Although the Richy Rich of the 90s generation may have built a roller coaster and water park in his home, the billionaire wunderkinds of 2015 are more likely to obsess over energy efficient insulation and appliances (and then build an energy efficient roller coaster, obviously).
According to luxury custom home builders, the top deluxe amenities in modern designer home plans in 2015 include:
- Stone bathtubs and showers
- Infinity, exercise, and saltwater pools (especially in parched California backyards)
- Home gyms with exercise equipment or a yoga studio
- Full outdoor kitchens (with unique add-ons like wood-fire brick pizza ovens)
- Vineyards and wine cellars
- Solar panels
- Personal home spas
Home prices may never recover to their levels before the 2008 recession, but since the inflated prices came from a bubble the size of the Epcot Center, that’s probably for the best. Even so, designer home builders say the most unique luxury custom house floor plans can actually increase the value of a property by more than their installation cost to the homeowner.
Designer home plans can also offer convenience as well as value. Integrated electronic systems are a popular feature for tech-savvy homeowners. So-called “smart systems” connect devices like smartphones or tablets to the home’s electronic, security, and temperature controls. Now, everyone in the family can turn up the AC or check the surveillance footage at the push of a button (for better or worse).
And because 57 million Americans live in households with two adult generations, guest homes are common features or additions to luxury custom home designs, according to Pew Research Center. For U.S. residents who live with parents, or even in-laws, a guest home can make life easier for everyone. Typically, a guest or pool house is limited to 1,200 square feet and contains one or two bedrooms.
If you have the money, the only limitations to designer home plans are your imagination — and the building codes of your local homeowners association.