WHAT MAKES LUXURY HOME CONSTRUCTION DIFFERENT?
Building a custom luxury home has always been a different process than building a 3,000-square-foot colonial. The square footage, unique architectural elements, and luxury amenities of Fairfield County custom homes require unique engineering, materials, processes, and technologies. These are the homes that line streets such as Round Hill Road and Lake Avenue in Greenwich, CT.
Luxury Custom Home Structure
When building a custom home, architects and homeowners have the freedom to get creative with design. In a quest for unique, alluring lines, they often create large rooms, grand and unusual staircases, large walls that hold heavy stone or wood, etc. These types of designs often require the close consultation of an engineer and an experienced homebuilder. Fairfield County streets are lined with luxury properties that have overcome significant structural engineering and building challenges.
Home Building Materials
In the quest to create something special, homeowners often request indoor and outdoor spaces that require unique building materials. A good example would be a folding glass wall system. These are often full-wall folding doors perfect for bringing the outdoors in year round. Another example would be using specific materials to achieve thermal mass, an environmental building strategy that allows heat and cold to store and release. Brick is a material that has thermal mass, but wood does not.
There are numerous other high-end materials to consider, such as slate roofing, marble, teak, custom windows, and customized copper flashing. Because the goal is often to create something that stands out, the homebuilder must have skills and experience in dealing with these types of materials.
The involvement of an architect is one of the first processes that stand out when building a luxury home. Standardized homes are typically built using non-proprietary plans that can be purchased by the builder at very little cost. Because luxury homes are custom built, they require design from scratch. Other processes unique to this type of construction include the use of steel to support large open spaces, comprehensive drainage and waterproofing for large finished basements, and sourcing and installing hard-to-find, international materials, appliances, and finishes.
Luxury homes are fully equipped with home entertainment, whole-house speaker systems, wine cellars with humidity control, sophisticated ventilation systems, and more. But these technologies have been around for some time. Today’s latest tech involves making the home “smart.” Whole-home setups allow numerous smart appliances and systems to be operated by a main hub and/or your handheld device. Building new provides a great opportunity to get in on the latest smart home offerings right from the start.
If you’re considering building a luxury custom home, the sky is the limit when it comes to creating something special. Those who have built before know just how complex the process can be, and how many different materials and technologies come together to make that dream home come to life.