Pros and Cons of First-Floor Master Suites

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Blog Post: July 15, 2018

Choosing the right floor plan for your Shaddock Custom custom home is essential to end up with a home that will make you comfortable for years to come. You really want something that fits your specific lifestyle.

That will impact how you choose your kitchen and family room designs. It should also affect the placement of your master bedroom. If you look at our selection of floor plans, you’ll notice that many of them feature master suites on the main level. It’s one of the trends we’ve seen in homebuilding over the past few years. Is that the right choice for your home? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of first-floor master suites.

Why a First-Floor Master Suite May Make Sense
There are a number of reasons why locating a master suite on the main level makes good sense.

  • A master suite (bedroom and bath) can be a great guest suite if you frequently have visitors or family that visit. They provide comfort and privacy for guests so that they don’t have to share a bathroom with the rest of the family.
  • If you happen to have an aging family member living with you (or may have in the near future) this is a comfortable set up because it allows your in-laws or relatives to feel like part of the family—while maintaining some privacy of their own.
  • First-floor master bedrooms can also be ideal for those with a disability or for someone recovering from surgery or an injury. It allows you to eliminate the problems stairs can cause.
  • Parents of older children (i.e. teens) often like the idea of putting some distance between themselves and their increasingly louder offspring. Older kids also appreciate the space between themselves and their parents.
  • Your needs may change in the future. Maybe stairs are no big obstacle for you now, but master bedrooms on the first floor are ideal for aging in place—being able to remain comfortably in your home without having to deal with stairs. Everything is accessible and safe to use.
  • If you are buying or building a forever home, then a first-floor master bedroom or suite is definitely something you should be considering.

When a Main-level Master Suite May NOT be Ideal
Despite the advantages, there may be situations in which locating the master suite on the main level might not be ideal.

  • A first-floor master will be close to entertaining spaces. That can make it hard to ensure peace and quiet in the bedroom. This can be an issue if you or your spouse keeps odd hours. You may find that if your spouse or kids want to entertain guests that it’s a bit too loud to sleep.
  • First-floor master bedrooms can sometimes take up a fair amount of space, so if you’re thinking about downsizing and building a home with a smaller footprint, you might not have the room to create the space you want.
  • Families with younger children tend to find the main-floor master a problem because it generally means someone will be running up and down stairs when little people call. While baby monitors can help to tell you what’s happening, you might not like the extra middle of the night workout!

The pros and cons of a main-floor master are definitely lifestyle-related. That’s why it’s always a good idea to think about how your family will use the spaces in your home before deciding on a specific plan.

If you would like to learn more about building a custom home that fits your family’s lifestyle contact Ben at 214.497.5858 or ben@shaddockcaldwell.com.

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