Ever wondered what are the millionaire must-haves when buying a new home? Estate agents Barton Wyatt have put together a list of 13 must- haves for those captains of industry, celebrities and royalty who know exactly what they want.
1. Dress to impress.
A recent study revealed that 45 per cent of modern women choose a walk-in wardrobe as the ultimate status symbol, but Barton Wyatt would put this figure at 100 per cent for their clients and they usually want two – his and hers versions ideally decked out in beautiful oak panelling.
2. Time for tea The latest in kitchen wizardry is the constant boiling tap. Gone are the days of waiting for the kettle to boil, at the push of a lever choose between filtered boiling and chilled water which appears almost instantly from the same tap. 3. Thank you for the music No home is complete without a state-of-the-art music streaming system. Modern homes these days will have speakers cleverly sunk into the ceiling of many of the rooms. These music systems will wirelessly manage all your music; you can create playlists and individually control the volume in every room.
4. Bath time The absolute luxury for those with enough space in the home is to have a Mr and Mrs bath-suite.
5. Wine o’clock A top-end home would be incomplete without a wine cellar. Either designed within the basement or quite often fitted as an after-build project. A watertight, pre-cast cylindrical system that’s sunk into the ground, it can be located anywhere from kitchen to conservatory, workshop to study. 6. Colour TVs 108ins models are starting to drop in price and are the new in-thing, it will not be long before ‘whole wall’ models will become the very latest in TV fashion.
And a serious show-off might have their own private cinema room, a TV in the jacuzzi, the end of the bath or even as a splash back on your cooker!
7. Get green fingered Savvy developers spend huge amounts on planting estab-lished trees, box hedging and, on occasion, lavish topiary, to work wonders for a sale. The latest homes are also designed with water collec-tion from the roofs and driveway fed into vast under-ground storage tanks, to make sure you are as environ-mentally friendly as possible.
8. Petrol heads The fanciest garages are hidden underground – one particularly fabulous one had a car lift to whisk the cars underground and away from prying eyes.
9. Super-size means quick sale With the advent of under-floor heating and huge capacity boilers, small rooms are a thing of the past. The houses that race out the door have massive rooms up and downstairs and give houses a tremendous feeling of light and space. These rooms will incorporate a lavish kitchen, dining area and seating for many guests as well as huge master bedroom suites.
10. As safe as houses State-of-the-art security is all the rage for your mansion-pad. Panic rooms, CCTV cameras in the grounds, and a direct phone to the police might seem a little over the top but, for some families, especially royalty, this might be a good investment.
11. A helping hand Busy families with busy lives often mean a live-in nanny or housekeeper is required to keep things ticking over – and they will require accommodation.
For the absolute best results staff accommodation will include its own entrance and en-suite bathroom with a kitchenette.
12. Hanging on the telephone – not any more The drive for universal mobile phone coverage has seen masts hung from every street corner and disguised as fir trees, clocks and even church windows. Now miniature versions containing a 3G transmitter and receiver have been made available for your living room. Don’t worry, the radiation levels are minimal, no more than a regular wi-fi router, and you can connect the ‘mast’ to your router enabling it to carry the calls, emails and mobile wi-fi through your existing broadband connection.
13. The cupboard was bare Have you ever dreamed of having too much storage space? Well this is a very in-vogue thing to impress your friends. Throwing open the cupboards of your new home to show them just how much space you have has become a sign of luxury. To be bang on-trend, the items hanging should all match and be colour coded too!