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.
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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.
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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.
Outdoor Pool Area
You may simply want a relaxing place to relax and enjoy being outside. One way to achieve that is with an outdoor pool area that’s convenient to the house but also takes full advantage of the views around you. Here’s a look at an outdoor pool area (that also includes an outdoor kitchen, eating area, and seating area) that was part of a whole home remodel we did in Lake Oswego. The owners can swim laps, or relax in the built-in hot tub and enjoy the fantastic view from the infinity pool. It's hard to imagine a more relaxing setting.
Watching movies at home these days can be so much more than simply sitting on the couch with a bag of microwaved popcorn. If your family enjoys browsing through the latest Netflix offering or watching classic movies from the comfort of home, you can do it in comfort and style. Adding the right lighting and window coverings can make your experience that much better. And don’t forget about insulation or sound-proofing so that you can crank up the volume when you want without disturbing other members of the household.
Perhaps you are one of those people who loves to stay in shape but doesn’t love the idea of driving to a crowded gym to share equipment with total strangers. A home gym can be the answer to that dilemma. You can select the equipment that best serves your specific workout needs, and you can choose a décor that matches your sense of style. Of course, you’ll want to engage a remodeler who will ensure that the room you renovate will handle the equipment you plan to use—and will be a comfortable and healthy environment in which to exercise.
Wine Cellar/Tasting Room
Oregon Wine Country has earned itself a reputation for producing great wines. Maybe you've become a bit of an oenophile yourself! Whether you simply enjoy sipping a glass of wine on occasion—or enjoy collecting and sharing wine with your friends, you may want to think about adding a place to store and enjoy the fruit of the vine. Your choices can range from installing a small free-standing wine refrigerator to creating a full-blown cellar and wine tasting room to enjoy vintages. Here’s a helpful post that will help you explore your options and choose the right solution for your wants and needs.
Increasing numbers of us work from home regularly. Whether you occasionally work from home or do it daily, you'll want an office space that allows you to be comfortable and productive. Simply shoving a desk into a spare bedroom doesn't create the kind of environment that's conducive to doing your best work. A well-designed home office can create the kind of space that lets you get plenty of work done from the comfort and convenience of your own home.
Whether you enjoy woodworking, working on cars, or doing crafts, having the right space in which to pursue those hobbies makes them a lot more enjoyable. So often garages are under-utilized. It doesn’t have to be that way! With proper planning and design, you can turn your garage into a space that’s perfect for your hobby. Even if your goal for your garage is to have it better organized so that you can easily store (and access) seasonal items, a well-designed garage can make life a lot easier.
Additional Dream Features
What we’ve highlighted here is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to high-end home renovation and remodeling. Depending on your desires and your budget, you might want to add some of the following features to 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