Looking to renovate? For many of us, a home renovation requires a great deal of financial planning. We look for sales and deals in order to get as much bang for our buck as possible. However, if you’re part of society’s elite and have an unlimited budget, the design possibilities are endless. If you count yourself part of this exclusive class or just want to dream, here are some of the world’s most extravagant home upgrades.
Macassar Ebony Wood Flooring
At about $150 per square foot, Macassar Ebony flooring is an extremely hard wood, brown with black stripes that is one of finest and most expensive types of hardwood flooring in the world. Having this type of rare wood, native to India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and South East Asia, milled into flooring will set your budget back a fair bit as it costs about 15 times more per square foot than most wood flooring. That said, if you’re buying Macassar Ebony flooring, you’re probably not too worried about the total price tag.
Stone countertops are an easy way to bring luxury to your kitchen. If you want the height of kitchen extravagance, a volcanic lava stone countertop will set you back about $260 dollars per square foot (mostly due to shipping costs). This relatively new type of countertop material is volcanic lava stone is extracted by hand from open-air quarries in Auvergne, France, then cut into slabs, glazed with enamel, and fired in a kiln at 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit. During cooling, a smooth crackled finish develops, which creates the stylish look of these highly sought-after countertops. If you can cough up the cash, lava stone is definitely worth the price as it is able to withstand high temperatures and offers even heat distribution, setting it apart from other types of stone countertops.
Audiovisual Theater Room
You’ll never have to leave the house if you install a multi-screen entertainment center inside your own home. Any entertainment system worth bragging about features a state-of-the-art surround sound systems, DJ station, fiber optic capabilities, electronically controlled lighting and shade systems. A high-end home theater isn’t complete without a touch-screen interface that controls all aspects of your home theater room. Include soft leather seating and maybe a snack bar and you’ll soon be charging your friends and family to watch a movie at your house! This might actually be a good way to pay off the hefty installation fee as these home theater rooms can cost $300,000 or more.
La Cornue Oven Ranges
Looking for an oven upgrade? If you don’t want to go cheap, you can always invest in quality by purchasing La Cornue appliances. Since 1908, La Cornue ovens have been handcrafted in a factory just outside of Paris and are made-to-order. For a meager $45,000, your very own La Cornue oven can be shipped to your home. Buyers can choose from 25 enameled finishes and 12 metallic trims. While most well-known for its vaulted oven ranges, La Cornue’s line of kitchen sinks and cabinetry will also add some luxury to your meal prep.
A copper bathtub will add a touch of luxury to your daily routine. Bathe in style in a $69,000 Archeo Copper Bathtub. Holding 71 gallons of water and made out of solid copper, this luxury tub is handcrafted by the same people who restored the Statue of Liberty’s torch and is able to fit just about anyone providing not only style, but comfort as well. The faucet and hand-held shower unit are a just as exquisite as the rest of the tub as they each feature a finely engraved starfish-on-seashell knob. Owning this luxury tub will quickly make your bathroom the most popular space in your house.
Wine Cellar Room
Why limit your wine collection to a lowly rack? For anywhere between $100,000 and $500,000 you can transform one of your rooms into a luxury wine cellar guaranteed to make any connoisseur jealous. Design your custom-made cabinetry using high-end hardwoods like white oak and walnut to properly show off your collection. Keep your vino cooled with artificial refrigeration and humidity control, which can regulate the environment at the touch of a button.