2017 Home Trend: Luxury retreats just steps from the front door

When you want to get away from it all, without actually going that far, how about creating a themed retreat in your own home? From backyards to basements and everywhere in between, this is a fun home trend I’ve noticed gaining popularity lately where homeowners are creating their own unique and creative getaway zones in the comfort of their own home.

In today’s fast-paced world, getting away is a luxury that time often precludes us from taking. Packing, airline travel, rental cars, and navigating unfamiliar surroundings can take so much time that a weekend retreat really only means that you get a few hours treating yourself before its back to the daily grind.

While man caves and she sheds are nothing new, homeowners have taken the idea of creating a special place within the home to new levels by creating luxury retreats that cater to their particular interests and give them a place that feels like they are removed from the cares of the world, without extensive travel or reservations required.

Take for example, this “Art Barn” retreat created by a local McLean, Virginia couple. This 600-square-foot, century old barn was remodeled from floor to ceiling to create a separate 2-story work-and-play space on their 1/5-acre property that includes a working art studio with ample wall space for displaying the owner’s artwork, a sitting area, and lots of light-filled space for sitting, relaxing and watching their bee-filled apiary.

Another wonderful example I saw recently is from this Arlington, Virginia couple who built a luxury 280-square-foot Garden Studio that’s a short stroll from the main house. The tiny retreat is heated and cooled with a wall-mounted, ductless HVAC system. It has no kitchen or bathroom, but it is equipped with TV, Internet and a solid oak work desk.

From extravagant Mediterranean-themed day spas set in an unused corner of the home, to over-the-garage game or sports rooms to luxurious libraries, movie theaters and more, why not feel like you’re getting the royal treatment, all while in the comfort of your own home? Today’s homeowners love indulgence as much as anyone else – and creating these special places to spoil oneself can actually be a budget-friendly, low-stress solution to the high cost of luxury travel and 5-star retreats.