29 28 E R A D I S T I N C T I V E P R O P E R T I E S L U X E C O R N E R S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 2 2 Invest in quality Since legacy real estate is meant to last, it should be built from fine materials. From the roof to the flooring, every facet requires thoughtful investment to create a durable, low-maintenance living space that will be a gift to future generations and not a crumbling liability. High-quality materials promote durability while keeping ongoing costs manageable. This doesn’t just mean things like Italian marble countertops or decorative granite mantelpieces. It can also mean wooden herringbone floors, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances and premium roofing with a lifespan of at least 30 to 40 years. Higher-quality materials will be more energy-efficient, require less upkeep and demand infrequent replacement. This is especially important if you plan to build in harsh climates with intense heat or heavy snowfall. G E N E R A T I O N A L L U X U R Y : B U I L D I N G A L E G A C Y P R O P E R T Y Leave room for growth Building a legacy home means planning for today with an eye toward the future. If you’re hoping to pass the home onto your family, you want to make sure it will provide enough space to support their evolving needs. This doesn’t mean you have to build a sprawling estate; just make sure the home has the ability to adapt to shifting circumstances and expanding families. A finished basement can be transformed into an expansive living space for children. An extra loft over the garage could be converted into an office or spare room. Whether you choose to build vertically or horizontally, the key is leaving room for incompatible activities, whether it’s reading, napping, listening to music or playing noisy games. With generational-style homes, there tend to be varying age groups living beneath a single roof. As long as you have more than one gathering space for activities, everyone will have a place to go and do their thing without disrupting the others. Informed by the past and inspired by the future, a legacy property is more than a generational wealth creator; it’s a piece of history that tells future generations where they come from. When built with an eye toward evolving trends, these luxury properties maintain a timeless appeal that makes them a beautiful place to live in now and for generations to come.