Four of the best modern additions to make during luxury home renovations
When it comes to large-scale, luxury home improvements, simply adding a new room to your home doesn’t always have the desired result. In order to add that ‘je ne sais quoi’ to your home, and to elevate it to a more luxurious aesthetic, it takes a bit more than just the essential add-ons.
Home-decorators and those attempting to create a more designed space must have an inherent understanding of what it is they wish to get out of their home.
One of the most popular ways to generate a feeling of authentic luxury is to combine old and new seamlessly. Here are four modern additions you could consider adding during extensive home renovations.
An Indoor Spa
Nothing is more truly luxurious or indulgent than having your very own indoor spa. These days, indoor pools and saunas have almost become mainstays of the modern luxury home, and so they are both feasible options for homeowners looking to take their home to the next level.
Hot tubs, both indoor and outdoor, always make a big statement – but you can now take it a step further. For example, a home sauna can be developed as an add on to any room in your home. If you are working with architects to extend the property, adding a sauna, steam room, or an indoor pool isn’t just a way to add value to your property, but to also add value to your lifestyle and wellbeing.
It could be argued that a library isn’t essential to the modern luxury home, but there are many reasons why a personal library is a pure luxe touch. A library or reading room could have dual-purpose as a study, and it is very easy to create an ambient reading nook for just yourself or all the family by investing in some antique bookcases and arranging some rustic houseplants and comfortable furniture for a homely vibe.
Some of the most famous libraries in the world are located at the very heart of cities and welcome innumerable residents and tourists through their doors. The interiors of the New York Public Library can be used as inspiration for a home library, decking the space with warm brown tones, and those classic green lampshades. As far as it being a place for you to take a moment to recline on a chaise lounge and read the newspaper, it’s taking the idea of peace and quiet to another level!
A Private Bar
Yet another addition which some might consider unnecessary, a private bar is a third way to modernise your home improvements.
The best personal bars are not the pop-up style which can be placed into any room, but a real bar which adds an air of style and sophistication to a dedicated space. With options to customise the bar-front, the type of stone or material used for the bartop, as well as the back of the bar display, it can be custom-designed exactly as you wish.
When factoring in the cost of creating a bar area, the extra cost of liquid materials does have to be considered – but it would be more than worth it for the long evenings sat in comfort around the bar you will be able to have whilst entertaining. You really could become the host with the most!
Perhaps the biggest investment on the list, installing an aquarium within your home is not a decision which should be taken lightly. It is no minor responsibility to be breeding your own koi carps – so aquariums are often considered to be like ‘Marmite’, some love the idea and some have no inclination to breed a fish family.
For many, an aquarium adds depth and a calming aura to any room, especially thanks to the blue lights and flow of water. With options to have tanks spanning the wall’s width of a room, an indoor aquarium could certainly be a hypnotic home-feature.
However, it is not simply a case of buying the tanks and acquiring the wildlife, but instead it is quite a fine art to installing and maintaining the perfect aquarium in your home. The temperature of the water must be just right, proper filtration installed carefully, with the suitable materials used for the tank itself, whilst still working well design-wise with the rest of your home. Consider the colours involved in every space – a collection of tropical fish can bring a breath of vibrancy and colour to any room, but of course, the financial and moral obligation increases the more exotic the fish are!
Every person has their own, individual definition of what luxury means for them, usually relating to our own very specific tastes and desires. But whilst renovating your home, if you want to give your space an extra edge that will really take your guests’ breath away, any of these four ideas can effectively transform any home.