Attic Bedroom Conversion – Remodeling Your Attic For A Master Suite

Tips on Remodeling an Attic Bedroom Conversion for a Master Suite

If you’re seeking to add space to your home, start by looking at existing areas that are potentially useful. For many homeowners, the garage, basement or attic can often easily be converted into usable space. Usually, the attic is the easiest place to start.

When dealing with the attic, everything is already in place. There are no foundations or setbacks to deal with like when adding an addition. Most of the time, there are no zoning laws prohibiting attic conversion, and no concrete slabs to deal with like in the garage or basement.

One popular use of this prime real estate is converting your attic into a charming master bedroom suite. An attic master provides you with privacy, great views, and can add value to your home when it’s time to sell. Let’s take a look at some of the many benefits of converting your attic into a master suite.


Attic Bedroom: Cost Versus Value

While you most likely won’t recoup all of your costs when you sell, according to a recent National Association of Realtors report, an attic bedroom that includes a small bathroom has an average cost of $110,000 and returns 45% of costs when you sell.

While this is a decent return on your investment, the real value of converting the attic is the improvements to your lifestyle. The “Joy Score” is a measure of homeowners happiness with renovation projects. On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the best, homeowners on the average score this project at a 9.4. Creating a private, secluded master bedroom in the attic will add to your quality of life!



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While converting the attic to a master offers homeowners a great improvement in their lifestyle, and is affordable when compared to adding a new addition to your home, it may not be practical. You should discuss the possibilities with your design-build remodeling firm. They will take a look at your home and determine if it is a cost-effective solution.

When designing your bedroom attic, you’ll need to consider:

  • Your local building codes: While you may not need zoning permission to finish the attic, you will need to meet your codes for ceiling height, updated plumbing, and electrical work.
  • Support Structures: Your contractor will need to examine your home’s infrastructure to determine if it is physically able to carry the load of a finished bedroom. You may need to include an engineer and architect if you are not using a design-build remodeling firm. Ceiling height and usable floor space can be created by adding dormers if necessary. But this will add to the cost of your project.
  • Infrastructure Issues: You will need to update electrical, run plumbing (if including a bath) and tie the space into your HVAC system. Some homes keep the air handlers and condensers in the attic. If your HVAC is located there, you will need to move it somewhere else in the home, which can add costs to your project.
  • Access to the Space: Do you have an existing stairway to the attic, or is it accessible through a hatch? Your designer or contractor may need to create a staircase for easier access, and this again may add to your costs.


When considering your project, make sure that “attic living” fits into your lifestyle. If you’re planning an aging in place addition, ask yourself if the stairs will prove to be a problem as you get older? Also, if you have small children, you may not feel comfortable on a different floor away from them. If you have older kids, the attic might be the perfect getaway solution! Consider your project from all angles.

Your design-build remodel contractor can help determine if there are issues with infrastructure, for example, ceiling height, plumbing, and HVAC. They can provide you with a detailed cost estimate for all of the work involved including any additional costs like engineering. With proper planning and a solid infrastructure, your ROI could be higher than the national average of 61%.

Ideas for Creating Your Dream Attic Bedroom

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When designing your space, consider adding some luxurious amenities. Your designer can help you with options to consider to create a truly unique personal escape.


Consider adding elements that will bring in natural light. Depending on ceiling height this can include skylights. If adding a shed dormer to increase floor space, consider panoramic windows that can emphasize the view and allow plenty of natural light into your space.

One of the benefits of converting the attic is the beautiful architectural possibilities of the roof line. You can play up these elements with the creative use of paint, lighting, and natural light to create focal points throughout the space.

While adding a tub is always a welcome addition to a spa-like ensuite, your home’s infrastructure is an important element to consider. A soaking tub, especially when full of water, can add a tremendous amount of weight. This may require additional engineering or support work which can be expensive. Instead, consider adding a luxurious large shower.

Your attic may have tremendous potential and value when you’re considering a master bedroom conversion. The important element is hiring the right design-build contractor for the job. Make sure whomever you hire, shares your creative vision for the space, can bring excellent design skills to the project and offers only the highest quality craftsmanship.

At Joseph & Berry, we have created hundreds of spectacular attic bedroom spaces for our clients. If you’re considering converting your attic, whether it’s a master suite, a media room for the family, a play space for the kids, or a home office, give us a call. We’re always happy to show homeowners the possibilities when it comes to creating their dream home!

Designing a Walk-in Closet for A Master Suite Bedroom and Bath

Design tips for a walk-in closet that makes a master suite more functional and less cluttered

One home improvement that can add real convenience to your life, and value to your home when it comes time to sell is a luxurious walk-in closet in your master suite. Whether you’re remodeling your master bedroom, adding an addition to create a luxurious master suite, or considering converting a spare room, a large walk-in closet can help keep your clothing organized, make getting ready for work in the morning, or cocktails at night a more pleasurable, efficient experience. And your clothes will last longer too!

Let’s look at what you’ll need to consider before turning that spare room or extra space in the bedroom into a master suite walk-in closet.

Your Walk-in Closet: Layout And Space Needs

You’ll need to do a little planning to determine how much space you’ll need. Start by assessing your storage needs. Here are some tips to get you started.

  • Start with Your Clothes – This is important. You want to make sure that you’ll have enough space to gently and comfortably store your belongings. The depth of your cabinets and racks will range from 14 to 24 inches to accommodate your clothing. Most items including shirts, blouses, jackets, and coats will require at least 24-inches. Anything less won’t properly fit your clothing.

Base your design around the clothing you own. For example, folded sweaters and shirts will need between 9 and 15 inches of linear space; coats can require 68 inches of vertical space, pants and jeans need 50 inches of vertical space and skirts can require 45 inches.

  • Figure Out How Many Double and Single-Hang Sections You’ll Need – to maximize storage in your walk-in closet, take inventory of how many long dresses, winter coats and jackets you own to determine single space needs. Then look at skirts, shirts, pants, blouses, and slacks to make sure you have enough double hung space.
  • Think About The Corners! – Corners are tough. They can be utilized for additional storage with proper planning. Corner shelves can help you to use this space. Consider hanging ties or handbags, or even store suitcases. When you’re investing in your closet, you want to utilize every possible inch of space. Don’t forget the corners!
  • If You’re Converting A Spare Room, Consider an Island – If you have enough room, an island can be an excellent addition to your walk-in closet. Ideally, you’ll need 36 inches of space on each side of the island, but you can get by with as little as 24. The more clearance space you have, the more functional you can make your island. With 36 inches of walk around space, you can include pull out drawers which can house sweaters, delicates, jewelry or more.
  • Don’t Forget the Cubbies – Cubbies are an excellent addition that can house sweaters, shoes, handbags, and other items. If you have lots of boots, remember to include taller cubbies on the bottom to accommodate storage.
  • Think About Fun Functional Additions When Planning – Benches, dressing tables and makeup mirrors, specialized storage, a full-length dressing mirror and other functional touches can personalize add a level of luxury to your space. Don’t forget proper lighting, ventilation, and decorative touches like art or hidden speakers for your enjoyment.

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Think About Location

Unless you’re planning a master suite addition, proximity is important. While technically you can put your walk-in closet in any unused or unusual space, like the attic, your first choice should be to keep it attached to the master bedroom.

Ideally, using the bedroom closest to the master bedroom is the best option. This allows you to close off the room from the rest of the house and create an opening in the master bedroom as an entry. Closing off a room and creating a doorway is an easy renovation that can be reversed to convert the closet back into a bedroom if you decide to sell in the future.

The most important thing to remember, no matter whether you’re taking space from the existing master, building an addition or converting a bedroom, is to make sure you have the minimum space available. Most master walk-in closets range between 5 to 12 feet (or more) in width. The minimum width allows you to have a 3-foot hallway if you hang all of your clothing on one side. Depth can vary from 5 to 17 feet of depth depending on your situation.

The room’s dimensions will help to determine what amenities you can include. For example, f you’re converting a bedroom, the windows can reduce the hanging space available, however adding a dressing table can be a great option. Natural light is perfect for applying makeup or getting a real feel for a piece of clothing’s color!

Adding a walk-in closet to your master bedroom is a great project that can make your life more organized and increase the value to your home. If you’re unsure where to start, or need ideas, contact us and speak to one of our designers. They can review your existing space and explain all of your options. At Joseph & Berry, we are experts at designing functional walk-in closets for master suites four our Dallas area clients. Contact us to schedule your free consultation.


How To Plan For A Master Bedroom Addition

Consider these options when remodeling your home with a master bedroom addition

Behind kitchen and bathroom remodeling, the number three most popular home improvement project is adding a master bedroom addition. Maybe you purchased a starter home or an older home that may lack the modern amenities of today’s master bedrooms, or perhaps you’re seeking more space for a larger en-suite bathroom or walk-in closet. Whatever the case, nothing is more wonderful than creating the perfect relaxation getaway for you and your spouse.

A spacious master bedroom with a large modern en suite bathroom and his and her walk-in closets is the perfect way to create the dream home you want! Adding an addition to your home can not only give you the space you may need, increasing the livable space in your home can also increase its value.

Let’s look at a few steps you can take that can make the construction process run smoothly and stay within your budget.



Before you even consider budget, dream a little! Picture your ideal master suite. Will it have cathedral ceilings, a walkout to the backyard or a private deck? Will your en suite have heated floors, a wall of shower heads and a standalone soaking tub? You might want a giant walk-in closet, or even his and hers walk-ins, or a quiet place to sit, relax and read with a cup of coffee. You don’t have to get technical about your needs, this is just a planning exercise.

Work with your spouse or significant other to determine what’s really important to you. Jot your ideas down on paper or your computer using Houzz Ideabooks or Pinterest, weigh your options and compromise on the perfect master suite to meet both of your needs.


Now it’s time to come back to reality! It’s important to set a realistic budget for your project. In fact, the budget and planning stage of your addition is probably the most important aspect of the entire project. Your budget will dictate:

  • The size of your addition
  • Materials and finish options

Budgeting is an important step, but don’t let it overwhelm you! Your design build firm can walk you through the steps of planning and budgeting for your project. It’s important to find a firm that understands your creative vision and can offer you options that can meet your aesthetic needs and still remain within your budget. Want to learn more about the design build process? Click Here



As you finalize your planning and put together your budget, there are several physical factors to consider. If you are working with an architect,design-buildd firm or contractor, they can help. Here are some factors to think about.


This is probably the most difficult and complicated decision you’ll need to make. You need to consider how your addition will fit within the physical confines of your landscape as well as its relationship to your home’s flow. Will you be adding your bedroom into an existing floor plan, adding a new separate wing, or creating a second story to house a private suite? This will, of course, affect your budget and the scope of work.


Once you’ve determined location consider its access to the outdoors. In the past, this was less of a consideration, but current trends are favoring a ground floor master suite with doors leading to a private patio, deck or garden.

3.     WINDOWS

Will your space be flooded with natural light, or perhaps offer skylights for a personal view of the night sky from your bed?


Does your property offer stunning views? If so you’ll probably want to take advantage of them. Even if you don’t have amazing mountain or ocean views, looking out onto a beautiful garden, or your in-ground pool can also be pretty dramatic and relaxing!


A common trend today is to include a sitting area within the master suite. Designs can be elaborate, like adding a formal living room, or intimate and quiet, for example, a meditation area or in-home office space or reading nook. Perhaps a fireplace?


The ceiling can be a wonderful way to add interest and drama to a space. Imagine a cathedral ceiling with a wall of floor to ceiling windows, or exposed beams, or even a lit coffered ceiling. This can be a wonderful area to add detail and interest.


The bedroom offers plenty of opportunities for creative lighting. Typically you’ll rely on several different sources of light, for example, you may want a beautiful crystal chandelier on a dimmer over the bed or recessed cans in the ceiling. Cove lighting can also provide a romantic glow and can highlight architectural details.


You may or may not want to include a TV or music system in the bedroom. It can be as simple as hanging a TV on the wall, and adding a couple of blue tooth speakers, or including an elaborate entertainment system. Again, it’s all up to you and your budget.

When planning your master bedroom addition, start by dreaming! After all, this is your private sanctuary, why not splurge a little! Once you’ve determined the must-have features for your master bedroom addition, begin to develop your budget, and then focus on the actual location and amenities. Work with your design build firm to achieve your creative vision. They can help you with everything from creating blueprints to seamlessly integrating your new space onto your existing home, to helping you choose finishes. With a little work, you can have the master bedroom of your dreams!