As swish as a resort. Picture: Hallbury Homes
Who doesn’t love a five-star hotel room?
There’s the enormous, soft-as-a-cloud bed; the marble bathroom with dual sinks and decadent rain shower; and the glamorous lobby.
The good news is that builders are increasingly catering to our desire for luxury touches at home, allowing homeowners to feel they’re on a permanent, high-end holiday — minus the sunburn and minibar bill.
“When you get home, you want to relax and enjoy the space you have built,” Hallbury Homes director Glenn Smith said. “People love the appeal of the hotel look as it’s clean, fresh and modern.”
The look of luxe. Picture: Hallbury Homes
For builder Metricon, a beautiful main-bedroom suite is fundamental to creating a sense of hotel luxury, and the finest examples can be found in its Signature by Metricon range.
“A master bedroom is not just a place to tuck in and get some sleep,” Metricon design manager Ricky D’Alesio said. “(It also) provides the much-needed personal sanctuary space that allows you to rest and rejuvenate.”
Mr D’Alesio said in some cases this had meant bigger main bedroom suites being built, but not always.
“In some instances, the master suites have become larger, but more commonly we’re designing bedrooms to incorporate more of the features that are needed to make the smartest use of space.”
Dream maker: a lavish bedroom. Picture: Metricon
So, what are the must-haves in a hotel-inspired bedroom?
Budget, of course, plays a role in determining the level of luxury, but generally speaking, all homeowners, including first-home buyers, expect the main bedroom to have an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.
“From there up, people are looking for larger, more elaborate ensuites, dressing rooms, study nooks, a parents’ retreat and even private outdoor zones,” Mr D’Alesio said.
No matter what their design choices, most buyers are looking for a main bedroom that offers a degree of privacy.
“We offer a range of designs where our master suites are zoned away from the living hubs of the home to help encourage this seclusion,” Mr D’Alesio said.
A luxurious bathtub, double shower and double vanity are a staple of many Metricon ensuites these days.
Meanwhile, private outdoor zones are becoming popular additions, Mr D’Alesio said.
They might take the form of a balcony off a second-storey main bedroom, or an outdoor bath or shower connected to the main bedroom.
Mr D’Alesio said main-bedroom suites were expected to evolve even further to offer homeowners convenient features such as “coffee bars” with mini refrigerators and espresso machines.
A bathroom made for pampering. Picture: Metricon
Go with the flow
Of course, hotel luxury isn’t confined to the main-bedroom suite and can be incorporated into the overall design of modern homes.
Hallbury Homes focuses on three architectural principles — space, light and flow — to create a heightened atmosphere of luxury.
“To create space, we use ceiling heights of 2.7m or more, higher doors, and voids to maximise the internal space,” Mr Smith said.
“We remove traditional cornices and architraves, replacing them with plaster reveals and a square-set cornice to create clean and crisp lines throughout the home.”
Light is crucial to creating a luxurious feel and Hallbury uses skylights wherever possible to illuminate darker areas.
It also creates flow by including open corridors with glass to one side; sweeping rooms that are not confined or concealed behind walls; and open living areas that combine family, meals and entertainment into a cohesive environment.
And creating this spacious hotel-inspired luxury need not break the bank, Mr Smith said.
“Designing the home correctly to capture the architectural features that create the space, light and flow is primary, and will often override spending money on upgrades.”
High ceilings and natural light combine for a luxurious effect. Picture: Hallbury Homes
Creating a spacious, hotel vibe within a conventional building envelope requires a degree of ingenuity.
“What we find is that blocks for new homes are getting smaller, but customers’ requirements are getting larger,” Mr Smith said.
He pointed to Hallbury’s Stonehaven display as one of the company’s most luxurious offerings.
“As soon as you walk through the front door, you are greeted with a two-storey void that immediately gives you a sense of space and luxury,” he said.
Windows that span both floors of the design help give the sense of a floating space.
“More and more, I am seeing the Soho-loft style appearing in designs. Those double-height open areas with balustrading are becoming a true luxury look,” Mr Smith said.
If money is no object, you can always take the hotel vibe to the next level.
“Of course, no hotel look is complete without a poolside view,” Mr Smith said.
“We are noticing that more customers are adding pools that abut the house, which has its complications, but the look is stunning.”
A design promoting rest and rejuvenation. Picture: Hallbury Homes