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Why do main floor master homes cost more?

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

Homes with a Downstairs Master Bedroom Cost More:

Why would it cost more for a downstairs master, instead of a two story home? Here's 6 reasons for the difference in cost, from a North Carolina custom home builder.  New home tips for building in NC:

  • Two-story homes with a main floor master bedroom will usually have a higher per square foot cost than a two-story home with all bedrooms located on the second floor. 
  • Judging homes by the "cost per square foot" can be misleading. Instead, ask "What's included in the cost per sq ft?"


Best Questions to Ask about Main Floor Master Home Prices:

1. Why main floor master homes cost more: Where's the Sq Ft?

The differences in how square footage is distributed add to the cost of building a home. 

Given two homes of essentially the same square footage - both with three bedrooms, with the option of either a 4th bedroom or some additional living/entertaining space - the rooflines, exteriors, footprints, framing, and garage locations can all be quite different.   A main floor master home is usually more spread out, with a larger first floor, than it's equivalent second floor master home.

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2. Why main floor master homes cost more: How large (and complex) is the roof?

A plan with a main floor master usually has a lot more roof.  More roof means higher costs for several reasons.

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 - A steeper roof is taller, thus more framing labor and materials are needed.  But an advantage can be increased attic height and space.

 - Each time the roof line changes, more framing materials (and labor) are needed.  A higher level of expertise is required - which can also increase framing costs. 

 - There's just plain more roof when the first floor size increases.  That means higher labor and material costs for roofing.

3. Why main floor master homes cost more: What does framing have to do with home cost?

There are several reasons costs will increase, especially with this main floor master plan.

 - There is greater square footage on the first floor.  Even though the second floor is smaller, that will not compensate - all the walls must still extend upwards until they reach the roof. 

 - Any time there is an extra "corner", costs increase.  More materials are used, and more can be wasted making additional cuts for varying lengths.  More labor is required. 

- More exterior wall means more heavy-duty framing, more sealing, more insulation, and, of course, more labor.

Why main floor master homes cost more | NC Homebuilders

 

There's also reason a lot of builders charge extra for vaulted, cathedral, or trey ceilings!  Cathedral and vaulted ceilings can require extra beams, different framing techniques, longer than standard framing materials, and more. 

Homes with main floor master suites often have at least one vaulted room somewhere in the home, like in this master bedroom:

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4. Why main floor master homes cost more: Where is your homesite, and what "tractor work" is required?

An experienced custom home builder can walk your lot to help determine expected site costs.

A larger site will need to be prepared for a main floor master home of equal square feet to a second floor master home. 

There will be slightly higher charges for grading and foundation preparation.

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5. Why main floor master homes cost more: Is the foundation a slab, crawlspace, or basement?

If you don't know what type of foundation your new home will require - don't worry! The team at Stanton Homes can walk you through the differences in types of foundations, and explain what your floor plan and home site require. Why does a main floor master foundation cost more?

  • The "footprint" of the home includes not only the square footage of the "heated" or living space on the first floor, but also that of the garage. 
  • The foundation costs will higher for the plan with the first floor master bedroom, because the first floor is larger.

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(Here's an example of a basement home foundation.)

6. Why main floor master homes cost more: Is the garage a side entry?

Not all main floor master bedroom floor plans have side entry garages. 

But if the home plan you choose does, the driveway and pathway costs may be slightly higher - it all depends on how the home is situated on the lot.  The home may also require a few more windows, to "dress up" the front face of the garage.

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How Much More do Main Floor Master Homes Cost?

In general, a homebuyer can expect to pay about 10-20% more per square foot for a home with a main floor master suite than one that has about the same square footage on both floors. 

However, this can vary greatly - it all depends on all the different aspects of the two plans:

 - Is the lot cost the same for both homes? 

 - Do both homes have the exact same interior and exterior finishes? 

Even more important - does moving the master bedroom downstairs substantially increase the size of the first floor, while leaving a reduced size second floor?  There are home plans available in which the master bedroom is downstairs, but the plan still includes a "full" upstairs.

In a situation like this, the only way to "fit" the master bedroom downstairs is to lose some living space - the sizes of the other rooms have to shrink, and you may lose a living room or office - but have a larger bonus room upstairs. 

There won't be any vaulted rooms, but the overall square footage for the price can increase.


 

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Downstairs Master Floor Plan | The Templewood

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, May 26, 2016 @ 17:05 PM

Best Floor Plans with the Master Downstairs:

The Templewood is 3,959 sq ft floor plan with 5 bedrooms and 5 full baths, with the kinds of details you'd expect in a Raleigh Custom Home.

Downstairs Master Floor Plan | Raleigh New Homes

 



Most Popular Floor Plan Features:

What feels like home, in the most popular floor plans for Raleigh new homes? An open floor plan with first floor master bedroom, large island kitchen, space for formal and casual meals, space for in-home telecommuting, and rooms designed for flexible use all top the charts on home sales surveys. See what makes The Templewood a top-requested plan, with all the features below.

First Floor Plan

The downstairs includes: 

  • Master suite with his and hers walk in closets
  • Open concept kitchen, family room, and breakfast
  • Fireplace and built in bookcases in family room
  • Office
  • Two options for indoor-outdoor living areas
  • Large laundry room with sink

Downstairs Master Floor Plan | Raleigh New Homes

 

Second Floor Plan

Upstairs, each bedroom has a private bath and large walk in closet. A study loft - or pocket office - offers plenty of built in storage and desk space. The bonus room is extremely spacious, and could also be a theater room.  Optional attic storage is available off the bonus room!

Downstairs Master Floor Plan | Raleigh New Homes

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Top 5 Downstairs Master Bedroom Floor Plans [with Photos]

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 @ 13:06 PM

Floor Plans for First Floor Master Bedroom Homes:

Master suite layout ideas continue to be a top request. Here are 5 of our most interesting (and fun!) new home master suite designs. Layout themes include:

  • Open concept floor plan designs
  • Elegant sitting rooms with angled walls and arched windows
  • Separate closets and vanities that maximize the his-and-hers style
  • Oversized soaking tubs, especially those with a romantic, tucked-away feeling
  • Doorless showers


Most Popular Floor Plans with a Downstairs Master:

These master bedroom floor plans range from layouts that maximize efficiency to those centered on spreading out.

Here are 5 new first floor master bedroom floor plans (with master bedroom and bath photos):

1st Floor Master Floor Plan #1

The McAlvany -- a Frank Betz and Stanton Homes floor plan -- features a first floor master suite with laundry room inside the master closet.

Top 5 Downstairs Master Bedroom Floor Plans
The master bedroom and bath each feature a unique ceiling vault and contemporary square light fixture. Large windows and French doors provide natural light.

In the master bathroom, the upper transom windows can remain uncovered, even with blinds or curtains over the picture window.

Top 5 Downstairs Master Bedroom Floor Plans

Top 5 Downstairs Master Bedroom Floor Plans

See more homes with the laundry room by the master bedroom.

1st Floor Master Floor Plan #2

The Worthington II -- a Stanton Homes floor plan -- is a contemporary home with the master bedroom on the first floor.

Top 5 Downstairs Master Bedroom Floor Plans

Gray hues, straight lines, and bright white touches flow throughout the contemporary interior design:

Top 5 Downstairs Master Bedroom Floor Plans

A white wainscot backdrop frames the freestanding tub and doorless shower:

Top 5 Downstairs Master Bedroom Floor Plans

 

1st Floor Master Floor Plan #3:

The Mastrosimone -- a Stanton Homes floor plan -- is a first floor master floor plan.

This version of the Mastrosimone features a unique sitting room style - with half-walls dividing it from the master suite. Cut-out openings serve as art/plant shelves.

Top 5 Downstairs Master Bedroom Floor Plans

 

Top 5 Downstairs Master Bedroom Floor Plans

The his-and-hers walk in closets sit opposite each other, leading to the master bath.

A centerpiece soaking tub pulls together the parallel design.  For a more open concept between the master suite and bath, consider an archway rather than a door:

Top 5 Downstairs Master Bedroom Floor Plans

1st Floor Master Floor Plan #4:

The Peay -- a Stanton Homes floor plan -- has 6 bedrooms split between the first and second floor.

The master bath leads into the walk in closet with center island.

Top 5 Downstairs Master Bedroom Floor Plans

A trey ceiling tops this large master suite:

Top 5 Downstairs Master Bedroom Floor Plans

Check out the his and hers vanities, with center cabinets:

Top 5 Downstairs Master Bedroom Floor Plans

1st Floor Master Floor Plan #5:

The Remington -- a Stanton Homes floor plan -- offers a downstairs master suite with sitting area, three sided fireplace, and his and hers bath with private closets.

Top 5 Downstairs Master Bedroom Floor Plans

 The master bedroom and bath feature ceilings with multiple heights, designed to emphasize the depth of large spaces.

Top 5 Downstairs Master Bedroom Floor Plans

A barrel vault above the tub rounds out the his and her space:

 Top 5 Downstairs Master Bedroom Floor Plans




Floor Plans with a Master Bedroom on the First Floor:

Homes with a downstairs master continue to be a top home buyer request.  Get ideas for your next home, from these first floor master bedroom home plans.  Then, tell us what kind of home you want to build in North Carolina.

Need more help finding a floor plan? Check out these photo tours. Or browse main floor master floor plans here



 

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First Floor Master Floor Plans: New Plan Just Added!

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Dec 15, 2010 @ 09:12 AM

First Floor Master Suite Floor Plans

New First Floor Master Suite Plan Just Added!

We're excited to share one of our most recent custom design first floor master suite floor plans.  This floor plan was created during Raleigh custom home builder Stanton Homes' design/build process for a wonderful couple, who planned each portion of the home to meet their exact needs. 

The "Worthington" - First Floor Master Bedroom Floor Plan

The Worthington has a great deal of appeal, packed into a budget-conscious 2584 sq ft of living space.

First Floor Master Bedroom Home | Custom Home Raleigh NC

This first floor master suite home features a side entry, courtyard style oversized garage.

The exterior has a terrific combination of gables, dormers, and varying rooflines, with water table accents. 

First Floor Master Bedroom Floor Plans | Raleigh First Floor Master Bedroom Homes

 

The first floor features a dream kitchen, with 8' island that includes seating, wrap around countertops, and a huge walk in pantry.

 

 

The oversized Family Room and Dining Room offer plenty of room for entertaining

And the first floor master suite outdoes itself, with a fabulous walk in closet, oversized shower, and much more.

Upstairs, find two bedrooms and huge bonus room!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See Worthington Floor Plan Here.

First Floor Master Bedroom Homes in Raleigh

Benefits of a first floor master bedroom include:First Floor Master Bedroom Home | Custom Home Raleigh NC

  • No stairs to climb
  • Convenient to the kitchen
  • Separated from other bedrooms (kids/privacy)
  • One floor living, except for guests or children!

Raleigh first floor master bedroom homes are becoming more popular, and this home is a great example of why!

Interested in first floor master suite homes?

Browse More First Floor Master Floor Plans Here

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