Main Level vs. Second Story Master Suites

While designing your dream home, there’s a crucial decision to be made about the location of your sanctuary—the master suite. Traditionally, the master suite, or ‘primary bedroom’, resided on the second story of a two-story house, along with the rest of the bedrooms. It would naturally be on the main level of a one-story house, of course. While house plan design trends evolve, so has the location of the master suite. You can have it wherever you prefer now! Let’s explore the pros and cons of having your retreat on the main level versus the second floor.

Pros of Main Level Master Suites

Accessibility: Ideal for those seeking an accessible home, main-level master suites cater to homeowners at all life stages. You can comfortably live on the same level as the main living areas and don’t have to worry about climbing up and down stairs throughout the day.

a one-story cottage with a main-level master suite
Hollybush Exclusive Craftsman House Plan 9081

Aging in Place: With aging in place becoming a popular consideration, having the master suite on the main level allows for a more extended period of comfortable living in your home. Need to keep the house’s footprint compact to fit on your lot? Let the kids fill out the second story!

a main-level master suite in a symmetrical farmhouse
 The Honeysuckle Affordable Ranch Farmhouse Style House Plan 8859

Cons of Main Level Master Suites

Privacy: Main-level bedrooms may be more susceptible to noise from communal living areas, potentially compromising privacy. Some layouts specifically tuck the master suite down its own hallway to overcome this issue, so make sure to explore different floor plans.

Limited Views: If your property offers scenic views, a second-story location might provide better opportunities for enjoying them due to the higher vantage point.

Pros of Second Story Master Suites

Enhanced Privacy: Being on the second story often means a quieter and more private space, away from the hustle and bustle of daily activities. Many families enjoy clearly defined living and sleeping zones and splitting them between levels.

a luxurious second-story master suite in a traditional home
Pinelands Manor Exclusive Traditional House Plan 4217

Better Views: If your home is situated to capture beautiful surroundings, a second-story location can offer breathtaking views.

a Florida-style home with a second-story master suite that takes in lovely water views
Bahama Breeze House Plan 1892

Cons of Second Story Master Suites

Stairs: Accessibility can be a concern, particularly for those with mobility challenges or for homeowners looking to age in place. If you still want to enjoy the benefits of a second-story suite, consider adding a stairlift or modifying the home plans to include an elevator.

Temperature Fluctuations: Second-story bedrooms may experience more significant temperature variations. Make sure to invest in a good HVAC system and proper insulation!

The choice between a main-level and second-story master suite depends on your lifestyle, preferences, and future plans. Whether you prioritize accessibility or panoramic views, understanding the benefits and drawbacks of each option will guide you toward creating the perfect retreat in your dream home. Our professional Home Plan Advisors can help you navigate between these options. Contact us today to find the house plan with your perfect master suite included!

Josh Johnson
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Josh Johnson, a home and design enthusiast, brings over a decade of experience in branding, social media, and business development. As a Marketing Specialist with The House Designers, Josh hopes to inspire aspiring homeowners and those in the home construction industry with his unique tips and tricks to find the perfect home plan.

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