When You Can't Find the Perfect Luxury Home

by Bonnie Rotundo 02/16/2020


 Photo by Connoman via Pixabay

Sometimes you look at many homes and can’t find the perfect luxury home. When that happens, you might have to get a home that meets every requirement except the one – and then add that feature yourself. Many luxury homes have plenty of room to add additional buildings and water features. When purchasing a luxury home that doesn’t have everything, make sure you have plenty of land to add what you need or that the house is situated on the property so that you can add onto it.

The Perfect Floor Plan

You found a house with the perfect floor plan in the perfect location and with plenty of property – but the house doesn’t have a spa area or a pool. Since the market is hot, it’s a good idea to put an offer on the house, but what if you don’t want it if you can’t fit a pool where you want it? When you submit the offer, make it contingent upon an engineer approving the pool and spa location and zoning allowing the pool. If the engineer approves of the location and zoning allows you to build a pool, you can continue with the purchase. If not, you’ll be able to withdraw your offer without any ramifications.

Pool and Spa Landscaping

Before you add the pool, decide on whether you want a hot tub, and if the hot tub will be contained within the same decking as the pool. If so, the pool builder will be able to add the hot tub in before the company builds the decking. This is especially important if you have an in-ground pool with concrete decking around the pool.

If you want to add a steam room that is outside of the house, make sure there is room for it – don’t think of it as an afterthought, especially if the backyard is on the small side. Planning the location of all three pool and spa features is key to an area you’ll enjoy for many years to come.

If you want everything in a heated room, you could add on to the house or you could build a separate building that holds the pool, steam room and hot tub. Benefit of having a separate building including keeping it locked without having a fence and keeping the humidity from the steam and water out of your house.

Fencing and Privacy

Most cities and counties require you to fence the pool in for safety reasons. Make sure you know what zoning in your area requires for a safety fence. Hot tubs, unless covered and locked, usually have to have a fence around them to prevent children from getting in and drowning.

If you don’t like the idea of a high fence, put the lowest fence allowed by zoning around the area, then plant shrubs and trees along the fence for more privacy. Taller shrubs and trees still block your view, but will make you feel like you are in the middle of the woods if you choose the right plants. Put the plants inside the fence so that children cannot climb them from the outside.

About the Author
Author

Bonnie Rotundo

ABOUT ME  

I was born and brought up in Northern New York State, near the Thousand Islands region. I graduated from the State University of New York at Potsdam with a BA in English Literature, moving to Brunswick County in 1979.

From 1980 through 1999, I owned and operated The Italian Fisherman Restaurant, a well-known waterfront eatery in Sunset Beach, NC. After leaving the foodservice business, I knew that I wanted to embark on a career that would keep me in a people-oriented, service-driven industry. I happily choose real estate, and that’s what I’ve been doing since 2000!

Having been a Brunswick County resident for so many years, I have witnessed the tremendous growth and ensuing change the area has undergone. I know the geography and landscape well– it’s no surprise that so many have seen the natural beauty, temperate climate, and enjoyable lifestyle this little corner of the Carolinas affords, and have decided to make it home, too!

My mission is to assist those seeking to buy or sell residential property locally!

Several key points comprise my business philosophy:

- Service is paramount! Put the client first and the rest follows.

- Communication is essential! My approach is more consultative in style: my job is to provide the necessary information, advice, and updates so that buyers and sellers can make informed decisions through-out the process.

-Dedication to excellence is vital! I have earned several professional designations in order to keep abreast of the latest real estate trends that will affect my client’s interests, a significant investment of time and effort.

-Honest, ethical conduct is crucial! The “golden rule” rules, and then some!

In business, I concentrate on forming long-term relationships, and indeed, many people have become not only clients for life, but good friends as well!

My goal, simply put, is to Address all your real estate needs!

CREDENTIALS & AWARDS

Licensed Broker/Associate in both North Carolina & South Carolina

Member of the Local, State, and National chapters of the Association of REALTORS®

Member of two Multiple Listing Services(BCAR & CCAR) in two states

Multi-million dollar producer since 2001

Sloane Realty Company Wide Top Producer 2014 & 2015 (#2 in 2016-2018)

Sloane Realty Ocean Isle Beach Office Top Producer 2014

Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society 2014 & 2015

Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society 2016, 2017, & 2018

Accredited Buyer Representative® (ABR)  

Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®)  

Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource® (SFR)  

Recreation and Resort Specialist (RRS)

Certified Renewed Rooms Staging Professional (CRSP)

Strategic Pricing Specialist® (SPS)

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Agent