It’s so easy to fall in love with a home’s luxury features. After all, who wouldn’t love to indulge in a chef’s kitchen or backyard pool? All of these features can really make a home stand out, and after just a glance you may find yourself tempted to add them to your “must-have” list. . Below are some of the more common luxury features that you’ll probably come across, and the pros and cons of each.
Walk-In Closet with Seating
Just looking at one of these beautiful bedroom-sized closets will tempt you to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe just to fill it up.
- Pros – Recessed lighting, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and soft seating turn an ordinary large closet into a glamorous dressing room. If you have an extensive wardrobe or are in the fashion industry, a walk-in closet with seating would be a fun and useful luxury feature.
- Cons – It doesn’t matter how glamorous it is, a closet’s primary function is still storage. If it takes up extra room to accommodate seating or other features that you’ll never use, it loses practical value.
- Assessment – Unless a luxurious room-sized closet is very important to you, you’re better off with a home that features a smaller closet and larger master bedroom.
Who wouldn’t love to have their own private pool? It’s the ultimate luxury feature of a home.
- Pros – The beautiful crystalline waters of a well-maintained pool are eye-catching and will make your home the place to be for entertaining. And if you love swimming or working out in the water, taking a refreshing dip anytime you want can be a great stress-reliever.
- Cons – If you have children, be aware of safety issues! Pool deaths can and do happen, more often than you might think. Pools are also expensive and time-consuming to maintain, and big ones especially require lots of water. As beautiful as a pool can be when it is maintained properly, it can be an eyesore if it is not, and it will take up a lot of valuable space in the backyard. In addition, an outdoor pool is seasonal for most people. In cooler climates you may only get use out of it for a few months out of the year.
- Assessment – Many people enjoy having their own private pool, but this luxury feature takes up a lot of space, money and time to maintain. Think long and hard about whether a pool will be worth it to you.
Kitchens can come with tons of luxury features. From appliances paneled to look like cabinets, to massive high-end stoves, gourmet kitchen features can inspire anyone to get in touch with their inner-chef.
- Pros – Kitchens are where many families spend a large portion of their time at home, so don’t underestimate the importance of a functional and attractive kitchen. If you are a professional chef, or someone who absolutely loves cooking, many luxury kitchen features may save you time.
- Cons – If you are a typical home cook, you won’t be getting much use out of that fancy pot-filler faucet by the stove, and won’t get much value out of a $8,000 stove when a $1,000 one functions just as well.
- Assessment – The kitchen is a major hub of activity, so splurging a little here can pay off, but unless you’re a professional cook, many luxury kitchen features are completely unnecessary.
Having your very own gym at home will keep you motivated to work out, right? … Probably not.
- Pros – A space where you can get your training in right at home offers great convenience, especially for athletes who have children.
- Cons – If you want a home gym to get inspired to work out, you should probably just pay for a gym membership instead. Personal trainers and other gym members are far more motivating.
- Assessment – Home gyms offer convenience to an established athlete, but they take up a lot of space, and gym equipment is very expensive. You may be better off using the square-footage for something else.
The Bottom Line
If you find yourself falling in love with a home for its luxury features, remember to remain as practical as possible. Usable space in a home is far more important than fancy features that rarely get used. Remember, the flow and layout of a home is far more important than unnecessary details
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