One undeniable truth is that we’re all getting older, and many of the homes we remodel at T.W. Ellis are a reflection of that fact.
Baby Boomers are living longer, and want to stay in their homes. Retirement for them doesn’t look the same as previous generations. And Generation X isn’t far behind them – the oldest members of that age cohort turned 55 last year. As Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS), our team has the specialized training and knowledge to help you remodel your home for the long term.
One of the most prominent examples of this trend is the master suite on the main floor. Many homes around Forest Hill and Bel Air are two stories, with the bedrooms on the second floor. This can present a challenge for an aging homeowner. As bones and joints age, a master suite on the main floor eliminates the extra climbing up and down stairs and reduces the chance of a fall.
A master suite addition can make sense for a multitude of reasons. We have clients that are building it for their own requirements (now or in the future) or for the needs of aging parents. In the meantime, it can make a great guest suite, allowing visitors privacy while still being part of the home.
By remodeling your existing space or adding a new suite, T.W. Ellis can help you transform your home for today and the future.
Is it the best solution?
We urge homeowners to explore all of their options with any remodel. Renovating an existing home will allow you to stay in an area you like, but are there other homes available that may fill your needs?
If we are building an addition for you, how long do you plan on staying in the home? Our recommendation is that homeowners plan on staying at least five years to recoup the investment.
It’s important to have realistic expectations for resale as well. There is a narrow group of buyers looking for master suites on the first floor, but at the same time there’s an equally small number of homes out there with these options.
Is there room for an addition?
While a master suite can be created out of existing space, the best solution is an addition. That allows us to create the space necessary for a bedroom, closet and full bathroom, as well as the additional water and HVAC needs. It is also more difficult to provide the desired privacy in an existing space, especially if you do a lot of entertaining.
Over the year, we’ve done both additions and remodels of existing space. With our design expertise we can find the right solution for you if an addition is not an option.
Ready to make your home more livable now and in the future? T.W. Ellis can help you with any of your remodeling needs. Contact us today!