Newcomer Magazine

Prestige Homes

Posted June 6, 2007 2:44 p.m. EDT

You’ve worked hard, you’re successful, and you’ve planned well financially. So what do you do now? Reward yourself by buying or building a luxury home, of course! Luxury homes are becoming increasingly popular in the Triangle area, and a variety of custom homebuilders are available to help make your dream come true. And they offer a greater array of floor plans and amenities than ever before.

If you decide to build, make sure that you do your homework in selecting your builder. Find out how long the builder has been in business, how the builder is rated in terms of quality and craftsmanship, what the builder’s safety record is, and what kind of guarantees and follow-up services are offered. Most importantly, talk to former clients. Word-of-mouth remains the most reliable form of research in this area. When selecting location, pay attention to your lifestyle. Do you like to be in close proximity to areas where you can walk, run, bike or play tennis? What about living on a lake or golf course? Do you want to be in a secluded area, or do you prefer being in the middle of all the action? Is having a country club nearby to entertain your friends important to you?

If you have children, you will obviously want to investigate nearby schools, but even if you don’t, you’ll want to make sure your neighborhood is in a school district that bodes well for resell value.

Building a custom home means you have many more options. Choosing wall colors, hardwood floors, tile and countertops for kitchen and baths is exciting. But in a luxury home, there are many more options available and decisions to make. A good interior designer can help here.

Today’s designers are trained to listen to your wishes and needs. They can assess the function and safety of interior spaces, as well as help you create beautiful spaces that reflect your unique personality. The designer will also prepare drawings using extensive and specialized knowledge of furniture, fixtures, appliances, design and construction.

When talking to your builder or Realtor about the options for your home, make sure to consider such amenities as:

  • Large kitchen, with high-end, “industrial” appliances, such as a double oven
  • Media room with home theatre
  • Home gym
  • Cathedral ceilings
  • Wine cooler, or even a wine cellar
  • Three-car garage
  • “In-law” suite or separate apartment
  • Patio with second kitchen and built-in grill
  • Sauna
  • Steam shower
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Three-piece crown molding, chair rails, and tray ceilings

You deserve the reward that comes with success. Dive into the experience of planning your luxury home.