This post is dedicated strictly to home additions, and for those homeowners that are thinking about going on that wild renovation journey that so many talk about, but may never actually work on. We get a lot of custom home owners saying to us ‘Ron, I wish I would have known about this before going with a custom addition’. Well, now there’s so much research put into renovating, and so many bids are given to each homeowner before they choose a contractor, that those questions or statements are rarely getting uttered anymore.
For the most part, home designers are doing their part to make sure that each bid includes all the custom tailorings, and that everything is laid out from the type of stone to the type of wood being used on any home. Often times, there are centerpieces that custom home designers want the homeowner to focus their attention on, such as a fountain in the middle of an entry way, or a custom fireplace in the middle of a den. These perfect additions are nothing more than luxury, but they are what the wealthier homeowners are looking for.
Of course you want each and every home additions to run in accordance to what the home currently looks like. If there is a home with a more elegant and modern look to it, you won’t see any contemporary and flashy pieces or additions being added to it. You will see all builders making sure that they add to the home in good taste, and don’t go against the current quality of the home. We’re not simply talking about normal home builders here, we’re talking about the builders that import their pieces of luxurious additions from Italy, and a lot of the specific nuances they add to homes are meticulously thought out. We have recently seen some hearths that have gone above and beyond the normal standards for hearths, and they make the fireplaces in homes look that much better. Mantle pieces are cleverly drawn out, and made from only the finest woods that won’t show age over time.
Our current favorite home additions happen to be in exterior landscaping, and the fantastic spin that most luxury home builders outsource their work to custom landscapers to perform fabulous work. We saw a recent landscaping job in Fort Lauderdale that came in at a whopping price of over $140,000 for the backyard landscaping job! This project took over a month, and involved building two gazebos around the corners of a pool, with fountains running out from under the gazebos. The stone that was added to the backyard was perfectly shaped to go with the decor around the pool, and the homeowners were in love from the moment they saw the new addition.
We’re a bit lucky to see all of these new additions, and to see them in some of the homes that we property manage. When we see these additions, we like to ask a ton of questions to make sure that we can recommend great contractors or builders when we come across them.