Are you gearing-up to finally build or design your dream home?
If so, you may want to stop what you’re doing. The reason? You’ll probably want to use these 25 exotic and luxurious things that your home needs.
1. Double Islands
An island in your kitchen is a great way to get some additional space in your kitchen. Whether if it’s for dining, storage, or food preparation, every dream home should have an island. But, why just stop at one?
Setting up two-islands allows you to add a second sink, built-in cooktop/range, or breakfast bar. It’s stylish and a great conversation piece.
If you need some inspiration, here are some excellent double-island designs on Pinterest.
2. The “Evolution” Sink
The “Evolution” Sink by Rachiele is described as the ultimate workstation kitchen sink. And, that’s a pretty accurate description.
This sink contains all of your essential accessories including a mixing bowl, colander, and cutting board that you place over the custom-built sink. This doesn’t just save space, it also eliminates those messy counter tops when you’re cooking.
3. Custom Cabinets
“The advantage of using true custom cabinets vs. typical stock cabinets that can be configured in different combinations is twofold,” writes Houzz contributor Yanic Simard.
“First, custom cabinets can be fitted perfectly to your kitchen, filling the space precisely and making the best use of corners, spaces between windows and any height or length of wall.”
“Second, custom cabinets can achieve looks that stock cabinets can’t, especially when integrated with other features such as a banquette seat or kitchen island. This is especially important when going for a sought-after transitional style, where cabinets are desired to be seamless but not ultraminimalist.”
4. Smart Appliances
Thanks to the Internet of Things, you can convert your kitchen into a smart kitchen that can assist you in cooking, shopping, and staying healthy.
There’s hundreds of options, but here’s a couple of my favorite smart appliances;
- Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator. This fridge can order groceries, read recipes out loud, and the touchscreen allows you to view your calendar or play music.
- Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo. With this crock-pot you can check on the temperature, cook-time, or change temperature settings directly from your smartphone.
- Smarter Coffee. I’m an avid coffee drinker. That’s why I dig the Firebox since it allows you to control your coffee maker right from your smartphone. It even brews automatically based on set geo-locations and timings.
- HAPIfork. This smartfork monitors and tracks your eating habits.
- Approach Wall Cabinet Lift. If you’re on the shorter side or are handicapped, this is an absolute necessity in your kitchen or garage. Just hit a button and the top shelf of a cabinet becomes accessible.
5. Chef’s Best Friends
Even though smart technology has made life a whole lot easier, you still can’t forget about classic kitchen tools that chef’s love. I’m talking about items like a panini press, carbon knives, mortar and pestle, stand mixer, and cast iron skillet. There’s even some more interesting options like onion goggles, donabe smoker, and immersion blender.
6. Indoor Herb Garden
Regardless if you live in a city or where it gets cold in the winter, an indoor herb garden is an excellent addition to a home. For starters, it purifies the air. Secondly, it produces fresh and delicious food for you to enjoy.
You can get started on your herb garden by checking out Edible Walls. They have a variety of options ranging from DIY living walls to planters that cost under $50.
7. Wine Cellar
If you’re a wine enthusiasts, then you definitely need to invest in a proper wine cellar. Even if you’re not an entuassits, having a wine cellar definitely classes up your home.
If you’re looking for some design ideas, both large and small, check out these custom wine cellars from Vintage Cellars.
8. Whirlpool Smart All-in-One Care Combo
This washer and dryer combo is going to change laundry forever. That’s because you schedule it to run when electricity costs are lower and it will automatically transfer loads. Like European dryers, it’s ventless so cleaning ducts is a problem of the past.
9. Pet-Washing Station
If you’re a pet owner, then you know how difficult it can be to give your four-legged friends a god bath. This is especially true during the cooler months of the year. You can solve that problem be installing a pet-washing station in your laundry room.
10. Luxury Garage
If you’re building your dream home, then designing your own garage is a must. Besides being somewhere to store your most valuable toys, a garage is the ideal place to build a mancave or work on a hobby. Some of the most luxurious garages in the world also come equipped with lifts, turntables, and glass walls so that you can also display your vehicle.
If you want to see how ridiculous luxurious a garage can be, here’s 22 amazing examples.
11. Touchless Bathroom Faucets
According to Hansgrohe US, “hands-free faucets are not only hygienic, but also economical in use. The intelligent electronics only allow water to flow when it is needed, which minimizes the consumption of resources.”
Additionally, since soapy hands aren’t touching the faucets, they stay cleaner longer and the temperature can be set at a certain temperature. They’re a perfect addition to any trendy, modern bathroom.
12. In-Floor Heating
Ever wake-up on a cool, grey morning dreading how cold the floor will feel on your feet? How about taking a warm shower only to be greeted be a freezing tile floor? The Romans knew this was a problem – which is why they had heated floors. And if it was good for the Romans, then it’s good for you too.
Installing an in-floor heating won’t only keep your feet toasty, they can also save you money since they can make your home more energy efficient. This is because you’re not losing heat through ducts, instead heat is circulated evenly.
13. Mr. Steam
Want to convert your home’s bathroom into a luxurious spa? It’s possible thanks to Mr. Steam. The company manufactures generators that will create a personal home steam shower.
The company also sells accessories like ChromaTherapy, AromaTherapy, MusicTherapy, wall seats and towel warmer.
14. High-Tech Bedroom Gadgets
As you know, smart homes are all the rage these days. I’ve already covered some of my favorite smart kitchen appliances, but here are some amazing high-tech gadgets you should add to your bedroom.
- Eve Ecosystem. This allows you to control and automate devices and appliances, as well as monitoring indoor and outdoor environments from your smartphone.
- Sleep Number c2 Bed. This mattress will track and optimize your sleep.
- Luna Mattress Cover. This is a hypoallergenic mattress cover that protects you from mites and bacteria. It can also track your sleep and even warm your bed.
- Big Ass Fans Haiku. An exotic looking ceiling fan that contains an extremely energy efficient motor. You can also control it via your phone, Alexa, or Nest.
15. Boho Style Bedroom
Bohemian style simply means bright colors, crazy patterns, and an artistic vibe. A boho-styled bedroom is one of the best ways to express your personality while creating a warm and inspiring atmosphere.
If you need some ideas, here are 30 fascinating boho-styled bedrooms.
16. Art You Love
Another way to show your personality is buy investing in art that you love. Since art is subjective, this is totally up to you. Whether if it’s memorabilia, original pieces of art, personal photographs, or found pieces, there’s no excuse for having bare walls, tables, or floors in your home.
A great place to start is by reviewing these sites suggested by Architectural Digest.
17. Secret Room Hidden Behind Bookshelf
I’m a voracious reader. As such, I need several bookshelves. Personally, I think every home should have at last one bookshelf in your home filled with your personal favorite literature.
But, how can you take this to the next level? By having a hidden room located behind your bookshelf.
Want to see how it’s done? Read this Business Insider article that highlights Sara Nainzadeh who spent $25,000 on a custom-built secret room.
18. Theater/Game Room
Spice up your basement and convert into an awesome and breathtaking theater or game room. Just browse through Pinterest and you’ll see everything from a modern-home theater to a replica of a 1920s movie theater. As for game rooms, you could build your own bowling alley or 1980’s arcade.
I’m not just talking about the run-of-the-mill leather made from cattle hide. Instead, I’m talking about furniture, table tops, pillows, and rugs made from alligator, crocodile, stingray, python, and zebra skin. It sounds a bit out there, but these skins have a more unique appearance that will add visual flair to your home.
You can purchase exotic leather items from a company like Pan American Leathers.
20. Vacuum Baseboards
Tired of getting out the dust pan when there’s a mess on the floor? That’s a problem you no longer have to worry about thanks to vacuum baseboards. Just take your broom and brush any debris towards the an opening and the central vacuum system will take of the rest.
21. Outdoor Decor
Looking for a way to spice-up your deck, patio, or lawn? Steal these ideas from around the world.
- Peru: Vertical gardens
- Japan: Rock gardens
- Italy: Bocce court
- The Caribbean: Ocean accents
- Morocco: Lanterns and poufs
- Spain: Pavers and tiles
- France: Fields of lavender
- Germany: Beer garden
- Mexico: Hardy succulents
22. Pool/Hot Tub
A pool an hot tub isn’t just a luxury. There’s actually health benefits like stress relief, weight loss, arthritis treatment, and improved circulation. Pools and spas can also help you get a better night’s sleep.
But, instead of just your average pool or hot tub, have some fun with it. You don’t have to build a waterpark, but something as simple as an infinity edge is enough to make your pool standout. Once again, here’s some ideas courtesy of Pinterest.
23. A Wall That Plays Music When It Rains
According to Atlas Obscura, “when the rain starts to fall, this colorful drain and gutter system attached to the outside of a building in the Neustadt Kunsthofpassage turn into charming musical instruments. The Funnel Wall is one of the strangest and most enjoyable attractions in Dresden’s student district in the new town.”
A pretty cool way to do something on the exterior of your home.
24. Outdoor Office
With remote work becoming increasingly popular, it’s necessary to have your own home office. Sometimes that’s just not possible because you don’t have the extra space in your home. Even if you do have the room, your home is full of distractions.
The solution? An outdoor office.
25. Worx Landroid M
I’ve been mowing lawns my entire life. As soon as I was able, mowing my family’s yard was my responsibility when growing up. As a homeowner, ditto, I’m still doing this chore.
Actually, I don’t mind it. But sometimes you just don’t have the time to mow the lawn — or it’s dealthy hot outside. That’s when the Worx Landroid M comes in handy. It’s an unmanned mower that even has sensors that will turn it off it starts raining.