Considering A Master Suite Addition? Factors To Help You Get Started

Posted on: 10 December 2018

Today, most homes are built with a master bedroom and bath. However, you may live in an older home that does not offer this special retreat. In addition, you may live in a home with a small bedroom that you use as your master. Having a more elaborate master bedroom and bathroom suite is a dream for most people, but this dream can become a reality. If you are considering a master suite addition, here are a few important factors to keep in mind during the design process.

Location

The location of your new master suite is the first thing you need to consider when designing this addition. The location will be based on the current size and layout of your home and the amount of land you have on the lot.

If you have a multi-level home, you will need to decide which level you will want your master suite located. You also have the option of creating another level just for your master suite addition. This will require structural engineers to ensure your home has the support necessary for an additional level.

If you do decide a master suite on an upper level is right for you, remember that walking up and down the stairs will become challenging as you age. Therefore, many homeowners choose to include their master suite addition on the main level. Contractors will help you determine if there is sufficient space around your home to accommodate a master suite addition, which may require using some of your home's current square footage.

Permits

You and your contractors will also need to apply for permits before starting the addition project. Checking with your local county administration is smart, since most municipalities have zoning restrictions on where and how you can build or if an addition will even be possible.

In most cases, these restrictions will not allow you to build within a certain foot from a neighboring property. There are also guidelines that must be met involving underground and overhead utilities. For example, you may not be able to build an addition on land where plumbing, sewer, or electrical lines are run. Or, your home will not accommodate an extra level if there are overhead power lines nearby.

Adding a master suite to your home is not meant to be easy, but with proper planning and understanding, it can be a worthwhile project. This guide will help you get started with a few key factors to understand before building your new home addition.

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