Why some luxury houses make better forever homes
If you are looking to invest in your ideal, forever home, then you understand how important the searching process is. Once you sign that dotted line, you are responsible for any future changes you wish to make, but some things simply cannot be changed. Viewing houses for sale is therefore a task one cannot take lightly. The search for a place in which to settle is not just reserved for young families either. Everyone, from single professionals to retiree couples, sometimes seeks to invest in a permanent space to call home, and each person has their own needs. It is, therefore, vital to consider features that set some houses apart from others when it comes to investing in a residence in which to spend the rest of your life.
Timeless architectural design
If it is a forever home you are seeking, then going after houses with a “trendy” design may not always be a good idea. Classic design elements, such as large windows and doors, high-quality finishes, symmetry, traditional design motifs, and reliable building materials, all contribute to timeless architecture that will look just as good in 30 years as it does today. Long-term functionality should always be prioritised.
Room for expansion
Depending on how many years you foresee living in your new home, you will need to ensure there is enough room for expansion. For many households, this may be due to the addition of children or guests. Others may want to make living areas or bathrooms a little larger. A spacious property that offers you the option of expansion is always a superb idea.
As the years go by, it is normal for households to accumulate belongings. From clothing and appliances to sentimental, personal items, you will need space to keep it all safe. Houses with too little built-in storage space may eventually become a frustration and will require costly upgrades to install cabinets or cupboards that make more use of available wall space.
Certain finishes and hardware are going to last you longer and will be much easier to clean, repair, and maintain over the years. Houses with stain- and scratch-resistant flooring, for example, mean you won’t need to replace the floors every few years.
Flexible living spaces
Houses undergo many changes over the years. Offices get converted into baby rooms, and storage spaces become play areas. Then, once the kids have grown and left the nest, these spaces can again become studies, libraries, and hobby rooms. Flexible living spaces that can serve multi-purpose functions are always a superb feature in a property. Think about how you will need your home to adapt to you over the years before settling on an investment.
Accessible main areas
As we age, mobility becomes more difficult and ease of access becomes a priority. Homes with stairs, for example, might make bedrooms or bathrooms hard to reach. Ensure that you always have the option of converting a ground floor area into a master suite and bathroom and that spaces such as the kitchen and living area are easy to get to. Look for houses with wider walkways and hallways, and account for the fact that safely manoeuvring through your home may one day become a necessity.
Lastly, think about spaces that bring you joy, such as a spacious garden, a patio, or recreational areas. It is here that you will feel most at home.
If you are seeking luxury houses for sale and wish to partner with an estate agency of distinction, why not get in touch with Fine & Country South Africa? We will assist you with every phase of your buyer’s journey – from viewing properties to signing that dotted line. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact our team today.