If you’ve watched any reality home improvement shows, you know that one of the perks people want today, whether they’re house hunting or taking on a remodeling project, is an en suite. Most people who add a master bedroom suite want to add some extra comfort and space.
If you want to turn your bedroom into a master suite, you’re going to need more room, which means you have to convert existing space or build an addition. In most cases, building an addition makes the most sense.
Create Your Dream En Suite
A master bedroom and bath addition is a popular remodeling project for personal comfort and enjoyment. A master bedroom may include a king-size bed, multiple dressers, walk-in closets, a bath with spa features, a walk-in shower, a free-standing tub, and other amenities. Begin planning your renovation by assessing the following considerations:
1. Consider the Amount of Space
If you live in a two-story house, you must decide if your master bedroom is going to be on the ground floor or upstairs. If your master bedroom will go on the second floor, adding reinforcement to the house below will be necessary to handle the new load. Building up is a great way to preserve your yard space. However, most prefer to have easy access to the bedroom and bathroom, which means no stairs.
If your master bedroom is going to be on the ground floor, you’ll have to extend the new space to your home. This requires that you have ample yard space and that your new structure is up to code and meets restrictions regarding how close it is to your neighbor.
2. Identify Important Elements
Master en suites are personal spaces, so they should reflect your preferences. Details to consider as you plan your project include:
- Privacy. If your home is located in a neighborhood where houses are built close together, you may want to think about the orientation of windows and the use of skylights to bring natural light into the rooms.
- Storage. Take time to assess your storage needs. Closets, shelving, and cabinet layouts should be determined during the planning phase of the project.
- Noise abatement. A good contractor can suggest ways to minimize exterior noise caused by wind, traffic, or neighbors.
- Exits and entries. Do your plans call for an exit to a deck, patio, pool, or hot tub area? Consider wider doorways and level thresholds for safety and accessibility. You will find that door widths will be very important when you move furnishings into the room.
- Furnishings. The dimensions and placement of bedroom furnishings are important in the design of your project. Dressers, mirrors, lamp tables, chairs, a chaise, and other furnishings that occupy floor space should be accounted for in the plans.
- The setting of your home. Will your en suite be a room with a view overlooking gardens, a wooded area, or waterfront? If so, discuss how to optimize the view and manage light exposure with your contractor.
- Maintenance. Cleaning and maintaining your new features can be time-consuming depending on what you choose. A glass enclosure for a shower or a free-standing tub will require frequent cleaning. A tile pattern with a lot of grout lines may be more susceptible to staining.
3. Choosing the Right Contractor
Only choose a contractor that has been fully vetted. They should have references that you can investigate. Good communication is important as you discuss your project with them. There may be zoning considerations such as space allowances between houses in your neighborhood, height restrictions, or if your home is located in a historic preservation area.
The present condition and architecture of your home may also impact the plans. A reputable contractor will help you to determine the appropriate amount of space needed to meet your objectives and work with you on all aspects of the project from drawings to completion.
4. Exterior Features
An addition should blend seamlessly into the architecture of a home and look like it was part of the original plan. Talk with your contractor about the roof line, façade options, shingles, siding, exterior trims, doors, and windows that will be used.
5. Consider Special Needs of All Users
The height of everyone using the master bedroom is a very important consideration in planning a remodeling project. Other issues to consider are health conditions and any limitations regarding mobility.
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