Custom living spaces are just that: special, one-of-a-kind spaces unlike any other in the home. These are the areas where anything goes and practicality flies right out the specialty-room window.
Creating these spaces is not at all about resale value. Instead these rooms are tailored to the needs of that unique homeowner who simply wants to maximize enjoyment of their home. They are highly specific spaces that are typically geared toward one hobby or purpose, be it to meditate, sew or simply read the newspaper while drinking the morning dose of caffeine. In short, these personalized places are a virtual sanctuary for those who use them.
For instance, wine rooms are increasingly popular for oenophiles with vast collections of wine. Far transcending mere dungeon-like storage spaces of the past, these temperature-controlled rooms are often showpieces of the home, with beautiful shelving, subtle lighting (both for ambiance and to protect the wines), comfortable seating spaces and small refrigerators to accommodate wine-tasting parties. And the final touch: large windows to invite viewing and impress all who pass by its hallowed walls.
Other popular custom living spaces include craft and sewing rooms with dedicated space for hobbies like scrapbooking, quilting or painting; exercise rooms complete with durable flooring and mirrored walls; spa rooms to house massage tables or pedicure stations; cigar rooms that are humidity and temperature controlled, and implement specialized venting systems; collection rooms complete with extensive shelving and glass displays; utility and laundry rooms that actually make a homeowner want to do work and fold laundry; mudrooms that are organized for the day-to-day chaos of getting in and out of the home; and playrooms complete with fun toy storage, kid-friendly seating and imaginative craft areas.
No concept is too unusual or crazy to create. In fact, Chicago-area contractor John Elias, owner of Avalon Development and Construction Inc., has even crafted a dog-specific room recently in one of his custom-built, Italian-style villas.
The space included an outside “doggy door” entrance, as well as an interior door, Elias told the Daily Herald in a March 2013 article. Nothing is too good for his canine customers, creating rooms with areas for cozy beds, meal times and even—get this—a dog shower.