24 May Inspired by the Past: Antique Homes Converted to Luxury Homes
Luxury living isn’t restricted to new or custom builds. Whether it’s a long-standing house, penthouse or a European castle, luxury living has ample possibilities.
Antique buildings can offer elegance and inherent charm that new builds can’t always achieve. When upgrading a traditional home or castle into a luxury home, the results may be less modern or high-tech, but compared to new builds, they provide an elegant canvas to work with. Successful renovations can combine a home’s many different eras without appearing forced or unnatural.
Luxuriously renovations aren’t only for grand castles. A classic penthouse can have a vintage charm hard to mimic in pristine modern build. Traditional neighbourhoods weren’t as density-focused as newer ones are today, and homes built in an earlier era didn’t need to maximize space as much as they do these days. Renovating a long-standing home can mean that there is more space to work with.
Converting a mature space into a luxury home requires tasteful design that can strike a balance between historic and contemporary. Rather than a completely reimagined interior design, elements pulled from the home’s original interior design can add more character.
Castles, though exquisite, were built for another era and are often in need of an update. Their foundation, though, makes them ideal candidates for luxury transformation.
Castles listed on the European market, in countries like France and Italy, are now frequently converted into residential homes. Though most castles embody the idea of luxury living, many need a renovation in order to accommodate modern standards of living. Truly renovating a castle means bringing its royal opulence into modern reality.
Converted European castles offer unbridled exclusivity and great property value. Considering the size and structure of the entire property, lands included, castles can be relatively affordable. Castles are often known for their large gated properties, which adds to the privacy of the home.
Since, unfortunately, there’s a limit on available castles, their scarcity adds to their desirability. Expansive grounds allow for ample opportunity to experiment with landscape design, and general scale is incomparable to most newer homes.
A beautiful example of a castle turned luxury home is an Austrian fortress in Salzburg. This home includes design elements that range from the 12th to the 21st century. The original castle, constructed in the 1100s, remains, while other modern additions are also visible. On one of the wings, a modern renovation stands out thanks to its straight lines and varying materials. While it’s in stark contrast with the original exterior, the new addition compliments the castle well, as it distinctly fuses the different architectural styles from the ages.
The built-in history of classic homes provides plenty of renovation inspiration. Castles in particular embody historic luxury, while royal colours and design breathe elegance and class into a dated structure. Long-standing homes and penthouses have character, offering the perfect canvas for a renovated luxury home.