If you’re considering a significant remodel of your Naples-area home, you obviously have the choice of locating key rooms anywhere you want. After all, it’s your house!
One of the choices you may face is whether to move the location of your Master Bedroom. Many two-story homes traditionally have bedrooms (including the Master Bedroom) located on the second level. The thinking is that the bedrooms are separate from the rest of the house—ensuring privacy and quiet—particularly if younger children are present (and sleeping) in the home.
If, however, you no longer have children at home, you may want to consider locating your Master Suite to the first floor. Here’s why.
Convenience: Many homeowners enjoy the convenience of having the Master Bedroom on the main level of the house. When you think about it, most of your laundry is generated in or around your bedroom. Your clothes are there, your linens are used (and stored) there, and even the towels you use on a daily basis are all close to the Master Bedroom. Having that room on the same level as the laundry eliminates having to drag heavy laundry baskets up and down stairs.Here’ an interesting post that talks about three reasons it makes sense to have a laundry room near the Master Bedroom.
In-Home Safety: If your children are old enough to be out of the home it probably means that you’re no longer in your 30s or 40s. Even if you are in great shape and aren’t bothered by the energy walking up and down stairs requires, you may want to start planning ahead. More and more Americans are choosing to stay in their existing homes much longer. But for some to do that safely can require some adjustments to the layout of their homes. A recent report from The American Society of Home Inspectors (Indoor Residential Stairs Leading Cause of Home Injuries) says that, “Every year, thousands of people experience unintended home injuries as a result of using indoor stairs and handrails that have not been properly constructed or maintained.”
A redesign of your home is one way to take the danger of falling out of the equation. You can still use upper rooms in your home as guest rooms or for other purposes, but you can eliminate the daily repetition of trips up and down the steps. And even if that’s not an issue you currently struggle with, it’s a step you can take now before it becomes an issue.
Is it the right move for you? Only you can determine that. But if it’s something you’d like to check out, it’s something a good design-build remodeler can help you with so that your new Master Bedroom turns out exactly the way you want it to.