Long gone are the days where a slightly larger bedroom stood as the master in a home. Now, buyers and homeowners expect to find a spectacular retreat: a place where they can shut the door and get away from everything else. While many people go on vacation to find that type of peace, you can create an oasis in your own home through a master-suite addition. A master bedroom is more than just a place to sleep; it’s an extension of your living space that needs to be functional and practical while still relaxing. But before you begin designing your master-suite addition, consider these points, which will increase your home’s value:

1. Budget wisely
The cost of the average master-suite addition can range between $50,000 and $125,000, depending on finishes, build size, and overall cost of construction in your area. With such a wide range of cost, it’s easy to see why some homeowners might shy away from such a build. Most homeowners will only recoup 50% of their investment in a new master suite when they sell, but if you budget smart, you could end up with a lot more.

By setting a budget for your master-suite addition, you can dictate the size of your project, determine material options, and decide if certain DIY projects are feasible. A budget is just a starting number, so don’t let it overwhelm you if it extends above what you can comfortably afford. There are many products that look like higher-end finishes but are half the cost. So, if you want a luxury look but can’t afford the high-end prices that come with it, you’ll have options that are significantly cheaper. This will help you save significantly on your budget, and will add significantly more to your home’s value.

2. Design a practical floor plan
Every master-suite addition needs a solid floor plan with a well-thought-out design. Floor plans are an integral part of your build because you need to be sure that everything you want to be included will fit and that the rooms will be functional for everyday life. A master-suite floor plan should easily accommodate a queen- or king-sized bed, nightstands, a dresser, ample closet space, and a full bathroom.

Put some thought into the areas you walk through the most in your bedroom. Do you want to be walking back and forth from one side of the room to the other to get from your closet to the bathroom? To keep everything organized and cohesive, consider placing the closet close to the bathroom or have your walk-in closet be attached to your master bathroom.

3. Make the bathroom an oasis
Creating a relaxing and soothing spa-like bathroom will be a solid investment. While you don’t have to pick the most expensive finishes or materials, choose ones that offer clean lines and a timeless look. Glass-enclosed showers and freestanding tubs make great first impressions and also offer more usable space. Another must-have are dual sinks—people want at least two sinks in a master bathroom. Not only does it keep the peace, it gives the bathroom a more luxurious feel. Bathrooms are rooms that sell homes because they are such an integral part of daily life. If you plan on living in your home for several years before selling, a master-bedroom addition will also add to your happiness while living there, especially since the bathroom oasis will be for just you and your partner.

Any addition to your home will involve serious planning. Pick up a few home-design magazines to gather inspiration on what you’d like to see in your new master-bedroom suite and search Pinterest for ideas. Then consult experts to help you design your dream master suite. Sweebe Architecture can provide you with a free consultation that will help to put your mind at ease and provide ideas you likely haven’t even considered when considering your master-suite addition.