How To: Make Your New Home Feel Like a Resort

Bring the vacation vibes home by stealing a few design hacks from pros in the luxury resort industry. Whether you’re going for old-school glamour or sleek boutique hotel, designing a new staycation-worthy home is easier than you’d think.

  • Curate a theme throughout the home: Surprisingly enough, when it comes to making a space look extra-luxe less truly is more. While an expensive modern kitchen, colonial-style entry way, and traditional dining room may look stunning individually, trying to combine each individual style within one home often ends up looking cluttered, not creative. Work with your architect and designer to identify a theme and general style to carry throughout the home: from common colorways to recurring structural patterns like arched doorways or rounded windows. Whatever you choose, a coherent style guide is the first step to taking a new home from builder-grade to resort worthy.
  • Create welcoming and unique outdoor living spaces: forgo the traditional patio or deck scenario for an outdoor living space that feels just as luxurious as their indoor counterparts. From open-air living rooms complete with daybeds and ottomans around the fire-pit to restaurant-worthy outdoor kitchens perfect for dining al fresco, channel the all-inclusive feel of a resort by making friends and family feel comfortable anywhere in the house.
  • Include unique landscaping features in your home design (and budget!): Mimic the look of a high-end hotel with water features and installations, (think meditation fountains and koi ponds) and choose a monochrome color palette when it comes to designing a garden—coordinating colors makes your garden look unique and intentional, and will trick neighbors into thinking you’ve got an entire staff of gardeners keeping things fresh.
  • Emphasize both form and function: Resort spaces are well-organized, functional, and capable of making each space feel like its own private oasis. How do they do it? Careful planning with lots of beautifully functional storage spaces. From walk-in closets to clutter-hiding bathroom armoires, replicate the hotel feel by including plenty of built-ins and storage spaces in your new home.

Want to make your new home a relaxing oasis, or transform an older space into a modern retreat? Contact us today for an all-inclusive approach to building a home, from instant project estimates online to a guided tour of all the best local architects, builders, and designers.  

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