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Our Top Luxury Home Must-Haves

To Elevate Your Home and Give You More Time to LIVE.

Are you looking to elevate your home and make it do the heavy lifting for you? Then you have come to the right place! Today we’re covering our Luxury Must-Haves when renovating or building a new home. The list includes high-end kitchen appliances, custom millwork, and other items that can add more sophistication and functionality to your living space. Whether you're looking to update your existing home or start from scratch with a new build, our tips and insights will help you create a space that's as functional as it is beautiful.

Design by Dream House Studios. Photography by Lee Kriel

Double Islands

If space allows, we HIGHLY recommend a double island. It gives the chef plenty of space to cook and prepare while still entertaining. Additionally, it's great for children, as it gives them a designated spot and keeps them out of the main cooking zone.

Beige traditional cabinetry with built in michrowave.
Project Collected. Photography by Lee Kriel

Built-in Microwave/ Microwave Drawer

Keep bulky appliances off the counter! Great for kitchens with less countertop space, it’s also visually appealing. In Lieu of a microwave, we also highly recommend a built-in warming drawer. Warming drawers help keeps all the dishes warm until its time to serve!

White kitchen with paneled appliances and marble countertops.
Project Vibrant. Photographed by Lee Kriel

Double Dishwasher

ESPECIALLY if you have kids or you're a big entertainer, a double dishwasher will make your life a MILLION times easier. No more handwashing the last of the dishes until your hands prune up, a dishwasher flanking each side of the kitchen sink will cut down on clean up and give you extra time to spend with loved ones, especially if you're the one who hosts the holidays. Bonus points for paneling the fronts like we did above!

Project Revive. Photographed by Lee Kriel

Automatic Glass Rinser

We’ve been told by our sommelier friend that the best-tasting wine comes from glasses that aren’t washed with soap. Great for fragile glassware that can’t make its way into the dishwasher, the glass rinser uses hot water to sanitize your glassware in a flash. Of course we all had to take turns playing with it once installed! It’s as fun as it is functional.

Project Rooted. Photographed by Lee Kriel.

Refrigerator Drawers

Keep the drinks for guests and kids away from the cooking zone for an easy grab-and-go drink option. You can also use it as an extra snack spot for kids. This allows everyone to help themselves, and it clears up fridge space! Win-win-win!

Project Haute. Photographed by Lee Kriel.


Why have one shower head when you can have all the shower heads? For a truly luxurious and spa-like experience, jets, rain showers, shower heads, and hand showers will get you CLEAN (lol) and relaxed!

Project Carefree. Photographed by Lee Kriel.

Built-Ins For your Shower

The tiny niches for your shampoos are NEVER ENOUGH. Give yourself all the room for your lengthy skincare routine by having a built-in in your shower. Want to take it to the next level? Have your AV guy set up the tv in the shelf and you’ll never miss an episode of your favorite show again! Don't want to miss a minute of the big game? Then you definitely need the built in shower tv.

Project Vibrant. Photographed by Lee Kriel.

Built-In Step Stool

Want your bathroom for the kiddos to grow with them? Do a custom built-in stool under the vanity. It slides out when you need it and tucks away when you don’t. It will always fit the look and remains nice and discrete when you want it out of view.

Project Rooted. Photographed by Lee Kriel.

Custom Rail System

Have tall ceilings but can’t reach the top of the closet? Add in a custom rail system so you can utilize the height but keep the space functional. Great for seasonal items that you don’t reach for every day, or small spaces that need to utilize the height.

Bonus Must Haves:

Project Revive. Photographed by Lee Kriel.

Temperature/Humidity Controlled Wine Cellar

Because what is a better form of self-care than making sure your drinks are always stored appropriately for optimal enjoyability ;)

Buster and Punch Light Switches /Dimmers
Project Rooted. Photographed by Lee Kriel.

High-End/Designer Light Switches

Because you’ve upgraded every other item in your house, why not make your light switches and electrical outlets look pretty?


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