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Discerning buyers crave beautifully designed homes with high-end finishes in every room. Today’s savvy shoppers want luxury amenities that make their home a haven and a place they’ll never want to leave. Gourmet kitchens, home gyms, theatre rooms, game rooms and luxury ensuites are all features top designers incorporate into today’s executive residences.

Gourmet Kitchens Reign Supreme 

Prospective buyers love an open concept gourmet kitchen with oversized islands and top-of-the-line appliances clad in stainless steel. Top kitchen features that include sub-zero built-in refrigerators, range hood fans, built-in wine chillers, and walk-through pantries are prime features. Custom cabinetry in natural hardwoods is a must in glazes, finishes and imported and domestic panels to suit any décor from traditional and contemporary to modern and eclectic. 

Another “must-have” high-end design feature in today’s luxury homes is having a choice of high-end countertops. When only the best will do, buyers are opting for granite, marble, and quartz countertops to complement custom cabinetry. 

Smart Home Technology 

Home buyers also appreciate the newest trends in smart home technology – including being able to monitor and manage climate-control, security systems, lighting, music and more. Smart home technology offers homeowners peace of mind, safety and security with motion-sensitive cameras, remote-controlled HVAC systems, appliances and plumbing. 

From his Smartphone or iPhone, Dad can turn on the oven to start dinner before leaving work. Mom can monitor when the kids come home from school from her work computer or phone. Lock the doors, turn on the AC, close the garage door —all from your phone! Smart home technology is changing the way people live and making the living easy. 

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Great Rooms with an Amazing Focal Point

On the most wanted list for great rooms, sky-high 18-foot ceilings create a dramatic focal point and visually increase the space. A stacked stone fireplace adds ambience and warmth while welcoming family and friends for relaxing casual evenings. Floor-to-ceiling windows and doors frame a scenic view of the backyard and provide a seamless transition to the outdoors. Remote-controlled blinds ascend and descend as the sun rises and sets to keep the great room comfortable all year round. 

It’s Movie Night—At Home! 

Luxury home designers are incorporating high-end features that make homeowners want to stay home. A fully equipped home theatre can include an oversized drop-down movie screen and projector system to play your favourite flicks. Home theatre furnishings could also include a wet bar with built-in wine chiller and sub-zero refrigerator. Here too, remote-controlled blinds are a great option – allowing you to brighten the room when films are not being shown and convert the space into a game room or crafting space for Mom during the day. 

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A Spa-Like Retreat  

Pampered luxurious living starts in a spacious spa-like bathroom. Designer finishes include radiant heated tile flooring, hands-free toilets, and rain showers with wall-to-wall glass doors and Italian marble or Travertine tile tub surround. Residents can enjoy a luxurious soak in an over-sized jetted tub adjacent to a vanity fitted with glass vessel sinks and rubbed oil or burnished brass fixtures. 

Fitness Comes First 

home gym is a bonus for homeowners who want to stay fit without fighting traffic, waiting to use equipment or scrambling to get time with a trainer. The beauty of designing an in-home fitness centre is that it doesn’t necessarily have to take up a lot of space. Designate an entire room full of equipment, floor mats, and benches or utilize a corner of the bedroom or family room for an exercise bike. An astute interior designer can carve out a space—large or small—that meets individual needs and complements the décor of any high-end residence. 

An Outdoor Oasis: Fun for the Entire Family 

When it comes to designing with the entire family in mind, don’t forget the outdoors. Many luxury homes feature indoor/outdoor living spaces with all-weather kitchens, fire pits, paved covered patios, hot tubs, screened sunrooms and all-season rooms. Dad is the king of the grill in a custom crafted outdoor kitchen with gas range, a mammoth gas grill, built-in wine chiller and fridge, and everyone’s favourite: a pizza oven! 

These are just a few of the many high-end features available to you when you choose a premium home builder like Sterling. For more information on how we can help you create the home of your dreams, drop by any of our amazing show homes – we’d love to tell you more.

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