Planning Your Northern Virginia Master Bedroom and Bathroom Addition

October 11, 2017

A master bedroom and bath addition is a popular remodeling project for personal comfort and enjoyment. A term that you may be hearing a lot lately is “en suite.” En suite refers to a bathroom adjoining a bedroom. A master en suite may include a king size bed, multiple dressers, walk-in closets, a bath with spa features, a walk-in shower, a free-standing tub and other amenities. If space for a master en suite cannot be attained by making interior changes, many homeowners will opt to build an addition.


1. Building Up vs Building Out?


A. Building Up
  • There is the option to replicate the square footage of the bottom floor
  • You do not have the expense of laying an additional foundation
  • It can create outdoor views you didn't have before
  • You may be able to add a second story deck or terrace


  • The integrity of the main floor needs to be checked to ensure structural stability, which requires an engineer
  • If an entire second story is being added, all of the expenses will be incurred with the exception of the foundation-things like electrical, framing, plumbing, and roofing costs
  • An additional HVAC system may need to be added to account for the new square footage
  • A new stairway to the second floor may cause your main floor layout to be adjusted so that access is smooth and functional to the second story


B. Building Out
  • This may allow for a 1st floor Master Bedroom & Bathroom
  • A vaulted ceiling will be easier to achieve
  • A deck or patio can be built off of the bedroom with folding french doors
  • You may not need to add a new HVAC system


  • It will eat away into any available yard space
  • You will need to have a new foundation poured
  • Depending on the age of your home, it may be difficult to find an exact match to your existing siding






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2. Bathroom Versatility




  • Customizing an en suite into a completely new space allows you to create your dream bathroom floor plan
  • Double sinks, an enclosed commode, aromatherapy shower heads, and a separate tub and shower are possible
  • More storage space can be incorporated into the design


  • Depending on the size of the overall addition, you may want to decide if a bigger bathroom or bedroom is more important
  • Custom tile can be expensive
  • It may not match the decor or style of your other bathrooms



3. Exterior Considerations


Image via R. B. Schwarz, Inc.



  • A second story bump-out could allow for a covered patio below
  • Layered levels to the home can add dramatic eye appeal
  • New features-such as field stone and decorative trim can be added to enhance curb appeal


  • Depending on the age of your home, it may be difficult to find an exact match to your existing siding material
  • New gutters and downspouts may need to be installed
  • Depending on the age of your roof, it may be difficult to find an exact match to your existing roof material


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Image via Riach Architects


 Image via zero ten design


4. Expanding Closet Space


  • Adding a window into a closet is a great way to achieve natural light, just make sure there are privacy shades
  • Customizable shelving units and drawers make any combination possible
  • Minimal electrical work is required for this type of space


  • Custom shelving can be expensive, so knowing how much extra space you actually need is helpful in planning
  • You may fight with your spouse on who gets how much space! So a linear closet might be ideal, as it would best fit along a galley shaped bathroom








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