How to Design a Master Suite Addition in the Twin Cities /

Your Master Suite is an extension of your living space. It encompasses not only your sleeping area and bathroom but also other amenities and features that add value to your life—and your home.

As your personal domain within your home, it’s important for your master suite to reflect your unique tastes and lifestyle needs. You want to design a space that is both functional and comfortable, whether you use it primarily for sleeping and relaxing or for work, and other tasks and hobbies.

How Do You Build a Master Suite?

To create a master suite at your home in the West Suburbs of the Twin Cities, you’ll either start with one of your standard-sized bedrooms and transform it, or you can build a master suite addition. Typically, the cost of remodeling a room is cheaper than constructing a new space, top to bottom, from scratch. However, it depends on several factors, including the square footage, whether you’re expanding within or outside of your home’s existing footprint, and the specific features, fixtures, and finishes you choose.

In general, a master suite addition costs upward of $100,000. Whether you go with midrange or upscale finishes, you can expect to recoup about 45% of your costs in potential resale value. More importantly, you wind up with an alluring, kids-free zone to call your own.

Once you’ve decided a master bedroom is in order, here are the steps to designing this new space for your Twin Cities home:

1. Set Your Budget

Your budget is the driving force behind a home improvement project of any kind. A $150,000 budget will get you a dramatically different project than $50,000. Knowing how much you can—and want to—spend on your master suite addition upfront will enable you to set realistic expectations and stay within your financial comfort zone. You don’t want to get to the end of your project and feel stressed out because you spent more than you anticipated. Plus, having a rough budget in mind before going into the design and development phase enables your Twin Cities contractor to collaborate more effectively with you. You can implement cost-saving measures to keep your project on track and to maximize your return on investment (ROI) for the home addition.

2. Pick a Location

You may have quite a bit of flexibility when selecting where to build your master suite. It depends on the layout of your home, as well as the overall condition of your property. Building the first-floor addition is one option, but it will decrease your yard space. You also should look into setback requirements and whether the topography of your property would make a horizontal expansion difficult. You can also build up instead of out, adding your master suite on top of ground floor space. There are pros and cons to both options. A second-story master suite addition is likely to be more difficult to age into, but it may provide you more peace and quiet being distanced from your main living area.

If you’re working on a tighter budget or don’t want to mess with knocking down exterior walls and building a new roof, you can create a master suite by remodeling empty or underutilized space in your home. You may even be able to convert a basement or attic into your new master suite. Keep in mind the average size of a master suite is about 115 to 210 square feet, although it can vary based on the size of your home and your personal preferences.

3. Design a Layout

The next step is designing a layout for your new suite. To begin developing a suitable master bedroom layout, think about your current living space and what it lacks. Do you desire a more luxurious bathroom with extra features? Would you like more space for furniture, such as a sitting area and gas stove? Do you have an outdoor living space you’d like your master suite to connect to? Would you like a walk-in closet, and is it more convenient for you to put it near the bedroom or bathroom part of the suite? Do you need a home office space for remote work and, if so, does that include a small coffee bar or refrigerator? Your layout also may be influenced by how long you plan to live in your current home in Minneapolis. It can be helpful to create a list of project goals and prioritize them between what you need and what you want. The goal is to design a practical master suite that accommodates how you envision using and moving throughout the space on a daily basis. You should be able to walk freely in the space and use all your fixtures and furniture comfortably. An open floor plan is probably optimal if you want more freedom to play around with the placement of your bed and other furniture. A few other factors to take into consideration besides traffic flow include: maximizing natural light; creating easy access to an adjacent patio or garden; and making the space easy to maintain and keep organized.

4. Choose a Design Style

Beyond the physical layout, you also have to select a certain style around which to select the various design and architectural elements, the color palette, fabrics, décor, and other aspects of the room. There are numerous design styles to pick from, including contemporary, traditional, coastal, French country, Victorian, mid-century modern, and Scandinavian, to name a few. Whatever the style, it should encompass the entirety of the space—meaning you shouldn’t pick one style for the bathroom and another for the bedroom. This is a master suite, after all, and cohesion and flow are essential to creating an alluring and inviting space.

Hiring a Design-Build Remodeler in the Twin Cities

Designing a master suite addition for your home in the West Suburbs is all the more effective and rewarding if you have the right team on your side. At Black Dog Homes, we offer a full range of design and construction services to make the entire process of remodeling or adding on to your home seamless and less stressful. We can work with you to create your vision, inspire your imagination, budget effectively and then create your new and improved space with the highest quality craftsmanship.

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