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Top 10 Features of Luxury Custom Homes

by Gina Watters
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For nearly 30 years, London Bay Homes has been designing and building many of Southwest Florida’s finest luxury custom homes with the desire to bring out the luxurious details and exquisite design that would set these homes apart from all of the others. Throughout the years, we have gained insight on what our buyers want and need in their homes to not only highlight their distinct tastes and personalities, but to also provide a home that is practical and efficient in their luxury living lifestyle. Whether it’s a luxury villa home or a single-family estate home, here are the top features of our luxury custom homes throughout the Southwest Florida area (in no particular order):

A Well-Equipped Kitchen

The kitchen in the Avena at The Lake Club embodies luxury living.

Momma’s not the only one in the kitchen anymore. These days, the time constraints of busy lives get the whole family in the kitchen multiple times a day. Gathering in this central point of the home allows us to talk about our days or have in-depth conversations about - well let’s face it – anything, all while nourishing our family. When you’re cooking up a scrumptious meal or just baking cookies for the grandkids, you’ll want to make sure you can make the most of that time and our homeowners want a well-equipped kitchen laden with commercial-grade appliances, kitchen islands, and coveted seating right in the middle of everything to do so. Our Avena estate home at The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch is a prime example of a luxury kitchen fit for the task with prime seating and high-grade appliances in a stylish cooking area.

Outdoor Living Area With All the Extras

Private residence by luxury custom homebuilder, London Bay Homes

Kitchens aren’t just for the inside of a home and our homeowners have proven that time and time again with an expansive outdoor living area complete with an outdoor kitchen, custom pool and spa, and seating for all of their guests when it comes time to entertain. After all, we live in Southwest Florida and it would be a shame to waste the beautiful weather we have almost year-round by staying indoors. We have found that most of the homeowners building with London Bay Homes opt for an outdoor kitchen with a top-of-the-line grill, refrigerator, and sink to make outdoor cooking feel as luxurious as when they are inside and choose an outdoor living room or seating area with a fireplace to offer a casual place to relax when guests aren’t lounging in the custom pool. Other popular and fine options for an outdoor living space are water features. From waterfalls in the pool or courtyard to fountains strategically-placed to visually enhance the space, water features are a popular way to add a sense of tranquility to your outdoor living area. The picture shown above is a great example of a custom home created for a private residence that is complete with all of the luxury options offered in an outdoor living space.

Additional Rooms

Incorporating a Game Room in the home design

Game rooms and theater rooms aren’t new concepts, but they are still holding strong on the list of must-haves for luxury homeowners simply because the homeowner never has to leave their home to have a good time. We are also discovering that our homeowners love to have a space suited for children or grandchildren so that they have a place to relax and have some fun during their visit. Another great additional room? A wine room for those long days when all you want is to have a glass of wine and a soak in your spa bath (we’ll get to that one later). The London Bay Homes Delfina floor plan offers a game room as an option, which joins to the living room through a pop-up TV and the Eloro comes complete with a wine room.

Lavish Study/Home Office

Eloro Study

Unfortunately, you didn’t get to your luxury home by playing all day, but luxury doesn’t have to stop at the door of your home office. Our homeowners are seeking a lavish place to work, where they can get all of their loose ends tied up and maybe even have a drink at the wet bar before calling it a night. The Eloro villa home is ideal for such an occasion with a well-suited study.

Technology

Annalisa: technology built into the kitchen

Our lives are consistently made easier by technology and those shortcuts aren’t limited to our smartphones and tablets. In this day and age, every aspect of our home can be made to function more efficiently, including those important luxury kitchens we spoke of earlier. The Annalisa model home previously sold in Mediterra Naples has such efficiency, including a Wolf steam convection oven that is so versatile it can cook three perfect dishes at once and is designed to disappear into the cabinetry for a cleaner look. The master bathroom in the Annalisa also features technological advancements in the Kohler digitally controlled super shower system with a programmable interface that sets the rain-head and body jets to individual steam and temperature settings. A Numi toilet adds to the experience, offering personalized settings, which include wireless Bluetooth music sync capabilities, heated seat and foot warming options, and ambient color lighting alternatives. An intuitive touch-screen remote is also available. Who knew life could be this good?

Master Suite

Delfina Master Bedroom

Most of our homeowners love to sit down with our team of architects and designers to lay out every aspect of their new home, but a lot of them leave their Master Suite for last and then realize how important their little slice of heaven is. Once the design gets going, the ideas start flying and there are many ways they can incorporate their personalities into their master bedroom to create a cozy retreat built into their home. Of course, a room large enough to fit a king-sized comfortable bed is key for a good night’s sleep, but one popular trend is to provide access to the outdoor living space or even a small courtyard from the master bedroom, like in the Delfina floor plan. We also often see a small sitting area by that access to allow a quiet area to read or lounge in the comfort of your bedroom oasis.

Spa Bathroom

Delfina Master Bathroom

You’ve traveled the world and have seen many things, including some of the most opulent spas and luxurious bathrooms. Combine your love for such experiences with the relaxation they are sure to bring and you have another top feature of luxury homes in Southwest Florida. Homeowners looking to replicate the look and feel of a spa usually end up with a walk-in shower, heated floors, huge soaker tubs, dual vanities, and many other items that make for a soothing atmosphere. The Delfina model home has most of those elements, along with a muted color scheme that doesn’t draw attention from the spa-like atmosphere.

Large Walk-In Closets

The Brighton's large walk-in closet

Bags, shoes, accessories, oh my! A woman’s – and sometimes a man’s – collection of fashion and accessory items are just as important as anything else in their home and our clients are requesting large walk-in closets to make sure their wardrobes are given a space vast enough to have everything organized and on display. Our Brighton model floor plan has exactly that space with his-and-her walk-in closets featuring a window bench and center island.

Making Your House a Unique Home

Luxury Homes: The Chianti III

The most important part of your house is the time and effort it takes to make it a home. Your home is your safe haven and it should reflect your personality and lifestyle to make it as comfortable as possible. We have found that our clients love this process and come to our designers with as many ideas as they can possibly find to show the different colors, styles, pieces, textures, and everything else they love and can find in clippings or websites. London Bay Homes’ in-house team of designers at Romanza Interior Design is here to ensure that our clients’ personalities are displayed proudly in their luxury custom home design and welcome the opportunity to work with them to make it happen.

Location and Views

Luxury custom homes with a view from London Bay Homes

So far we’ve talked about everything our homeowners have wanted in the home design and architecture of their new houses, but we have not spoken about the one thing our homeowners want that cannot be found inside of their new home: its location. The first thing our clients do when looking for a new home is research the different areas and communities in which they want to live. Finding the right community is vital in maximizing your satisfaction and at London Bay Homes, we build relationships with some of the best award-winning communities in Southwest Florida to ensure our clients find a community that will fit their lifestyle with views that will create a picturesque backdrop to their beautiful new abode.

That’s it; our top 10 features that we find our prospective homeowners are seeking in their new homes. If you’re ready to get started in finding your dream home, contact us to get the five-star treatment from a luxury custom home builder with nearly 30 years of experience.

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