35. Auto Stacker
Because collecting luxury vehicles is addictive, people who strike it rich also might want to buy a hydraulic car lift, so they can stack their collection and keep everything neat and tidy. It’s totally worth the $3000 to $10,000.
36. Heated Driveway
Source: Heated Driveway Systems
With all the fancy cars and clothes, one can understand why there’s a need for a heated driveway. It would sure make the winter easier to handle, and it’ll only cost between $2000 and $25,000. That’s totally worth the expense.
37. Lavish Gardens
Creating a stunning garden is costly. Once people strike it rich, it’s a pleasure to spend the $3000 to $15,000 plus it takes to landscape their property to perfection.
38. Swimming Pool
They’ll also need a swimming pool. And we’re not talking just any old swimming pool. How about an infinity pool that goes indoors and outdoors? It’s easy to justify the $90,000 to $105,000 plus when you’re making your new home cozy.
39. Garden Art
Unique garden art from dinosaurs to dolphins run right around $2000 to $12,000. How cool would it be to have a brontosaurus sculpture on the property?
Add a glass greenhouse to the acreage. It’ll only cost from $2500 to close to $17,000 for this Victorian glass greenhouse on Amazon.
It’s a drop in the bucket to spend $3000 to $6000 for bird lovers who can afford an outdoor aviary for their feathered friends. Of course, depending on the birds you choose, this initial price could easily skyrocket upwards to $20,000 or more.
42. Outdoor Water Features
No mansion landscaping is complete without an outdoor water feature. Once a person strikes it rich, they can easily afford to shell out the $4000 to $20,000 it costs to purchase a gorgeous fountain. At that price, you may need more than one.
43. Antique Woodworking Tools
Old woodworking tools are worth big bucks. Plus, the newly wealthy might want to take up a new hobby. So why not pick up a modeling plane or miller for around $5000 to $30,000.
Baseball fans who strike it rich can finally start those collections they’ve always dreamed of, and they can start with a Mickey Mantle autographed playing card for between $80,000 and $90,000. What a steal!
How about a blue ribbon bull for a price tag of $2500 to $3500? When a person is rich, they can raise their own Angus beef.
46. Purebred Dogs
And they will certainly buy a purebred dog for $500 to $3000 because a beautiful companion is a necessity.
So why not a thoroughbred racehorse? They could be a real investment for $8000 to $40,000.
48. Exotic Animals
Also, the rich are known for their interest in exotic animals. You have to be careful that it’s legal, but you can own many different kinds of exotic animals from monkeys to chinchillas for anywhere from $500 to over $5000.
49. Smarthome Security
People who strike it rich have to protect all their new stuff. Smart home technology uses smartphone apps and wireless internet to sync the house’s systems and schedules. Not only that, but the smartphone gives you a visual image of your front door when the doorbell rings. Now you can choose to ignore your nosey neighbors and door to door salespeople without getting up from your zero gravity lounge chair.
Smart home security is a combination of locks, timers, floodlights, cameras, and more. Depending on the size of the estate, the cost could range from $5000 to over well over $9000 to get it set up.
50. Luxury Doomsday Bunker
No doubt about it, bunkers are all the rage right now. Those who strike it rich can ensure their safety during the zombie apocalypse for a mere $4,000,000 to $10,000,000. But then, you can’t put a price on security.