A luxurious bathroom. A spacious walk-in closet. Plush carpet that massages your toes. There are many reasons to remodel the primary bedroom in your house. Typically, homeowners see the biggest results in three areas:
- The addition, expansion or improvement of the bathroom.
- The addition, expansion or improvement of the closet (or closets).
- The addition of space, either by adding on to the house or making use of adjoining rooms.
If you’re concerned about resale value, the biggest bang for your buck can be seen in the first two points: the bathroom and the closet. However, increased resale value is not always the best reason to conduct a home remodel. There’s great value in the simple pleasures of a custom space perfectly suited to the homeowner’s needs.
To that end, here are a few features – in addition to the general projects listed above – to consider mentioning to your contractor as you plan for your master bedroom remodel:
- A reading area. A calm and quiet reading space, complete with comfortable chair and side table, can assist in making your master bedroom a true place of rest.
- A fireplace. Speaking of reading areas, a cozy fireplace would add wonderful ambiance to a reading nook. It also could lend much-needed warmth to the bedroom during cold Pacific Northwest winters.
- Excellent lighting. Don’t skimp on the lighting in your master bedroom. Large, well-placed windows can help maximize natural light, and sufficient electrical lighting can help ensure that your master bedroom is always a welcome retreat. You might consider a multi-zone lighting system that allows you to choose various settings and moods for your bedroom.
- Features for aging in place. If you’re hoping to grow old in your home, a master suite remodel is the ideal time to make upgrades that will pay off down the road by making it easier to age in place. Consider things like walk-in showers, bathroom grab bars, wider doorways and floors that are free of elevation changes.
- A strategic bump-out. If you don’t want to make wholesale layout changes in order to add space, you might consider a small bump-out to add a shower, walk-in closet or reading nook.
- A home office. Do you work from home or sometimes find a benefit in having a home office? If you have extra space in your master bedroom, you might consider adding a space for getting work done. However, keep in mind that some experts recommend against adding a home office to your plans for a master bedroom remodel. “Constantly being able to see your office prevents you from being able to turn off,” says interior designer Christine Baumann in an HGTV article. Instead, she recommends placing a home office in a guest room or kitchen area.
Your house is your space, and you deserve a master bedroom that fits your needs and lifestyle. When you’re ready to turn your plans into reality, feel free to call the professionals here at Hudson Remodeling for support. Our design/build team has renovated and remodeled master suites in Bellingham, Lynden, Ferndale and throughout Whatcom County.