Green-Wise Trends in Luxury HomesDecember 27, 2011
REALTORS® and sellers alike are finding passive solar paneling, marble bathroom features, bamboo flooring, and incorporation of alternative energy sources into the home’s overall design, as well as addition of energy efficient appliances to be key motivators in a home’s attractiveness to prospective buyers. The biggest factor, however, in the concept of the “green mansion” is a return to basics, but with a lavish approach. True opulence and the height of style is no longer showcased in gratuitous, non-functional shows of wealth—gone are the days of gold-plated toothbrush holders! Today’s luxury homeowner favors tasteful investments in comfortable living that are good for the body, mind and environment.
A renewed emphasis on natural beauty and craftsmanship are at the heart of the new century’s luxury home market and luxury home owner. Green mansions are ones that incorporate smart sustainability into their design and home design elements are varied, but have in common that the luxury is not the money spent, but money that is well-spent. Bringing nature into the home, with “endless rooms” that showcase glass walls, outdoor kitchens that incorporate nature into the home’s livability, atrium entertainment areas and design details such as hand forged iron works or natural stone are just a few of the ways that a green mansion can incorporate sumptuousness and sustainability for the new luxury home buyer.