When it comes to building your new home, there are countless ways to add a little luxury to your design. Not only will these luxury finishes make everyday living easier, but they’ll add value to your home should you wish to resell in the future.

Here are five of our favourite ways to add luxurious elements to your custom home design:

1. Butler’s pantry

The butler’s pantry is a fantastic addition to any kitchen, offering new storage solutions while making entertaining easier than ever. The space was traditionally used to store silver, serving crockery and any other kitchen-related equipment, all looked after by the butler (hence the name).

These days, it’s not only a storage area for all your dry goods, but can be an extension of your kitchen, with a prep area and room for appliances such as a dishwasher, toaster, kettle, blender, coffee machine or even wine fridge.

A butler’s pantry can also make entertaining easier – store pre-prepared canapés ready for your guests’ arrival, or hide dirty dishes in between courses so that your visible kitchen space remains clean.

2. Double basins in the ensuite

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A double basin vanity is the ultimate of luxury finishes in bathroom design, offering all the comfort of a single bathroom in a space occupied by two people. It means never having to wait for your significant other to finish using the space, perfect for busy mornings or before going to bed. This freedom becomes a luxury in itself, reducing your stress and making everyday living that little bit easier.

Double basins also mean you can enjoy your own space, with all toiletries within easy reach. The surrounding storage space also increases, so there’s space for every bottle, tube, tub and appliance. This design feature is especially valuable to future home buyers, making for a worthwhile investment when first building your home.

3. Glass splashback

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The glass splashback is a classic yet contemporary addition to any kitchen, satisfying both form and function. The material is naturally impervious to water, bacteria and grease, and with no grout lines to capture dirt, it’s incredibly hygienic. Proving you use tempered glass, it’s also heat and impact resistant, so will survive the harshest of cooking challenges!

The sheer variation in colours and finishes means you can create something unique to match your overall kitchen aesthetic, while the light-reflecting ability of the material means your kitchen will appear larger and brighter, regardless of your selection!

4. Walk-in wardrobe

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When it comes to bedrooms, is there anything more luxurious than a walk-in wardrobe? Offering a new level of space, convenience and versatility, it’s a chance to build organisation into your life!

The most obvious benefit of a walk-in wardrobe is the additional level of space – it allows you to sort your clothes, shoes and accessories more efficiently, which in turn extends their lifespan as they are allowed to breathe. Proper ventilation also reduces the chance of mould and mildew building up!

Additional features, such as a dressing table or mirrors, can transform your walk-in wardrobe to a dressing room, providing even more space to prepare for the day, or wind down after a busy afternoon.

5. Wine cellar

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For wine lovers, a cellar is the ultimate in luxury finishes. It allows you to successfully display and update your collection of wine with minimal fuss, while creating the perfect conditions for storage. Temperature and humidity are two of the biggest factors when it comes to cellaring, so having a specific space in which to control these will ensure your collection is looked after in the short, medium and long-term.

On top of this, a wine cellar undoubtedly adds prestige to any home, increasing its resale value.


Should you looking to integrate luxury finishes into your custom home, get in touch with the team at McGowan Homes. As the specialists in luxury custom homes for clients in the Gold Coast, we’d be more than happy to discuss your vision.

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