Long gone are the days when a slightly larger bedroom can be passed off 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 design your own addition, consider these points, which will increase your home’s value:

1. Budget wisely
You’re probably wondering just how much is a room addition? The cost of the average master suite 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, decide if certain DIY projects are feasible, and create a remodeling project that adds value to your home. 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 as you design your own addition. 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 as you design your own addition, 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 is a remodeling project that adds value to your home. While you don’t have to pick the most expensive finishes or materials, choose ones that offer clean lines and a timeless look as you design your addition. 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.

4. Consider the room’s layout and spacing
Furniture placement and simple design choices can make a big impact, not only for you as you live in your new master-suite addition, but also for a potential buyer in the future. Everything you do as you design your own addition should increase your home’s value, which means you need to be making smart choices. While kitchens and bathrooms sell homes, bedrooms are just as important to the overall feel of a home. If a bedroom seems small and crowded, no one will want to spend time in there.

The layout of your room is completely dependent on its size. If a room is smaller, concessions will need to be made regarding what furniture can be utilized and what goes where. When you have a larger space, you have the luxury of playing around with different furniture placements. The main layout of a bedroom focuses on the bed itself and usually two side tables to anchor the space. Placing the bed along a wall will open up space in the center of the room. It will also allow for the most light to enter the room with minimal obstructions. Your bed size may be a factor in how your bedroom is organized. A larger bed will eat up more space in the room, so other furniture pieces like a dresser or armoire might need to be downsized to effectively accommodate the bed.

Many people forget about spacing in a bedroom. You want to be able to move around your bedroom with ease, meaning you won’t be bumping into furniture. Even if the room is small, you’ll want to leave ample walking space around the perimeter of the bed. Rooms that don’t have proper spacing often feel small and cramped.

5. Make the master suite an adult space
It’s important to keep in mind who is using the space as you design your own addition. An adult space may require some additional décor and more attention to function, while a child’s space might be more playful with areas meant for imagination and growth. The layout of an adult master suite will be vastly different than that of a child’s. For example, an adult bedroom will be an area to relax and de-stress with cool and calming colors, meaningful accents, and functional space to get ready for the day.

For your child’s room, there should be more open space to play, with a twin bed most likely placed against a far wall to open up the middle section for toys and games. Children will be less concerned with the amount of closet space and will most likely want bright and vibrant colors on the walls to express personalities or quirks. A child will want more movable space than an adult since their bedroom will serve multi-functions as a hangout space, play area, homework section, and eventually rest.

6. Use design to your favor
The design of a space can significantly impact the floor plan and spacing available within a room—and is an integral part of this remodeling project that adds value to your home. Your choices in this area will also play a role in the overall feeling of the space, whether it’s light and bright or cool and warm through paint choices, fabrics, décor, and furniture. While paint isn’t part of a floor plan, it will affect the appearance of a space, meaning it can make a room feel larger or smaller. Big furniture pieces in a dark room will make the space feel cramped and have a negative effect on the layout of a space. A room painted in lighter colors could handle slightly larger furniture because the room would be brighter and feel less crowded.

If you plan on selling in the near future, you have to think in terms of a buyer, meaning neutral choices and layouts that show off how much space is available. If you have too much furniture in a space, but don’t need it, try removing a couple of non-essential pieces and see how it transforms the space.

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.