When you consider buying a new home for sale in the Triangle area, the location of the master bedroom can spark debate. It all comes down to your family unit and your stage in life. Let’s get into some pros and cons and then you can decide what’s best for how you live.
First-Floor Master Bedrooms
Pros: No stairs. This is a pretty important win for the first-floor master. Maybe you’re an empty-nester and the kids are no longer living in your home permanently. Your first-floor bedroom just might save you some money on utilities since you don’t need to fully heat or cool the second floor. Cleaning the second floor just became a once-in-a-while chore, not an every day one.
Maybe you’re retired and simply don’t need a second floor with all those bedrooms—and everything you need is already on the first floor. Or what if you have mobility issues? Having your bedroom on the first floor certainly helps with an ankle, knee or hip problems. A first-floor master bedroom also makes sense for your future, allowing you to “grow” in place.
If you have older kids at home, a master bedroom on the first floor may be particularly attractive for your privacy and sanity. You won’t hear slamming doors, loud music or arguments about who gets to use the gaming console. For the kids, the space upstairs becomes “theirs” and allows for more flexibility, private spaces, bathrooms, and a bonus—they can entertain their friends away from your space.
Cons: First-floor master bedrooms might be hard when you have a little one that needs to be attended to and they’re on the second floor. Will you hear them call for you? Parents may seem “too” far away from their kids.
First-floor masters can be noisier, depending on where the bedroom is located. Is it right off of the living room or kitchen? When other people are home watching TV or preparing food in the kitchen, it can be disturbing if you’re trying to sleep. Especially if you’re a light sleeper.
Second Floor Master Bedrooms
Pros: If you have young children at home, being on the same floor feels safer. You’re all on the same level within earshot of each other in case of emergencies, bad dreams, or even sicknesses.
If you have small children, having your bedroom on the same floor will make soothing a crying infant or comforting a fussy toddler a lot easier. Late-night journeys up and down stairs will wear you out.
Laundry! Most of your laundry is generated by clothes, which means the laundry should be handy to the bedrooms. If the master is on the same floor as the other bedrooms, there’s no lugging laundry baskets up and down the stairs.
Cons: Privacy can be an issue if you’re all gathered around each other on the same floor. Late night study habits of your high schooler can disrupt the house. You had a bad day and need a relaxing, quiet night to soak in the tub, but the kids have friends over in the bonus room and then there’s no such thing as quiet!
With all of your belongings upstairs, having to trek up and downstairs for anything needed in the kitchen or living room can become a chore. A midnight snack or grabbing a cup of coffee in the morning may become difficult.
What happens if someone can’t handle stairs because of a health issue? A broken leg, an elderly family member or guest won’t be able to maneuver the stairs. Even a new mom who is balancing a newborn and exhaustion just can’t think about taking those stairs for a daytime nap.
Deciding the location of your master bedroom is truly a personal choice for your family and your needs. Take a tour of a variety of new home plans for sale and think about your pros and cons.
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