April 30, 2013
When searching for their next home, homebuyers have particular things in mind. They generally know how many bedrooms and bathrooms they want, what other rooms they would like to have, and the aesthetic or style they are most drawn to. It is not these things that truly sell a home, however. When comparing the various homes that are on the market, homebuyers are much more likely to be sold on details throughout the home that catch their attention when they tour through it.
This particular gorgeous home is an elaborate luxury living space made only more beautiful and comfortable by the thoughtful natural stone used throughout. This natural stone provides lovely detailing and enhanced functionality that make this home even more attractiveâ€”and therefore of greater value.
This picture depicts the stunning entryway of a luxury home. When entering, the first thing residents and guests see is the dramatic curving staircase to the side and the elaborate custom medallion in the floor. The travertine tile adds a warm natural look to the flooring, while the curved details mirrored in the medallion and wrought iron stair railing speak to the exquisite level of artistry and craftsmanship that will become even more evident throughout the home. The natural stone usage in the entryway immediately sets the stage for an elegant, classically luxurious home with a soothing, neutral color palette.
Of course, it is not the entryway of a home that holds the greatest value for prospective homebuyers. Though the first impression of a home is essential for conveying quality and value, it is the rooms throughout the home that will really convince a prospect to make a purchase.
One of the most valued rooms by prospective homebuyers is the bathroom. Industry experts place tremendous emphasis on the value of luxurious bathrooms, and recommend anyone who is interested in increasing their home value for future sale make luxurious and functional remodels to their bathroom. This home features an incredible soaking tub with a marble deck that perfectly pairs with the countertop. Granite flooring tiles and a dramatic granite and marble accent along the wall and tub deck give this master bath an indulgent, soothing atmosphere. Choosing the darker colors gives warmth and masculinity that does not overwhelm the space. The natural stone of the tiles allows for effective transference of warmth through the heating system to provide even greater comfort.
Research has shown that the most valuable room in a home for prospective homebuyers is the kitchen. This heart of the home is a central location for the family to spend time together, but also the hub for all entertainment done in the home. Homeowners who want to make the greatest boost in home value will make improvements to their kitchen. In this home the kitchen is given a warm, welcoming and luxurious look with the use of dramatic granite for the island, countertops and backsplash. The granite tile floor is of a lighter color and pattern, brightening the room and setting off the darker, complex coloration of the other stone in the room.
This incredible home is valued at just under $4 million. The impressive natural stone features making owning and living in this home comfortable and enjoyable, but also dramatically increase the resale value due to their beauty and function. Making natural stone improvements to a home can be costly, but can give an average of 70-80% return on investment. This is a massive return that gives major credence to the concept of enhancing a home with natural stone.