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Design Elements That Take Your Home From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Posted On November 23, 2017

What really distinguishes a luxury property from other properties, apart from the hefty price tag? Traditionally it may have been all about size but these days luxury buyers have other features in their sights.

The “wow factor” is key to luxury home design.  Luxury properties need something that sets them apart from everyday homes. This might be the technology set-up, the design or the amazing finishes, but when you put them all together you get the ‘wow’.



Lighting is one of the most overlooked and yet important elements of good interior design.  lighting is essential in terms of creating the mood and ambience of a living space, so getting it right from the start is vital.

Of course, getting the lighting right in a luxury design scheme isn’t just about where lights are placed or how strong or bright they are.  The light fittings and lamps themselves are an element of the overall design and, when chosen to fit perfectly with the style of the room, they have the potential to give life to the space.

When thinking about lighting it is important to consider it both artificial and natural light.  Optimising the use of natural light, however, is key, both in terms of practicality and in order to be able to appreciate the beauty of the space.

A house filled with sunlight is cheery, warm and inviting. Throughout the day, the sun marks time, subtly changing the color and shape of rooms. Like water and fire, sunlight is an elemental part of our existence—and a fundamental component of green design. Buildings with abundant daylight help keep us physically and emotionally healthy. They also reduce the need to turn on electric lights during the day, cutting lighting energy consumption by 50 to 80 percent.



There is no second chance for a first impression, and when it comes to your home’s interior design, the entrance is the first element that anyone visiting your home will experience. This is where the design of your home’s interior should make its first impression on any guest, and it should be a good one too!

Often in the fight to squeeze everything into a floor plan, the entry is the first casualty.  However, sacrificing space in this area can have a massive impact on how guests perceive the interior which in turn sets the tone for how they experience the rest of your home’s design and décor.



Staircases can be one of the most important spaces in the design of a home but too often they get ignored and forgotten. A good staircase will make an easy transition from one level to another, usually emphasising the shift from common areas to more private areas. Joining together the design of the surrounding rooms at the bottom of the stairs while inviting you into the privacy of the rooms at the top, a good staircase can really make others feel welcome into the home while maintaining some boundaries of privacy. Just by choosing the right bannister and surrounding decor, it’s easy to make the staircase stand out as the centre piece around which the rest of the home flows.


Butlers pantry

A butler’s pantry can help keep your home looking clean, tidy and highly functional. Plenty of storage is a must, including open shelving for easy access and a small sink and extra dishwasher to help keep the mess from food prep and cooking out of sight.

When planning the layout, include a long, open bench and plenty of power points to hide away everyday electrical items such as toasters, kettles, juicers and coffee machines. This will keep your kitchen benches free of clutter.

Consider including a hidden cavity sliding door so that any mess can be quickly hidden away when guests arrive. A wine and/or beer fridge is a luxury inclusion that will free up space in your fridge.


Landscape Design

While landscaping typically isn’t thought through until the end of the home build, considerations for landscaping made in the early stages will ensure you optimise your outdoor space for your specific lifestyle needs.

Your custom built home should seamlessly integrate into the outdoor landscape and, for the best result, both aspects need to complement each.  Even if you put certain pieces off until later, you can at least lay the necessary groundwork to avoid costly re-dos later.


At Cambuild, we focus on luxury and quality in homebuilding. One way that we accomplish this is by obsessing over the design considerations of our clients’ homes. Whether you’re building a custom designed home or renovating an existing one, we’ll work hard to ensure that every aspect of your new living space is perfect. This includes giving meticulous attention to your home’s layout and selections.

Find out how we can help you with your new home design or renovation and help you build the home you’ve always dreamed of living in.


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