Build a luxury home from scratch or choose to remodel an existing home?
That is the question heard most often from homeowners in luxury communities. Both options allow homeowners to achieve the home of their dreams, but how does a homeowner decide which path is right?
“When deciding whether to build new or remodel an existing home, choosing a location is an important first step,” advises Diamond Custom Homes president Michael Diamond. As more estate homes continue to age and land becomes less and less available in high-demand neighborhoods and communities, the remodeling market will continue to increase, he believes.
“Luxury home remodels and renovations are at an all-time high in Southwest Florida because many of Naples’ magnificent residences, built during the real estate boom years in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, are now 15 to 20 years old and need remodeling,” he explains. His firm recently completed four luxury home remodels in the prestigious Grey Oaks community for homeowners who wanted to modify the interiors to fit today’s functionality and technology.
Contrary to what many might believe, luxury home renovations in the Naples area are not typically undertaken by existing homeowners who have been living in their home for many years. More exactly, the lion’s share of luxury home renovations are requested by the new homebuyer interested in making enhancements in an existing home to accommodate their vision and lifestyle.
“Many of today’s luxury home renovations include opening up the main floor plan to create an open, lighter and airy concept rather than the more formal layouts where interior walls intentionally divided each room by its specific function,” explains Diamond. “The challenge is to capture and combine the new homeowner’s style and interior design wishes with the existing estate’s practical needs,” he adds.
Luxury residence remodels often include replacing and upgrading mechanical systems such as the air conditioning system to enhance energy efficiency or adding state-of-the-art technologies such as low voltage home automation and lighting control to manage their living environments.
Flooring is frequently updated usually beginning with the removal of the original finishes then upgraded with contemporary products like wood, stone or large porcelain tile. Windows are regularly replaced to meet new wind code regulations and increase energy efficiency.
The centerpiece of a remodel is characteristically the renovations to the kitchen which can include relocating islands to offer expanded counter space, new appliances, lighting, countertops and customized cabinetry. Master and guest bathrooms are often brought up to date with new plumbing, shower enclosures, lighting, and countertop installations.
From complete custom home interior and exterior makeovers and room additions, to kitchen and bath renovations and architectural and design accents, Diamond Custom Homes covers the spectrum of home remodeling services. The company’s commitment to quality craftsmanship ensures each project reflects the individual client and the home they envision.
Since 2010, Diamond Custom Homes has been building estate homes throughout Naples including the luxury neighborhoods west of US 41. Offices are located at 6646 Willow Park Drive, Suite 5 in Naples, Florida.
For more information, call (239) 325-4600 or www.DiamondCustomHomesfl.com.