Refurbishments that are so expensive they’ll make you gasp.
If you’ve ever had to fix up a house, you might have been shocked by how much it cost. However, these costs are nothing compared to the prices of the most expensive home repairs, which can cost tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars. Check out the most expensive home renovations ever, from opulent stately homes to flamboyant mega mansions. Scroll down or click here for more.
The Mansion in Las Vegas, total cost: £15 million ($20 million).
This six-bedroom, 11-bathroom Tuscan-style villa is situated on a golf course in the affluent master-planned enclave of Summerlin in Las Vegas. The previous owner of the trophy home is said to have spent just shy of $20 million (£15 million) on renovations. He or she didn’t skimp on any of the expensive fixtures and fittings.
A true show-stopper is the vast foyer. With its hand-carved travertine stone floor, Venetian plaster walls, high cathedral ceiling, galleried landing and staircase, and stunning $42,000 (£32k) chandelier, the entrance hall has to be the most beautiful for miles around.
The previous owner spent years working on the swanky facelift and hired the best craftsmen to bring his vision to life. For instance, the open-concept living space is outfitted with a Carrera marble fireplace, high-end marble and hardwood floors, and a stunning wood coffered ceiling. It leads into a kitchen with handcrafted cabinets, Wolf appliances, and Carrera marble counters.
The library is also elegant. A ravishingly opulent setting, it impresses with bespoke cabinets, antique crystal chandeliers, gilded wall paneling, and a fireplace that wouldn’t be out of place in the Palace of Versailles. A large dining room table that cost $85,000 (£65,000), an office, a home theater, a gym, smart home automation, and a cutting-edge security system are other features that stand out.
The icing on the cake is a principal bedroom suite suited for Marie Antoinette. Unfortunately, despite investing close to $20 million (£15.2 million) in the house, the previous owner had trouble selling it. The homeowner ultimately decided to place the mansion up for auction early this year after initially listing it for $22 million (£16.7 million) in 2015. According to reports, it sold for about $5.6 million (£4.3 million), so the lucky purchaser essentially scored the deal of a lifetime.
Texas’s Governor’s Mansion entire price tag is $25 million (£19 million).
An arsonist tossed a Molotov cocktail on the front porch of the Texas Governor’s Mansion in Austin one fateful morning in June 2008, lighting the historic structure on fire and nearly razing it to the ground. Because the person who started the fire has never been found, the local Fire Department calls it one of the biggest unsolved crimes in Texas’s history.
Naturally, the 1854 home was in terrible shape after the fire, but Governor Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry resolved to bring the house back to its former splendor. The State Preservation Board and Texas Historical Commission oversaw the renovation, which was funded by a $21.5 million (£16.4 million) grant from the legislature and $3.5 million (£2.6 million) from businesses and the general public.
The estate was fortunately undergoing renovations at the time of the fire, which meant many of its treasures, including a desk belonging to the Father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin, were in storage and unaffected by the blaze. Here is a post-renovation photo of the stately front parlour, where the governor and first lady greet visitors.
Another sympathetically restored space is the State Dining Room, which features a superb 18th-century table. In fact, every historical chamber in the home has been meticulously restored to its pre-fire state. The building also got new electrical wiring, a fire suppression system, and features to help people with disabilities get around.
One of two historic bed chambers, the Sam Houston Bedroom, is depicted in this picture. The four-poster bed acquired by Sam Houston, Texas’ seventh governor and the source of the state’s name for its major city, is considered to be its most prestigious piece of furniture. Perry and his family finally moved back into the home in July 2012 after a four-year repair process.
Total cost of the Diocesan Center St. Nicholas is $34 million (£26 million).
When he lavishly renovated his official residence and office, this extraordinary building located in the town of Limburg in the German state of Hesse, earned the moniker “the Bishop of Bling” and ran afoul of the local diocese and the Vatican in 2013.
The diocese was outraged by the bishop for withholding the final bill for the renovation, which ended up costing more than six times the original estimate. Tebartz-van Elst gave architects and contractors millions of euros in secret, and they didn’t hold back. He had full control over the cash flow.
Behind the ancient presbytery from the sixteenth century, a sleek, minimalist edifice was built with all the modern conveniences and mind-blowing luxury extras. A private chapel that cost $3.4 million (£2.6 million) and a Japanese koi carp breeding pond that cost the diocese a whopping $251,000 (£191k) are two of the renovation’s many ultra-luxe amenities.
A $29,400 (£22,400) conference table was put in, and iPads were put on a few of the walls so that people could use them to control the building’s smart automation features, such as calling for a prayer or closing the curtains from afar.
With its $17,700 (£13.5k) freestanding spa bathtub and wellness shower, the bishop’s bathroom is equally stylish. When the wasteful spending was finally found out, Tebartz-van Elst was kicked out of the diocese, quit his job, and took a low-profile administrative job in Vatican City. Thanks for reading!!
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