7 Must-Haves for a Luxury Home in 2019

What is it that makes a house a home? It’s the love that each occupant puts into it, of course! Beyond that important basic requirement, there are a few others that you should consider including in your new 2019 custom home build, such as:

  1. The Kitchen Superb: As the heart of the home, a natural gathering spot, and a room that sees frequent daily use, the functional and impressive kitchen continues to add value to any home. Farmhouse style is both popular and timeless, as is a contemporary-yet-industrial design mix. Flooring (perhaps wood or marble) and countertops (quartz, steel or concrete) or other innovative, high-end materials make your deluxe kitchen into a true showplace. An island or peninsula with eating bar, lighted with eye-catching pendants suspended above, is another practical and attractive essential. A chef’s or gourmet cook’s stove/oven is also essential with a stunning range hood and walk-in pantry to complete your kitchen nirvana. Consider an outdoor kitchen as well, to make 2019, 2020, and future entertaining easy!
  2. The Vacation-Getaway Bathroom: Enjoying a spa experience or mini vacation, daily, in your own home, is an almost irresistible feature that homeowners love in 2019–and probably forever. This is a trend we can’t see ever ending. Pampering showers, modeled after the finest hotels and spas, are an essential for your comfortable custom home. Design your bath complete with wall jets and rain showerheads, tiled from floor to ceiling, with a built-in bench and shampoo shelf. Also include a separate jetted soaking tub with nearby windows providing you a lovely view while you relax and bringing in welcome natural light. Or you might prefer an open plan bathroom, with vanity, sink and mirrors (and occasionally the tub) in the bedroom. Consider a wet room or Roman shower bathroom for 2019, because everything old is new again.
  3. The Home Office: Working at home is a luxury that more and more people enjoy these days, whether for their main job and/or a side-hussle that they’re passionate about. But working curled up in the corner of the living room couch can put a dent in your productivity. A quiet home office space, with a view hopefully, is crucial for your sanity—and it allows the rest of the family to enjoy the home without having to be quiet so you can work! Your home office helps ensure that you won’t be disturbed, when working, by TV noise, requests to mow the lawn, run errands, or take kids/pets to the park.
  4. The Game Room/Screening Room or Den: Binge watch in complete comfort or play on your favorite game system for hours, without disturbing the rest of the household. For a deluxe room, install a surround sound system and add extra comfy chairs. It’s also a great spot for teens to host friends or little ones to play without feeling restricted by noise rules. Extra insulation is always nice here.
  5. The Mudroom and Laundry Room Combo: People love an organized, convenient and clean home in 2019, as much as ever. A comfortable, well-designed mudroom space certainly makes any home more livable and desirable. Mudrooms keep your home cleaner and more organized, by providing a spot to doff outdoor gear before entering the main part of the home. Built-in benches along a wall and purpose-built shelves, cabinets, wall hooks and/or cubbies provide a place for everything. This makes hats, gloves, coats, muddy boots, tennis rackets, soccer balls and more easy to find when needed again. Closet space here makes the perfect place to store seasonal or sports item until they’re needed again. An adjacent laundry room or space makes perfect sense in this same area of the home.
  6. The Second Laundry: Upstairs, or in a far wing of a large ranch home, a second laundry room can work wonders for saving steps and improving household workflow—especially if it’s located between the home’s bedrooms. The other laundry could be in the basement or mudroom. Store a vacuum in each laundry as well, so no need to cart it upstairs or to a far flung part of the house.
  7. The in-Law Suite: This could be a separate structure, or incorporated into the main home. This space provides future options galore. It can be a great for long-term guests, kids back from college, multi-generation living or rental income. Ideally, your in-law apartment should have a kitchenette, dedicated bathroom with tub and shower combo, a walk-in-closet and a living area/bedroom. Of course, you could always create something much more grand.

There are lots more options that you could include to make your home perfect for you and your family in 2019, and well beyond. Open living areas and formal/separate rooms are both “in” these days. Where would you like fireplaces? Do you need a gym or workout room? What about a custom deck, workshop-garage or enclosed porch/sunroom? Contact Miller’s Residential Creations today and let’s discuss building your dream home.

Brian Miller is the owner of Miller's Residential Creations, a custom home builder and remodeling company servicing Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties of West Virginia since 2004.
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