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I am in need of advice on how we can change the sleeping area of the topmost floor of a small, terraced house.
We need to make the entrance to the terrace more direct and easy, while also creating a small toilet on the same floor, as the main bathroom is downstairs. It would be best if the toilet could be made accessible exclusively for the main bedroom, while also incorporating a walk-in closet or large wardrobe within the bedroom.
We would like to use the remaining space as a small studio or a possible guest bedroom, and we do not have any particular preferences on which room should be converted into the master bedroom. I am attaching a JPEG image of the current floor plan and will be grateful for any advice that you can provide us for our home improvement project.
From KUKUN’S resident architecture advisor:
Hi Claire, thank you for your inquiry. Your home improvement project needs to redefine the space in the sleeping area of the house.
The first thing that you need to do is retract the entrance of the master bedroom. This will create a hallway-like space, which will provide you with independent access to the terrace. You will need to build a new wall for this, and while you are doing so, you will also be able to create a small toilet in the far corner of the room with exclusive access to the bedroom.
The toilet will be placed so that if you want to make it accessible for the entire sleeping space, you will be able to easily modify the bathroom fittings and the position of the door to place it in the hallway instead of in the room. You can install a sliding door to save additional space in your toilet area.
The wardrobe will need to steal a little space from the studio room, and in this way, you can create a walk-in closet with access to the master bedroom with two sliding doors. These changes will transform your master bedroom into a real suite!
As for the home office, you can set up a desk there with shelves on the walls for your belongings, and place a wardrobe in one corner. You can also add a sofa bed, which is a good alternative to a guest bed because you can use it for extra seating when you don’t have guests. Please see the adjusted floor plan below.
Giving Your Master Suite That Touch of Luxury
Once your design-build for your brand new master suite is done, here are some ideas to add a touch of luxury to it.
Get the Right Bedding
The first thing you will need is the right kind of bed. Any luxurious hotel room you stay at will have a bed that’s so comfortable, you won’t be able to forget it. Since you’re splurging, we’d suggest you get yourself a DUX bed with all the bells and whistles. While you may end up spending anywhere between $4.500 to $12,000 on the bed, these beds have been scientifically proven to give the user better and deeper sleep.
Since you’re going all out on the bed, you might as well get the best linen as well. Bespoke bed linen with a thread count around 300 is what you need to really luxe up your bedroom suite. Stone pine pillows, with actual pine wood shavings from the Alps, will be cherry on top.
You can take a look at our most popular ones:
Wake Up Feeling Awesome
A small kitchenette wouldn’t be out of place in the scheme of things. We’re not asking you to move your dining room. Instead, small features, like an espresso machine for some coffee in bed, or a box of seasonal candies and chocolates from your local chocolatier will go a long way in adding to the charm.
Spruce Up Your Bathroom
Every master suite needs a master bathroom that can complement it.
A rain shower head in your shower cubicle is a must-have. And what luxurious bathroom doesn’t have a soaking tub?
Consider getting a fancy toilet, with an odor remover, seat warmer, an air dryer, and other luxury fittings.
Talk to your interior designers about adding an awesome decorative backsplash to add even more character to your master bathroom.
Light It Right
Lighting your master suite the right way is as important as the design or decor. We’re not talking just about function, like we would if we were discussing kitchen lighting. This needs a healthy mix of different types of lighting.
Ambient lighting to help you see is important. Depending on your ceiling height and type, choose between chandeliers, flush-mounted lights, pendant lights, or even floor lamps.
Table lamps and sconces all work great for task lighting, while the suite’s accent lighting needs can be handled with recessed lighting, sconces, or even fairy lights, depending on the room design.
Don’t forget to use dimmer switches to help with mood lighting. Remember that CFL and LED bulbs are both longer-lasting and more energy-efficient when compared to regular bulbs.
Of course, there is no substitute for natural lighting, so make sure your design involves large windows.
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