50 Years of Luxury Homes
Luxury Living Design In The Last Fifty Years
Luxury living in the most modern and well-designed homes has changed considerably over the last 50 years.
The major drivers of home designs have been the increasing number of affluent people that demand a high level of comfort and convenience in their homes and the development of new materials for home construction. Architects have reached into the past and ventured into the future to develop homes that present the most modern styles, have the largest space for living and working, and present the unique and authentic home that makes your home something other people talk about and probably envy.
In the 1960s, split-level homes with blue, green, orange, and yellow exterior paint schemes were the height of fashion. Family sizes were dropping from as many children as you could possibly have to between two and four children. This change allowed each child to have a separate be room in a split level home. If you are too young to remember, a split level home had half a second story. The second story was often above the garage or basement.
Dark paneling for walls and wood paneling were the most modern home décor in the ‘60s. Electric ranges and automatic clothes washers had been developed to a price point that fitted most luxury homeowner’s budgets.
By the 1970s, the most discriminating homeowners opted for a ranch style home. A ranch home is a single level home with a long frontage. Sometimes called a rambler, a ranch home featured a lot of space, glossy woods, deep shag carpeting and mirrored walls. No luxury ranch home was complete without an outdoor whirlpool tub that was often the entertainment center even in the winter.
In the 1980s, large multilevel homes became the height of fashion. These luxury dwellings featured much more space, at least two floors and quite often three, and featured facades that were designed after historical periods like colonial and even Greco-Roman. Hard wood floors were the fashion in the ‘80s and the variety of woods and patterns that became available created a new industry. The master suite acquired a private bath and the kitchen became the most expensive room in the home as appliances increased in size, power and functionality.
The 1900s saw a continued increase in the size of luxury homes and an accompanying complexity in design. Rooms became larger in these homes and a great room with pillars or columns was the have to have item in a new home. Kitchen islands that made food preparation more efficient made their first appearance in luxury homes in the ‘90s. Built in storage in almost every room spawned a new industry. Flooring varied from room to room depending on the room design and function.
The luxury homes in the 2000s became two story structures with arched entrances and natural stone facades. Kitchens featured granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and huge farm house sinks. No luxury home was complete without an outdoor kitchen for entertaining and a workout room. Designers began to consider functionality and utility as a priority for the luxury homebuyer in the ‘00s.
While styles have changed over time, the ideal luxury home has always featured new designs, new materials, and changes in size and materials that kept pace with the changing lives and values of owners. Luxury home development has spawned numerous new industries that now cater to new home builders and people that are updating their home.
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