Design Tips for Adding a Master Suite

A master bathroom can set your home apart from others in your neighboorhood for resale as well as giving you a spa-like retreat you can enjoy every day. A master suite addition can be a great way to expand your living space and upgrade the value of your home. Here are a few ideas to get you started with your master suite project:


When you consider a master suite addition, you dream of soaking in a large tub or unwinding in a steam shower. As you are planning your dream here are a few things to think about:

  • Privacy: Create a space that feels like an escape from life: OK, escape from the kids. For that, you’ll need privacy, so place closets — they’re sound barriers — between you and the hubbub of the house, or on walls shared with other bedrooms.
  • View: Give your master suite addition the best view through the biggest windows. If neighbors are nearby, place windows at about 5 feet above the floor so you can enjoy the view, but your neighbors can’t (if you know what we mean).
  • Separation: Think also about whether you’d prefer your bedroom and bathroom separated by a door or small hallway. An open plan can make the master suite feel bigger and more luxurious — but it can also invite humidity and odors into the bedroom, so you’ll want an extra-powerful ventilation system if you go this route. It’s also a good idea to isolate the toilet in its own room or alcove so two people can use the space at the same time and still retain some privacy.

Must Haves:

  • Large shower: An enclosure of 4-feet-by-6-feet is ideal for two. It should have a bench and a few body sprays at different heights to sooth aching muscles.
  • Big walk-in closet: Make it at least 7-feet-by-10-feet if it’s just for her; 10-feet-by-10-feet if it’s shared, which gives enough room for clothes plus a spot for a dressing chair. You’ll want built-in organizers with well-designed compartments for easy access to your wardrobe.
  • His and hers grooming stations: Each with sink, mirror, and counter space.
  • Radiant floor heating in the bathroom: Hot water circulating in tubes or electric heating mats under the tile or stone is an efficient way to heat the space, and you’ll never have to put your bare feet down on a cold surface again.


If you need more help designing your dream master suite, call the experts at Foster Remodeling Solutions today! 703.550.1371