10 Luxury Products Custom Builders Should Know Now

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These brands are known for luxury products of the highest order.

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March 17, 2020

Though the coronavirus has everyone on edge and many people have self-quarantined, it’s a perfect time for custom builders and architects to do some research on what kinds of cool luxury products are available on the market for their customers. We found nine you should check out.

The stock market is now in a tailspin and the economy is bracing for a bumpy future, but before the world went haywire, 2019 was a good year and 2020 was sated to be a good one for the luxury real estate market as well.

Crunching the numbers from the U.S. Census Data, NAHB confirmed that custom home building expanded during the fourth quarter of 2019, supported by low mortgage interest rates.

10 Made a mano aqua ambient sink countertop

Made a Mano

In addition to kitchen and bath fixtures, this Danish brand manufactures bold interior and exterior tiles that are made from glazed ceramic and natural vocanic style. Artisans apply a variety of Asian, Dutch, and geometric designs on tiles in various sizes. Pricing on request.

“There were 44,000 total custom building starts during the fourth quarter of 2019,” the association said in February 2020. “This marks a 16% gain over the final quarter of 2018 total of 38,000. Over the last four quarters, custom housing starts totaled 177,000. Due to weakness during the first half of the year, this represents only a 3% increase over the 2018 total (172,000) but a solid gain nonetheless.”

NAHB also reported that the market share of custom home building in terms of total single-family starts is now 20%, down from a cycle high of 31.5% set during the second quarter of 2009.


Samuel Heath wall mounted basin mixer

Samuel Heath

Part of the brand’s Landmark Industrial Collection, this wall-mounted basin faucet draws inspiration from the Bauhaus movement. It can be configured with the lever on the left or the right and comes in eight finishes, including urban brass, polished nickel, and stainless steel with matte black.

But Finance & Commerce says wealthy are expected to start spending money again. Some of the hot U.S. markets are expected to Miami and Los Angeles areas. What effect the home buying market has on the custom home building market remains to be seen, but all signs point to a robust year for the sectors—providing the economy stabilizes after the current public health crisis.

Ether which way the market moves, this is a good time for design and construction professionals to bone up on what’s happening in construction technology, building science, and new product introduction.


1 Lacornue cornufe 110 dual fuel range stainless steel with stainless steel polished brass trim

La Cornue

The CornuFé 110 43-inch range features two electric convection ovens, five gas burners, and a large storage drawer. It’s available in eight classic colors and three trim accent choices--polished brass, stainless steel, and polished copper. Four Suzanne Kasler Couleurs and two trim accent choices of stainless and brass are also available. Units start at $10,450.

So what are luxury buyer’s looking for in their homes? It depends on who is buying. Tim and Julie Harris, real estate agents and coaches, say young wealthy buyers are looking for urban homes measuring at least 5,000 square feet, with extra space for specialty rooms, contemporary interiors, privacy and security integrated systems with smartphone connections/operations, and essentials such as great outdoor spaces, and commercial grade kitchens and appliances.

For luxury buyers more than 50 years old, contemporary and modern homes are also in, as are big windows, clean/open lines, and new technologies in materials that look used.

No matter the luxury buyers, certain products and materials have resonance. We have have found some for you to consider.


A version of this story ran in Custom Builder’s sister publication residentialproductsonline.com

2 Gaggenau Vario 400 cooktops


The manufacturer modular cooktops and ventilation appliances can be combined to create a custom kitchen. Fitting together perfectly, the collection includes grill, steamer, downdraft ventilation, deep fryer, and induction or gas cooktops ranging from 15 to 36 inches. Pricing on request.

3 Nanz 8677 cup pull


The No 8677 bin pull has an oval dome center and is secured on either side by teardrop-shaped flanges. A simplification of traditional apothecary pulls, it’s suitable for period and contemporary interiors, the company says. It measures 1½ by 3 7/8 inches and comes in 28 finishes. Pricing on request.

4 Lefroy Brooks 8704 exposed godolphin thermostatic valve with riser kit handset lever diverter


Lefroy Brooks

This exposed GoDolphin thermostatic valve features an 8-inch rose and an adjustable riser pipe. Priced at $2,508, it comes in chromium plate, antique gold, or satin nickel finish and has ceramic cross handles.


5 Kallista For Town Michael Smith kitchen faucet with cross handles


The For Town kitchen faucet with sidespray by Michael S. Smith harkens back to the elegance of a 1930s Park Avenue apartment, the brand says. Made from solid-brass, it has a two-handle, deck-mount bridge, 8-inch center, and a spout that rotates 36 degrees. It comes in two finishes. Priced from $3,495.


7 Boffi k6 kitchen ambient


Part of the Italian brand’s K collection by Norbert Wangen, the K6 monoblock features a sliding top with a dual function—concealing the working area when the not in use and also serving as a countertop. The worktop slides alongside the depth and not the kitchen length. It encloses an oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, cupboard and drawer space. Pricing on request.


8 Artistic Tile Dune bianco carrara

Artistic Tile

Carved from Bianco Carrara marble, Dune evokes a windswept desert, the company says. Light plays upon the carved and ridged surface creating dramatic surfacing that can be used for interior walls, backspales, and shower stalls. It’s also available in Smoke limestone. It’s priced from $195 per square foot.


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Smallbone of Devizes

The United Kingdom brand specializes in bespoke cabinetry and other furniture for the home. Custom projects can be handmade from a variety of species, as sustainable European oak, rosewood, mahogany, American walnut, and maple. The company’s American flagship is in New York City. Pricing on request.

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