In its narrowest definition, a master suite is merely a room to sleep in with an attached bathroom. However, the goal in any well designed house is for the master suite to be an extension of the function and style of the entire home. Since we spend around a third of our day in the bedroom, we should give careful consideration to designing this space to match our lifestyle. Here are a few guidelines for designing the master suite and integrating it into the rest of the log home.
The walk-in closet is of course the most popular choice for the modern log home. It offers the space needed to store and easily access your clothes. A popular variation is “his and hers closets” with separate closets for each occupant of the master bedroom. If you currently find getting ready for the day involves a traffic jam in the closet, then this may be an option to consider. In any case, think about where you will site the closet relative to the bedroom and master bath. Direct access to the closet from the bathroom can be very convenient if your morning routine consists of dressing right after a shower.
The first floor master suite is very popular these days, preferred about two-to-one over a second floor master in a poll we conducted on this blog. If you decide to go this route, consider where you will place the bedroom on the main floor. You will want to separate your master from living spaces where people may still be gathered after you retire for the night. Although walls can be soundproofed well, a short hallway separating the suite from common rooms helps preserve your privacy.
If your master suite is instead on the second floor with other bedrooms, consider moving the laundry room to the second floor or even into the master suite. Lugging the laundry up and down the stairs is a chore, so situating the laundry room where most of the laundry is generated makes sense. If you have bedrooms on split levels, then a first floor laundry probably makes more sense.
Many homeowners like to design a siting area within their master suite. This can provide a nice, quiet space to relax away from kids or visitors to the house. If you use this design element, consider how you want to situate your siting area relative to your lot. If you plan on spending a great deal of time here, then maybe placing the sitting area where it has a good view outside is important. If it will only be an occasional respite, then you should consider saving the good views for more used rooms like the great room.
Whether you like to keep the master suite simple or you want a space loaded with amenities, there is a log home that will be just right for you. Please contact Real Log Homes today to get started designing a log home with your perfect master suite.