The Master Bedroom Checklist

Creating the perfect master bedroom suite is part art and part science. The art is your personal taste, and the science is translating your vision into the architectural design and building process required to make your new custom home in WV real. Often, the master bedroom acts as a retreat, where you can spend time alone or with your significant other. It’s where you can relax and recharge. It’s where you can prepare for a busy day ahead, then decompress and de-stress at day’s end. Of course, everyone has their own idea of a dream master bedroom suite, which typically includes a private master bath, and walk-in closet or a full-on dressing room.

Design Elements of a Perfect Master Suite

Consider the following characteristics for your custom bedroom design:

  • Location in the home: A secluded location is usually ideal for your master. The ground floor is a popular option for convenience, and to accommodate a possible future need to avoid stairs. (Although an elevator is always an option.) Depending upon your property’s surroundings, the back of the home, upstairs, may be the most serene spot for your elegant master suite. No matter where you place your master, the other bedrooms should be on another floor, or the opposite side of the house. This thoughtful home layout should ensure your complete privacy.
  • All masters: What about making all the bedrooms in the house master suites? This is a terrific idea when you’re doing new construction.
  • Size: How large would you like your bedroom to be? Would you enjoy a square or rectangular space?
  • Reading nook or alcove: A detail like this can make your master suite into a real living space.
  • Fireplace: In tile or brick–and what style and material should the mantel be?
  • Workout area: You might instead prefer a true home gym, in an adjacent or separate room, in your new house or new home addition.
  • Bay window(s) or bow window(s), with window seat: These windows provide a more expansive view, extending out from the side of the home.
  • Balcony or private patio: Consider including this private outdoor space as part of your “master plan.”
  • French doors: These could lead onto a patio/balcony, or could divide your sleep area from the reading area in your master suite.
  • Tall and wide sliders: Yet another alternative to enter your balcony/balconies or patio. With this much glass, you can really blur the boundary between outdoors and in.
  • Skylights: These can be lovely, especially if your room is very large, so you can enjoy natural light, even far from the windows.
  • Ceiling options: Consider a raised or vaulted ceiling, tray ceiling, decorative crown molding.
  • Lighting: What about a chandelier, modern fixture(s) with ceiling fans and/or wall sconces for restful, indirect lighting?
  • Floors: Luxury carpet, exotic wood flooring,
  • Closets: Consider a full-on dressing room or a walk-in closet–big enough to have an island of drawers in the center. Should the dressing room/closet be directly accessed from the bedroom, or located just beyond the bathroom? Would you like separate his and hers closets? What about a cedar-lined closet?
  • Built-ins: Consider built-in, custom chests of drawers and/or shelving to perfectly fit the space.
  • Vanity/sinks in bedroom: This hotel-style arrangement may appeal to you.
  • Feature wall: This could to serve as a distinctive headboard behind your bed.
  • There’s much more.

About the Master Bath…

Your new master bath can be built to rival the finest spa or salon. You could choose marble flooring (or easier care marble-look tile) for ultimate elegance. You could opt for a fully tiled (floor to ceiling) wet room, aka shower room. You might choose a jetted tub, or a clawfoot model for vintage flair. Vanities can really define the style of a bathroom, from vintage chest-of-drawers styles to modern, minimalist “floating” vanities that don’t touch the floor. Vanities with bowl or vessel sinks (in everything from copper to glass) are also lovely. And your choice of vanity countertop materials is nearly endless. You’ll find more master bath ideas in our other blog posts.

The Right Builder Makes It Simple to Create Your Dream Home or Master Bedroom Addition

Let this checklist inspire you as you build your ideal custom master bedroom retreat in your mind’s eye. You’ll enjoy these options and many more with a custom built home, newly constructed to your exact specifications.

Partner with a skilled custom homebuilder to bring your ideal master suite to fruition. Contact Miller’s Residential Creations today. 

Brian Miller is the owner of Miller's Residential Creations, a custom home builder and remodeling company servicing Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties of West Virginia since 2004.
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