[Note: This post has been updated.] A review of recent additions to our house plan inventory reveals a rise in the number of plans with two master suites; that is, bedrooms with their own baths and walk-in closets. Having a second master is all about flexibility: it can be for guests or in-laws or as an in-house granny unit. The trick is to make sure it's easily accessible, situated for a measure of privacy, and includes adequate closet space.
Four bedroom 4.5 bath Craftsman style Plan 892-1
, shown here and at the top of this post, is a good example. The two suites open off the same hall to the left of the entry but face in opposite directions for individual privacy: one to the rear terrace; the other toward the courtyard at the front of the house. The owner's suite has double vanities while the second one has a single vanity. The other two bedrooms are upstairs.Plan 461-45
, shown here, includes a ground floor master at the rear of the house near the kitchen porch, and
in a similar position on the floor above. The second floor master is adjacent to a den, for extra flexibility.
A somewhat grander approach is taken in this design for a sloping site: 4 bedroom 4.5 bath Contemporary Craftsman stylePlan 454-14
by Sarah Susanka and Tina Govan, where the master suite is on the main or entry level -- to the right of the front door.
The guest suite is in the same position on the lower level as part of a day-lit basement. Each has complete privacy and has its own connection to the outdoors
along with an alcove or window seat, as shown here.
If well laid-out, a double master suite design can make it possible for sharing ownership -- say for a weekend
getaway home. The room arrangement in Plan 451-10
is particularly well-suited to fractional ownership -- with master suites at opposite ends of the house and flanking a central gathering space and kitchen. In such an arrangement it's important to include lockable storage space for each family's supplies.
Another way to go is to include a master/guest suite above the garage, for extra privacy and a sense of
independence -- with potential for developing as an Airbnb unit, as shown in Plan 928-11
. The guest bedroom connects both to the sitting area and the vanity. The suite has its own separate entry away from the rest of the house.
For a collection of Plans With In-law Suites click here.