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Are you thinking about a master suite addition for your home? You’ll have to decide if you want to build your master suite addition on your main floor or invest in a second-story master suite. In this blog, we’ll walk you through the top items that you should consider when deciding to add your master suite to the ground-level or second-story in Bucks County or Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. 

Who Should Have a Ground-Level Master Suite?

Ground Level Master Suite

Ground-level master suite additions are great for individuals and couples who plan to remain in their homes long-term, creating an accessible space to age in place. They’re also great for families with small children as well as older adults who may not be able to navigate stairs as efficiently as they have in the past.

Not to mention, there’s a growing popularity for main floor master suite additions due to homeowners remaining in their homes longer, or have found themselves in a season where they’re needing to care for aging parents and the desire to have a main floor guest suite for family and friends who are visiting from out-of-town.

Why Choose a Ground-Level Master Suite Addition?

Main floor master suites often cost less to build than their second-story counterparts. The average cost to build a master suite addition is about $170,000, but it can range from $120,000 to $225,000, depending on the finishes, size, and options you choose.

For example, building a second story that contains a bedroom, a modest bathroom, and a walk-in closet can range from $110,000 to $190,000 or more. This is because there’s a need to reinforce the weight of the second story, remove and replace the roof and install a staircase.

Other pros of a ground-level master suite include:

  • Age in place gracefully
  • Create a sanctuary for yourself and your spouse
  • Give older children their own private space
  • Minimal disruption during the building process

Points of Consideration for a Ground-Level Master Suite

Depending on your existing floor plan, a main floor master suite may not make sense. This is especially true if your master suite addition requires building out, and expanding the footprint of the home with a new foundation. Here are some circumstances that may make that difficult:

Keep in mind what your neighborhood currently looks like when deciding if a ground-level master suite makes sense for your lifestyle. If no other homes have second stories, then you can ensure that you won’t risk overbuilding for your neighborhood by expanding your first-level footprint


Who Should Have a Second-Story Master Suite?

Second Story Master

Second-story master suite additions are great for growing families who need extra space, and for those whose lot isn’t large enough to accommodate a first-floor addition. It’s also a great idea if the majority of homes in your neighborhood have two floors, especially if you plan to sell your home in the future in Bucks or Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Advantages of Second-Story Master Suite Additions

Second-story additions offer several advantages over first-floor master suite additions. The biggest benefit is that you’ll completely separate your public and private living areas. That means there’s a reduced risk of a guest venturing up to the second-floor and exploring.

A more obvious advantage is that if you choose a full second-story addition, you’ll double your home’s square footage, which will increase its overall market value. You'll also be able to design your second-floor to your exact specifications and won’t reduce your outdoor living space.

Additionally, there is no need to install a second foundation, which could be a major cost-saver.

Points of Consideration for Second-Story Additions

The biggest drawback of a second-story owner’s suite addition is the slight disruption to your current living space during construction and the big price tag associated with the roofing. Second-story additions require removing and rebuilding all or part of your home’s roof. Your ground-level floor may also need structural reinforcements in order to support a second level, which can further increase the cost. 

As we mentioned earlier, you’ll also want to look at your neighborhood in Bucks County or Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. If no other homes contain second stories, that could mean that you won’t recoup as much of the cost investment if you decide to sell your home. You’ll also need to discuss finding a place for stairs, which will take square footage from the main level.

Ready to Start Your Master Suite Addition Project?


Now that you've weighed your options for your master suite addition, will you go with a ground-level or a second-story owner’s suite? Either way, our experienced design team can help you plan your project from its inception to its completion in order to ensure you get the master suite that you deserve and makes the most sense for your family’s season of life. When you're ready to get started, give us a call


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