A “Suite” Treat – Add a Little Luxury

If you’re planning to stay in your home for decades, or even if you’re anticipating a sale in the next few years, a master bedroom suite addition can be a valuable asset. If nothing else, it’s a little bit of luxury just for you in an otherwise practical world.  Your bedroom is where you relax and unwind. It’s your own private sanctuary.  And, it can add value to your home.  According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report for 2011, adding a master suite can garner a majority of your investment in return at resale – with the added advantage of living well prior to resale – in areas like Fairfax, Manassas and Alexandria (all considered part of the Southeast USA by the magazine).

When planning your addition, look at the high-end homes in the area.  What they’re incorporating today will set the trend for the future in mid-range homes.  A basic master suite upgrade must include a bathroom – think spa – and a walk-in closet or two.  Be careful not to eliminate any basics, such as a tub or a shower. This will devalue the home for future buyers.  More on the bathroom upgrade in our next post…

The suite itself might include tray ceilings, nooks or window seats. Any design that lets in lots of natural light is appealing – skylights are ideal for master suites.  Floor-to-ceiling windows that give you a panoramic view of the great outdoors are very popular.  A sitting area with fireplace and big screen TV is also common and not only adds a little luxury now, it can be creatively marketed as an in-law suite later, if necessary. Built-in cabinets and innovative storage space is a practical bonus. Some of those cabinets might also include tie racks, shoe racks and rotating wardrobes.

Whatever your bedroom remodeling ideas, consider them a “suite” way to indulge yourself just a little.