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24/7 Wall St.: Eight Amazing Home Amenities for the Rich

Expanded Great Rooms

Location: Chappaqua, NY
Home price: $1,875,000
Square footage: 3,519

Great rooms that stitch together living, dining and kitchen spaces have been around for several decades, but for high-end homeowners what’s new isn’t the size or purpose of the room, it’s a matter of quality fixtures, flooring and cabinetry.

And the details add up: “If you use large slabs of stone, or big wide boards, it’s harder to do, harder to control and install,” says Morris. “But it has a very high quality look to it. As the individual pieces of material get bigger it costs more to do and has a more refined look.”

“A lot of what fuels what people are building at this level is the thought of entertaining, which is bringing extended family, family and grandchildren together in a relaxed environment,” says Boomsma. “The formal dining room — I don’t know that we’ll see that coming back right away. Kitchens are becoming more manageable spaces — with backup prep space moved to a butler pantry or catering kitchen area.”
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