luxury outdoor trends

Top 5 Luxury Outdoor Trends Perfect for Entertaining

A sure way to make your home one-of-a-kind is to personalize your backyard. Your outdoor living space is an extension of your home that can serve multiple functions, such as a private sanctuary for relaxation or an elegant oasis for evening entertaining. From an irresistible sunken fire pit to a fabulous al-fresco dining room that feels like the Tuscan countryside, these cool backyard must-haves are hot with high-end homeowners this summer. Here’s an overview of some of summer’s hottest luxury outdoor trends as we start our five-part series on fabulous transformations that will make you fall in love with your outdoor living area.

Outdoor Kitchen

You have a fabulous kitchen inside, now have a fabulous cooking area outside! Take entertaining, barbecuing and unwinding after a long day to an entirely new level by turning your grilling area into a resort-worthy gourmet kitchen with all the latest bells and whistles for everything from fall-off-the-bone ribs to beer on tap. Your next outdoor party will be convenient and hassle-free so you can spend your time where it matters – with your loved ones.

Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits

Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits can easily become the focal point of any backyard with stunning, customizable styles in various finishes such as stone, brick or stucco. Additionally, during a cool night out, fireplaces and fire pits provide a warm and cozy ambiance for outdoor gatherings with family and friends.

Pool House

With summer right around the corner, transform your pool experience from ordinary to amazing with a one-of-a-kind pool house. Customize your pool house to meet your family’s unique needs and desires — from a simple addition like a changing area and bathroom to a game room with storage space for pool equipment. Add a complete bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette, and the pool house can also double as a guest house for family and friends, giving them - and you - their own space when they visit.

High-end Outdoor Furniture

Furniture is essential to any outdoor space and should be functional while complementing the space aesthetically. One of the keys is to have furniture that looks vibrant throughout the seasons and over years. It is important to invest in durable, well-built furniture that is complemented with high-quality fabrics. Whether you’re shopping for outdoor cushions, pillows, or umbrella canopies, look for fabrics that will maintain their quality while weathering the seasons. Rediscovering and revamping your yard gives you an opportunity to enjoy some of the latest luxury outdoor trends in style, color, and materials while creating a comfy oasis for you and your guests.

Outdoor Technology

Cutting-edge technology is not confined to interior spaces — you can enjoy the same accessibility and connectivity when you’re outside reclining by the pool as you do when you are in your kitchen. Automated, voice-controlled, audio, lighting, water features and other amenities let you be in control without ever leaving your pool raft.

Enhancing your outdoor space with these top luxury outdoor trends can make home life more enjoyable while simultaneously increasing your home’s value. At Dibico, we believe your outdoor living space should reflect your family’s current interests and necessities. Whether you are looking to completely renovate your outdoor space or simply add to it, we are here to help. Keep an eye out for our blog series exploring each of these luxury outdoor trends throughout the summer!


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5 Home Renovation Projects Mom Will Love

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we’ve been thinking about what would make the best gift for the special mom in your life. What better way to show your appreciation than by giving her one of the home renovation projects of her dreams? Whether you want to surprise your loving wife or give your mom an extraordinary gift, these must-have luxury updates will certainly make her extra happy this Mother’s Day and for years to come.

Bathroom Oasis Retreat

What mom wouldn’t want a bathroom that doubles as her own personal spa? Treat her to her own private sanctuary that she can retreat to after a long day. What makes up this perfect lush getaway? It’s all in the details. An elegant freestanding tub provides the perfect escape for melting the stress away. A double vanity crafted with a natural material such as marble or limestone offers an abundance of counter space and storage. High-tech amenities such as LED lighting, Bluetooth speakers, in-floor heating and dimmer switches allow her to control the ambiance and create an atmosphere of true luxury. Add in amenities like a steam room or sauna, and mom will feel like she’s been whisked away to her favorite resort.

Spacious Master Closet

Home Updates

Today, closets themselves are often a personal oasis. In addition to larger spaces with more custom built-ins and functional storage features, many of them have a lounging area or spectacular statement pieces. One of the most popular statement pieces is a multifunction island, with an abundance of drawers, cabinets or even a retractable television. Larger room-sized closets have become functional living spaces rather than simply storage, so great mirrors and quality lighting are paramount. Strategically placed shelf and floor illumination makes it easier to find the perfect ensemble and can help mom to look and feel her best every day.

All-Purpose Kitchen

Home Renovation projects

To design the perfect kitchen for the culinary mom, focus on two elements – style and function. Beautiful new cabinets meticulously hand-crafted in our custom millwork shop can maximize space and make a dull, dated kitchen come to life. The addition of a multi-purpose island is an easy way of incorporating both the latest technology and design elements. A custom island can provide the opportunity to add game-changers like an extra sink, more counter space, warming drawers, a wine refrigerator or more seating. Custom cabinets and islands are also a great way of introducing complementary stone, tile or wood accents. Updating high visibility items like refrigerators, stoves, ovens and dishwashers with all the latest technology improves functionality and aesthetics. Bringing high-end appliances in line with current trends can not only increase the value of a home but can also decrease energy costs, making a kitchen remodel both a great gift and a great investment.

Her Own Personal She-Shed

Home Renovation projects

Give mom a magnificent room all to herself. A “she-shed”, the female-friendly version of the “man-cave” is mom’s private getaway to pursue her passions. She-sheds can take many forms - a meditation room, art studio, writing space or simply a place to read and relax away from the chaos of family life. Outfit this space with creature comforts like a terrific sound system, beautiful windows and skylights, a wet bar, a custom-crafted table or desk and mom’s favorite furnishings, and we guarantee this room will be her go-to place to decompress.

The End of the Honey-Do List

If now isn’t the right time for one of these home renovation projects for mom - we can still help to make her life easier with the gift of our home management - the perfect combination of maintenance and concierge services for high-end luxury homeowners. With quarterly, monthly and weekly service options, our team can make sure that mom (and dad) can spend time enjoying their home, not taking care of it.

This Mother’s Day, or any day, let us help you surprise and delight mom by making her life easier with Dibico’s comprehensive services for luxury homeowners. Contact us now to arrange a visit from one of our Dibico experts.


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Top 3 Luxury Kitchen Trends

The kitchen is more than a functional space – it’s a fundamental part of a home’s design, beauty and warmth. In a space that brings everyone together, the kitchen offers an opportunity to showcase your creativity. Does your kitchen reflect your unique style? Browse through some of the top luxury kitchen trends flawlessly executed for our clients by Dibico’s experts and get inspired to create your dream kitchen!

Multipurpose Kitchen Islands

Luxury Kitchen Trends - Kitchen Island

As the kitchen has become even more popular as the space for social gatherings and entertainment, the kitchen island has moved center stage to not only serve multiple functions but to create harmony between aesthetics and lifestyle. The current trend in unattached counters includes largeness - with many big enough to accommodate seating for a large family. Along with being an additional dining area, the kitchen island can also add more storage space with incorporated shelves or cabinets. At the Dibico millworks, we meticulously craft our custom cabinetry to design islands that meet the unique needs of each family. An island can seamlessly integrate style and function with numerous built-in options, like a microwave, speed oven, beverage chiller or second sink, with a variety of complementary finishes and textures to choose from.

Ultra High-end Appliances

Luxury Kitchen Trends - High-end Appliances

When it comes to luxury kitchen trends, high-quality appliances are a must. With the purchase of a luxury appliance, you’re not only investing in the gorgeous aesthetics but also guaranteeing quality and efficiency. Today’s most prestigious and highly coveted appliance brands are creating something for every taste and style. Now, incorporating the latest in innovative features doesn’t mean you have to forgo a traditional look. The Chateau 150 from La Cornue, the custom french line, offers both a sophisticated look and eight range top configurations to meet any culinary need. For the ice cream and wine lovers – you'll be impressed by Sub-Zero’s refrigeration and wine storage! From built-ins to under counter refrigeration, today’s most exclusive brands are providing a multitude of options to compliment any kitchen.

Mix & Match Color and Material Palettes

Luxury Kitchen Trends - Mix and Match Color Palettes

While the monochrome kitchen is still popular among luxury kitchen trends, there is a growing trend towards a two-tone color scheme, often with the use of mixed materials and metals – think warm tone wall cabinets, cool tone base cabinets and stainless steel appliances.  Stone or marble counters are complemented by handcrafted metallic or glass tile accents. More and more designers are incorporating multiple woods and other mixed natural and man-made materials, adding dimension and depth to any kitchen. Another great way to mix and match is to make your kitchen island a different material than the rest of your kitchen adding a little fun and whimsy or an elegant touch depending on your own personal style.

Feeling inspired? Whether you have lived in your home for several years or you just moved in, your kitchen space should reflect your lifestyle, your passions and suit your needs. At Dibico, our goal is to provide you with an extraordinary experience, whether building a new home, creating the magnificent kitchen of your dreams like the ones here, or managing your home to ensure you and your family can enjoy your luxury or custom home for years to come. With almost thirty years of world-class custom building experience, we bring an unmatched level of expertise and quality to every project. Contact us to inquire about your kitchen renovation!


House-Lift

The Dibico House-Lift Program

The high-end real estate market in Greenwich is more competitive than ever, with the average home over $5 million dollars being listed for more than 300 days. Many of the homes go on and off the market anywhere from two to nine times before they sell! We created our House-Lift program to be a secret weapon for homeowners and realtors to use to sell their multi-million-dollar home. The House-Lift is essentially a top to bottom ‘face-lift,” exclusively designed for homes valued at over $5 million in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Learn about the benefits of investing in our House-Lift program and exactly what it entails.

What a House-Lift Entails

In order to achieve the full benefit of the Dibico House-Lift program, we’ve determined the baseline critical elements that are required to get a luxury home ready for market. This includes a full detailed house inspection, fresh paint applied to all interior surfaces of the home, all hardwood flooring screened and top coated, all tile surfaces and stone countertops cleaned and sealed and the inclusion of our deluxe Dibico Home Maintenance Package. Lastly, a complete interior house cleaning will be done from top to bottom in preparation to sell.

Financial Benefits of a House-Lift

The benefits of the Dibico House-Lift are extensive – from the return on investment in the sale price to the amount of time your home spends on the market, our House-Lift gives you a competitive edge.

Today’s luxury real estate market prioritizes move-in ready homes. Nothing makes a home move-in ready like a Dibico House-Lift, allowing you to maximize the value and asking price of your home. Our House-Lift program has been proven to increase the value of multi-million dollar homes by as much as 10% with the ROI being ten times the cost of the program. Increase in value isn’t the only major advantage. In a market where the average sales cycle for a high-end home was 319 days, a House-Lift is a game changer. Realtors have reported multiple offers and sales in as little as one-tenth of the time as a direct result of the Dibico House-Lift.

A Seller’s Worst Nightmare – A Negative Home Inspection

More deals fall apart due to the results of the buyer’s home inspection prior to closing than most sellers would imagine. Nothing is a sellers’ worse enemy than their unwillingness to invest in the sale of their home. Todays’ multi-million-dollar home buyer expects a turn-key experience, and it’s your responsibility as a seller to provide it. Even the best realtor is limited when selling a home that is dated and/or in need of repair. The Dibico House-Lift can protect a pending sale from negative home inspections that result in costly repairs, delays, last-minute concessions and even the loss of the sale.

During our detailed home inspection, Dibico will identify any potential defects, and offer you the opportunity to remedy them — leaving the home inspector with little, if anything, to report to your potential buyer. Of course, we can’t guarantee that all of our House-Lifts will have the same results - every home is different - location, amenities, and other factors affect the sales price and length of time on the market. What we can guarantee, is that your home will have the best possible chance of success for a faster sale at a higher price.

To schedule your Dibico House-Lift, call us at (844) 434-2426 or fill out a contact form here.


Home Maintenance

Why Home Management is Important

Just like any other valuable asset, your home needs to be managed. The upkeep of a home can determine your home’s value as well as prevent expensive emergency repairs. In addition, it offers you the resources needed when inspiration strikes and gives you the one thing you can’t buy – time. Before you make a decision about a home management program, and especially if you weren’t contemplating getting one, we invite you to consider the advantages of investing in Dibico’s Home Maintenance Program.

Financial Benefits

Not only is it important to protect the current value of your home, but also to position your home for maximum return and marketability for the future. Managing your home well can add an additional 2% annually to its’ value. For most Dibico clients, that equates to several hundred thousand dollars a year – on average, ten times return on their investment in their home care. With routine home maintenance, you add significant value by addressing any issues early on. With the majority of home buyers looking for a home that needs minimal repairs and renovations... yours will be move-in ready!

Convenience

Our scheduled home management ensures that you no longer have to spend your valuable time thinking about repairing a door or finding the right plumber. We believe that your home should be a place of relaxation and a reward for your hard work, not a chore waiting to be done. We make sure your pool is ready for summer, your garage is ready for winter and we can even have food waiting in the fridge for you when you return from vacation. We take care of the small things, the big things, and everything in between – while you relax with your family and enjoy your home.

Preparedness

With the East coast still reeling from the series of snowstorms and gale force winds that sent homeowners from Greenwich to Pound Ridge running to the closest hotel, mother nature reminded us of the importance of being emergency ready. Home management ensures your family and home are protected when disaster strikes. Having a working generator, keeping dangerous branches and trees at bay and maintaining drainage are just part of the prep required to keep your multi-million-dollar home both safe and usable.

Prevention

The cost of not properly managing your home in the long term can cause expensive and often critical repairs that result in a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars, all because of something as little as a leak gone unresolved. Take mold for example – left unchecked, it can result in immensely expensive repairs, as well as serious health issues, especially for people already suffering from allergies or asthma. With regular home management, issues are identified immediately, which in turn prevents you from paying for expensive emergency repairs. In the long run, investing in a home management program can end up saving you considerably more money on repair costs than what you’re paying for the program.

Inspiration

Home management allows your home to evolve along with your needs and your lifestyle. You’re invited to dream big and act when inspiration strikes – whether it be the addition of a “man-cave” or “she-shed,” the transformation of a classic kitchen into a high-tech chef’s dream or finally commissioning the pool house you’ve been talking about. Home management helps you turn your vision into a reality and guarantees your house is ready for every season.

Dibico Home Management is living made easy for the high-end homeowner in Greenwich and Westchester and coming soon to the Hamptons and Florida! Make an appointment to have one of our home management experts visit your home to review our Home Management package options with you. To schedule an appointment today, call (844) 434-2426 or email us at info@dibicoinc.com.