The “master suite” trend in homes didn’t emerge until the mid-1980s. Before then, there was little difference in bedrooms, and mom and dad shared a bathroom with the rest of the house. While many people enjoy the charm and architecture of older homes, it’s not uncommon to see a master suite addition in homes built before the 90s.
Before the widespread use of affordable central heating systems, homes were designed and built specifically for shelter. Usually the whole family slept in one bedroom; wealthier families might have had two bedrooms to give the parents some privacy. Each bedroom would have a fireplace or wood-burning stove for warmth. Additionally, work during this time was often sun-up to sun-down, making for little free time to spend in the home.
After WWII when the job market stabilized, many middle-class families settled into a comfortable 40-hour work week. This afforded more leisure time, and homes gradually grew to accommodate more space for relaxing and entertaining. After emerging from the gas crisis of the 1970s, developers set their eyes on the sprawling land outside of cities, building bigger homes on bigger lots, and including expansive master suites in what were called the “McMansions” of the 1980s.
During the real estate boom of the early 2000s, many buyers chose to buy smaller or older homes to stay within their budget. After the market crashed, many more homeowners were forced to stay put because they were unable to sell. Both created a demand for home remodeling services that allowed homeowners to get the space and features they desired without moving.
Master suite additions in homes built before the era of the McMansion are one of the most popular major remodeling projects. In fact, the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors found that the Joy Score for homeowners who undertook a master suite addition was 9.7 (with 10 being the happiest with their remodel).
According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, the average cost for a master suite addition in Illinois in 2016 is $117,828, and that includes:
For a standard master addition like this, homeowners can expect to see return of $68,587 (58.2%) when they sell. While this is one of the lowest returns on home remodeling projects, it is still one of the most popular because of the long-term enjoyment it brings to homeowners. As with other home additions, a master suite retreat is a good investment if you plan to stay put for a while in a home you love, but have simply outgrown.
If you’re interested in a master suite addition for your Chicagoland home, contact Synergy Builders at 630.293.8070 for a complimentary consultation. Since 2002, we have been providing “Stress Free Remodeling,” including stunning master bedroom additions that homeowner love coming home to day after day.