Picture this. A well-landscaped garden, a grand entrance, a swimming pool, marble sculptures, imported chandeliers and a reception area that looks like the lobby of a five-star hotel.
Today, it’s all about first impressions — for the would-be buyer, and the relatives and guests she would plan to host in her new home. So you can’t have a concrete box of a lobby with a lift or two at one end. Instead, there’s gold-tinted marble, concealed lighting, crystals in the ceiling and, space permitting, winding driveways with lawns on either side. As developers work to make a good first impression, global brands are being roped in to ‘create’ lobbies and bring elements from around the world into their projects for the well-travelled, well-heeled young buyer.