What do you think makes a house a home? Is it a comfy sofa? Having a private space just for yourself? Or perhaps it’s being able to gather family and friends together?
Those are just a few of the top 30 things that make a house a home, according to British homeowners in a recent study conducted by House Beautiful. A home is so much more than just a place to rest your head for the night – especially at the moment.
In 2020, we’ve all spent a lot of time at home. Our residences have become our offices, gyms, cinemas and sanctuaries too. No wonder people are reimagining how they live, wanting to get a better balance between work, living and leisure.
Luxury home living makes the juggling act much more simple. Here we explore just how a carefully designed, spacious and beautiful home can help you get more from every aspect of your lifestyle.
Eating and sleeping are essential – and deeply enjoyable – activities. No wonder, then, that kitchens and bedrooms are the starting point when we design an Aspire home – they’re crucial when helping our clients live their lives to the fullest.
Kitchens are always at the heart of a home. In fact, most people spend almost three years of their lives cooking and preparing meals in them. So it’s worth ensuring you have a kitchen that enables you to spend that time well, enjoyably and in comfort.
With a luxury home, kitchens have an almost unlimited scope for customisation. You can create an ideal space that’s been carefully crafted to fit your individual needs. Rare-marble worktops, bespoke cabinetry, statement light fittings, or even a walk-in wine cellar are just some of the possible ideas when creating the kitchen in your bespoke luxury home.
We spend even more time in the bedroom, with studies showing that we spend a massive 26 years of our lives sleeping. Quality of sleep has a huge impact on health and performance, so it’s worth investing in a bedroom designed for the best rest possible.
It pays to get the fundamentals right first. Blocking light and noise using specialist window treatments and sound insulation materials mean bedrooms in an Aspire home are a peaceful sanctuary from the busyness of the outside world. Precise temperature controls and air filtration help you rest and recharge in maximum comfort. Supplement those with a great-quality mattress and your 8-hour nightly snooze is practically guaranteed.
Work is important, and so is where you do it. Unfortunately, many of us are trying to be productive in makeshift home office spaces that haven’t been designed for work. If you’re working on the kitchen table it becomes all too easy for the lines between work and leisure time to get blurred. And that’s not great for your work-life balance.
One of the biggest benefits of owning a high-end home is having the luxury of space, and the flexibility to use of this space as we see fit. As a result, it becomes far easier to create dedicated workspaces that enable a boundary between work and leisure. Your ideal home workspace should allow you to perform at your best, with minimal distractions, while also being somewhere you enjoy spending time.
And a home office can be as luxurious as you want it to be, tailored to your exact specifications. Start with smart lighting and hand-crafted cabinetry, add best-in-class technology and finish it off with bespoke furniture. Give yourself a space in which to do your best work – one that also enables you to leave it behind at the end of the day.
Your home is also your place to relax and wind down. And that’s where a high-end home can really come into its own. Whatever you enjoy doing in your downtime, you can create the perfect space for it.
In fact, designing the entertainment and leisure spaces can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of crafting your own luxury home. It’s also a way you can add value and originality to your home.
Give yourself space to de-stress by including a pool, a gym, a spa or a yoga room (or all of the above). Spend quality family-time in a dedicated game room, complete with its own pool table and wet bar. Or break out the popcorn in a state-of-the-art home cinema perfect for relaxing or entertaining.