Houston Luxury Homes: Bigger Doesn’t Always Mean Better
Everything is bigger in Texas, especially when it comes to real estate, and according to some sources, Houston has the biggest homes of them all. Houston’s homes averaged 2,184 square feet, well above the national norm, and often included more luxury features such as over-sized bathrooms and premium quality finishes. Before the recession, new homes in the Bayou City averaged 2,873 square feet and has slowly been dropping the last several years. But, as some luxury homeowners themselves would like to point out, bigger doesn’t always mean better.
In fact, nationwide the trend in recent years has been towards smaller but more luxurious, well-appointed, thoughtfully designed homes located in neighborhoods convenient to urban amenities. Size, as it turns out, has no correlation to quality, luxury, or taste for that matter.
4 Ways to Build Luxury Without Adding Size
- More vertical space. High ceilings are a great way to create spaces that feel larger. Better yet, for engaging and intriguing interior spaces, consider varying ceiling heights based on use. More public spaces such as the living room get higher ceilings, while more intimate spaces, such as a study can have a lower ceiling.
- Better materials and finish out. Instead of adding more square footage, consider investing your money into quality materials and finishes that affirm luxury and distinction.
- More outdoor-indoor spaces. Add patios, covered decks and other non-air-conditioned areas to extend interior concepts to the outdoors. This will add functional and entertaining spaces without increasing the size of the house.
- Creative space design. Consider hiring an architect or designer to optimize your home’s living areas in new and innovative ways. Progressive building trends are showing more consumers trending towards removing hallways, formal dining rooms, and other conventional holdovers that aren’t used daily.