At the end of the day, everyone wants to come home to a space which is warm, welcoming and comfortable. But instead of just providing privacy, homeowners have started to focus on homes with inviting entertainment areas, a place where both family and friends are always welcome.
Linda Rossi, marketing manager for Toll Brothers, a luxury home builder, says the home is no longer just for the person who lives there. “It’s where people create memories and share their lives with family and friends. The emphasis is now on making a home feel inviting and comfortable.”
So what exactly do most home buyers want?
Courtyards – both interior and front entry – are in high demand tight now. These courtyards mean the difference between a noisy city street and a calm environment even before entering one’s home. Adding in an outdoor fireplace, comfortable seating and even soothing water features would allow a touch of elegance giving a great first impression to guests.
But it’s not just the front of the home that would need attention. The backyard should also have outdoor entertainment areas and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a resort-style swimming pool. It could be as simple as a nice patio with comfortable seating and plenty of space for a barbecue or an outdoor kitchen with refrigerator, wine coolers, a sink and plenty of counter space.
But of course, even in a state like Florida, the weather isn’t ideal for outdoor entertainment every day of the year. Keep in mind that indoors, there are still plenty of ways a home owner can still impress and entertain.
Homes with game rooms and home theatres have started to become more popular these days. A game room could have billiard tables, perhaps a wet bar with a mini refrigerator and a children’s area. A home theatre could be as simple as comfortable chairs in front of a home entertainment system or elaborate with stadium-style seating, huge screens and state-of-the-art equipment.
Kitchens with stainless steel appliances are starting to grow in popularity. Some kitchens with high tech appliances such as programmable ovens, and stove tops which actually help in cooking are also in high demand.
Fireplaces can also add a touch of old fashioned warmth to the home but it can be found in unconventional places such as the breakfast area and even the master bathroom.
And speaking of the master bathrooms, although homes are built for entertainment, a master bath is often one’s personal retreat. Some master baths have been designed to be lavish with over-sized showers and whirlpool tubs. This is one place in the home which will be the homeowner’s private sanctuary.
Whether you want to keep in trend with lavish home features or keep things low key, rest assured that the Great Florida Homes Team will be able to arrange for you to have a home that matches your lifestyle.