Ask the Architect: No Master Bedroom?

"Have you ever designed a home without a master bedroom?

I would like two adjoining bedrooms to master bath downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs in a 1 1/2 Victorian or country house.

Mary Anne"

Mary Anne,

I have designed houses without a master bedroom, but that situation is unusual. Based on my experience, almost everyone wants a master bedroom. Building a home without a master could lower the home's resale value.

If you're planning to build 2 adjoining bedrooms downstairs, perhaps the partition between them can be designed for easy removal so the rooms can be joined.

David Moore, AIA
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