After reading an article in the weekend newspaper on features that people include in their homes I started thinking about some of the more unusual requests I have had from my own clients.
These requests have varied from a pole dancing pole in the bedroom to a custom made cat ramp.
Whilst I was working with a project builder several years ago I was asked to include an extra large shower in the master bedroom with three different types of shower heads.
This same bedroom had all the walls, ceiling and doors sound proofed, must admit left a smirk on my face.
Another client for the same builder had the plan extended to include 7 bedrooms all with ensuites plus a main bathroom and powder room.
One wonders why?…
All I could think of who was the poor person responsible for cleaning all of them, glad it was not me.
Probably the most unusual has been redesigning and decorating a home where by every decision was based around the needs of the cats.
I even designed a cat ramp so that the elderly cat could manage to climb onto the cat run from inside the house. We measured how high he could jump, worked out the angle of the ramp and covered in carpet to assist his grip.
At first I was amazed but now a converted dog lover I can understand this request as every new purchase I make for my home is influenced not only by the kids but by the dogs.
Let’s face it, white lounge, dogs and kids do not mix.
Not long ago the home theatre was considered a luxury, now it is seen as a standard in every new home. I have had one client though who took this one step further.
His wife claims this room cost more than the entire house. The theatre is fully sound proof, raised platforms with specialist theatre lounge chairs, acoustically balanced, carpeted, curtained with lighting designed to enhance all features.
The file server which has a purpose built space in the garage would run a moderate size business. This client works in a highly stressful job and this is his downtime.
The article when on to list things a home owner could included if they wanted to outdo their neighbours.
Some of the suggestions included biometric scanner, bowling alley, hydraulic lift for cars, lift, panic room (for when you stress over your mortgage for including such a thing), spray tan booth, and temperature controlled library.
What would you add to the list? Would love to hear people’s ideas.
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