It’s common knowledge that high-end kitchens and bathrooms command attention from sophisticated buyers, but developers are taking this one step further and are elevating fixtures that in turn elevate the entire home. A trend we’re seeing more and more is a focus on features that are oftentimes overlooked – including doors, windows and walls. These elements can easily out-price some of the big-ticket items that you would expect to be more expensive. 

Here are a few developments that are not overlooking key design elements that elevate the entire home.  


Rendering of a living room at Louver House


Louver House is a boutique project nestled in the quiet, tree-lined South of Fifth neighborhood in Miami, a popular residential area just steps away from the beach and the city’s most famed restaurants (including Joe’s Stone Crab and Prime 112). Designed by Rene Gonzalez, the 12 residences are equipped with features like custom Ornare kitchens, sub-zero and Wolf appliances, expansive private terraces, private elevators and smart technology. The sophisticated interiors feature 10-foot ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows and wall reveals, a high-end baseboard alternative that gives the appearance that the wall is floating above the floor. This wall finish is primarily used in museums and galleries for a clean look. It was integrated at Louver House so the home itself could take center stage, though the cost to produce and install this reveal is an added $30,000 per unit. 


Exterior rendering of Jade Signature


Jade Signature is a quintessential ocean home in Sunny Isles Beach with a world-class team consisting of Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, Parisian interior design firm PYR led by Pierre-Yves Rochon and landscape designer Raymond Jungles. The building features 300-feet of beachfront, ocean views from every residence and a resort lifestyle with amenities for all ages. Though the building is encased in floor-to-ceiling windows, developers Fortune International Group decided to use a high-end laminated and insulated glass. This window type offers a third piece of glass separated by a fully sealed air gap, which reduces heating and cooling of the building. The result is a lower electricity bill, but this comes with a higher price tag – 30% more than standard windows to be exact. 


Image of the terrace lounge area at Palazzo Del Sol


Fisher Island’s first new construction since 2007, Palazzo Del Sol, and Zaha Hadid’s first and final tower in the Western Hemisphere, One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects, have a couple ultra-luxe elements in common. They both feature Lualdi doors and apure lighting systems with design by Porsche Design Studio. At One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects, the doors will even be outfitted with custom-designed door handles by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid herself. Palazzo Del Sol features two Lualdi styles, the Downtown door and Rasomuro door. Lualdi is a name synonymous with quality and sustainability, which warrants a price tag of around $3,000 per door. 


Rendering of a typical living room space at One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects?


For more interior design inspiration, read the Feb/Mar issue of Ocean Home