If you have the means to undertake a high-end remodel of your Portland, Oregon, home, take plenty of time to dream about the luxuries you might include. And then start prioritizing your list of features to determine which ones will be essential to your remodel. Of course, everyone’s list will be different, based on lifestyle, family situation, interests, and budget. Here are some features that will appear on most lists, and some more extreme choices that won’t be for everyone.
Luxury Master Suite
Let’s start with your master bedroom and bath. Because you will be spending so much time there, it should make you feel happy, comfortable, and pampered. The bedroom should have carefully placed windows for views and natural light. It might have a sitting area, and possibly a morning bar. A capacious walk-in closet and dressing room are must-haves, as is a spa-like bathroom.
If you love soaking, by all means include a soaker tub, but don’t bother if it’s a trendy addition that you’d seldom use. A glass-enclosed, walk-in shower with multiple shower heads usually is high on homeowners’ lists, and don’t forget separate sinks and vanity areas, plenty of storage, and in-floor heat. Other possible luxury touches include towel warmers and high-end toilets.
[Read More: 14 Must Haves for Your Master Bathroom]
Visitors to your home should feel like they have arrived somewhere special when they walk in. An impressive entryway is spacious, has a vaulted ceiling, and often features a grand staircase leading to the second story, if you have one.
Often, a remodel will involve adding space on a second floor, but it doesn’t have to. A home on one level has many advantages, including ease of outside maintenance, better regulation of temperature throughout the house, and the biggest plus: no stairs for people with limited mobility to contend with.
The whole idea behind universal design is that, although it makes a home easier for aging and mobility-limited people to live in, it also improves the quality of life for anyone of any physical abilities.
Universal design takes the form of wider doorways and halls, rocker light switches, lever door handles, no-threshold shower entries and doorways, augmented (but dimmable) lighting, and countertops and vanities of varying heights.
If you’ve lived in an older home that was built before 8-foot-high ceilings became standard, you’ll know how a 9-foot ceiling improves the feel of a room. In a remodel, you might have the ability to incorporate this desirable feature in new spaces.
Yes, Portland has its weather challenges, but it’s possible to design an outdoor space that can be a delight even in a cloudy, rainy climate. There’s no question that spending time outdoors is good for you, and a pleasant, comfortable space that allows you to do that is well worth the cost and effort. So be sure to put livable landscaping and outdoor living spaces high on your list of essentials.
Some Dream Features
The following list includes some features, such as a bowling alley, that will seem extreme for some people but must-haves for others. Take a look and see what you’d like on your wish list:
- Hot tub or sauna
- Indoor pool
- Library (with rolling ladder, of course)
- Hidden passageway (swinging bookcase or mirror, pass-through wardrobe)
- Home theater
- Deluxe doghouse
- Dog shower
- Home gym
- Indoor basketball court
- Wine cellar (or wine room/tasting room)
- Climbing wall
- Tennis court (indoor or out)
- Home arcade/game room (ping-pong, air hockey, foosball, pachinko, pinball, pool)
- Bowling alley
- Gourmet kitchen
- Outdoor kitchen
- Putting green
- Built-in aquarium
- Home office
- Deluxe playground for kids
- Super-creative kids’ bedrooms
- High-end garage