Luxury outdoor spaces
Opulence and luxury are two hallmarks of homes in the high-end real estate market. Home buyers can expect to find those qualities extending to the outdoor spaces surrounding these fine homes, as well.
Fully equipped outdoor kitchens are becoming more common in the high-end real estate market, especially in moderate climates where outdoor living all year long is a way of life. Even in the Midwest and Northeast, however, outdoor kitchen space is being integrated into enclosed patio areas, setting the scene for al fresco cooking and dining that can be enjoyed even when the snow is falling.
The key element to the luxury outdoor kitchen is a high quality oven and cooktop, and a high-end grill integrated into the counter top. Much like the interior kitchen, there are nearly endless options when it comes to oven styles for outdoor use. Typically, the outdoor kitchen design will carry over the décor from inside the home and could include sleek, modern stainless steel finishes or warm, Tuscan-inspired, handcrafted stone. Buyers are likely to discover many of the same luxury indoor kitchen names outdoors, as well. Jenn-Air has recently branched out to the luxury outdoor grill market, and the GE Monogram line features a full range of outdoor appliances. Adventurous outdoor chefs would also be wise to check out the entire Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet line, which features a gleaming array of outdoor cooking units, including a stainless steel, head-turning outdoor pizza oven.
Other common outdoor kitchen amenities include fully functional sink areas, outdoor refrigerators and freezers, and complete dining sets. Homeowners can host outdoor dinner parties without having to go in and out of the house throughout the meal, and accommodating a larger group is as simple as adding additional outdoor tables and chairs. One rising trend is the cooking class party. Here, homeowners to hire a notable local chef for an outdoor cooking lesson through a company like Big City Chefs, which works with local chefs in many metro areas.
Beyond the kitchen, luxury outdoor space often extends to lush relaxation areas that look a lot like interior living rooms. Homeowners are installing high-end, stone fire pits surrounded by comfortable, sumptuous seating from brands like Frontgate that goes miles beyond the typical folding lawn chairs. Water features are often included in these outdoors spaces, as well, and might include an intricate, multi-tiered fountain or a footbridge over a glistening Koi pond.
While the luxury homebuyer might expect to find an inground pool, lavish “poolscaping” has become increasingly popular in the high-end market. These pool and relaxation spaces, from brands like Blue Haven and Anthony & Sylvan, go well beyond the norm, featuring integrated, tiered water features, extravagant cabanas, and even swim-up, fully stocked bar areas. No expense is spared when it comes to creating some of these custom pool areas, many of which rival the best resorts in the world.
For the discriminating luxury homebuyer, an up-to-date, well-planned and carefully designed outdoor space can be just as important as the interior. Resort amenities are becoming commonplace in today’s market, from gourmet outdoor kitchen and dining to vacation-style relaxation in a private, poolside cabana.