How To Buy and Sell
One must seek value in any home purchase. Designing
for your family is important as you keep in mind the potential
for resale. Obviously the location of the house, whether
in a suburb or rural area and the amenities nearby including
hospitals, food stores, restaurants, retail, and entertainment
complexes are basic factors.
However most luxury houses do
not necessarily need to be close to city services and most
often are found in rural areas where more land is available to
create an estate and the landscape or terrain may offer
special views, clearer air, and privacy.
Buying or planning to build a home should consider the
following items from an Architectural viewpoint:
A. The house should be soundly built and free of
structural and environmental defects caused by poor site
planning or below par construction practices. Is the
house built in an area that drains properly?
house should have a special curb appeal and that means does
it look attractive and well proportioned? Are the
placement of windows and doors within the geometry or
massing of the main parts pleasing to the eye?
Are there any special features that are outstanding and well
integrated to the exterior? Do columns and arches,
roof lines, heights of floors, colors and exterior details
seem good and well connected?
D. Does the house
have a special character that is a result of all of the
above that makes it distinctive from other houses that are
E. When entering the house does it seem
dark or dreary or are there aspects of the interiors that
seem not to match the style of the exterior?
the floor to ceiling heights correct for the sizes of the
rooms? Do two story rooms have a 'tunnel effect' or is
the width and length of the rooms right for the height of
the ceiling? Do columns and arches have enough space
to frame well without interfering with other moldings?
Are the rooms in an order that makes sense? Does space
flow well from room to room? Are drops or rises in the
floor obvious or jarring?
H. Are materials used
inside complementary? Do the floors join from room to
room continuously or are there breaks to indicate that each
room or space is individual from the other?
Are colors complimentary or unnerving from room to room?
Should some rooms be closed from others rather than open?
An 'open plan' with rooms treated in contrasting or
opposing color schemes does not work as well as an open plan
with slight changes of hue, saturation, and intensity.
Is the design of baseboards, door and window trim,
paneling, wall and ceiling moldings well integrated?
Do they all look like they are from the same period?
Are moldings proportional to the items they frame? In
a smaller room does the crown molding look too large or in a
large space too small? Are there busy areas and then
large blank areas of wall treatment?
K. Are cabinets and
countertops well built and complementary of adjacent wall
paneling? Are there any masonry, wood, or metal
components that cannot be seen in any other area of the
house? (for example: an all stucco house exterior
including chimneys but a red brick fireplace and hearth
inside would look out of place)
L. Are the interiors
separated sufficiently for adults and children to live
together without interfering with each other's activities in
general? Are children's bedrooms too close to formal
M. Are hallways wide and tall enough for
the rooms they tie together? Do views of powder rooms
open to any formal rooms? Are laundries and bathrooms
sufficiently isolated from view and sound from formal rooms?
N. Are fireplaces, bars, and other amenities in proper
proportion to the spaces and walls they occupy?
Do lighting and plumbing fixtures seem period correct for
the style of the architecture inside and out?
Selling the Custom Luxury Home
If you have custom designed or purchased a great luxury
house based on the criteria above you should be able to
easily sell the house to interested and inspired buyers.
Buyers of luxury homes want to see quality of materials and
a design that supports the money asked in the sale.
the exterior have a balanced look between projections and
Are columns and arches designed
proportionally width to height and span?
interior complement the exterior concept? When
entering the house you should see a similar hand in the
details of the exterior.
If you furnishings are too
contemporary you may wish to stage the house with more
traditional furniture and accessories in order to keep the
style integrated overall.
Pricing a luxury house correctly is very important.
Even though adjacent properties may not be in the same
league as far as quality and style you cannot base your sell
price on some kind of community average. A luxury
house is special and must be presented with the idea that it
is much more than the number of square feet, room count,
You have a design and package that is grand,
beautiful and well laid out. The materials, colors,
and total effect is integrated throughout. The higher
end flooring, extensive moldings and casing, arches and
columns, wood and stonework fireplaces and accents are worth
much more than the sum of the parts.
A good Realtor
should be able to create a great presentation for the house
including possible fly overs and interior/exterior
photography to showcase all the special aspects of your
ARCHITECT ABOUT YOUR SPECIFICS