| Main-level master bedrooms are one hot design trend. Indeed, home owners and architects alike are eschewing the golden rule of public areas downstairs and private bedrooms upstairs, and they’re mixing up these spaces with wild abandon. |
The decision to make room for the master suite on the main level isn’t random. It’s part of the latest evolution in home design. It’s called universal design and is based on designing a home that’s just easier to usefor all ages, genders, sizes and abilities. An essential component of this equal-opportunity concept is one-story living.
While this new allocation of square footage creates a more accessible living space, there are some challenges in terms of what to do with the remaining gap upstairs and how to make way for another room downstairs. And, of course, you now have a very private room sharing walls with and opening up to the most public gathering areas. So you and your design team need to balance accessibility with privacy.
Fill in the Gap
Another option that’s tried and true is to fill part of the leftover gap with a smaller bonus room or a loft that overlooks a two-story great room.
You have two options here. Either shave off square footage of the existing rooms to carve out a spot for the master bedroom that fits within the original footprintor create a completely separate wing for the master bedroom.
To read the full story on main-level living, check out the July 2005 issue of Log Home Living.