The master suite: it is more than just a functional space where you can enjoy some private time. It is also a statement. Increasingly, luxury homes have been built to feature a master suite that rivals the size of entire houses, but for the most discriminating buyer, it is space well-used.
Gone are the days when a master suite was nothing more than a bedroom, bathroom and walk-in closet. Today’s luxury homes boast master suites featuring kitchenettes, offices, media rooms, private gyms, spa amenities and even swimming pools. In short, the goal of the master suite is to create a space that you never have to leave if you so desire.
While the exact features of the master suite will certainly vary from one luxury home to the other, it is appropriate to think of the master suite as being akin to having a private apartment within the home. In some cases, the master suite can easily comprise more than 30 percent of the home’s total living space. In multilevel luxury homes, it is not unusual to have a master suite that takes up an entire floor in the home. In these homes, the master suite is generally located on the higher level so it can take full advantage of the surrounding views.
Comparing the Luxury Home to the Standard American Home
According to the National Association of Home Builders, a newly built home in the United States has an average of 2,300 square feet of living space. Within the typical home, the master bedroom takes up just 12 percent of the total living space. Prior to the 18th century, the master bedroom took up even less space because the sleeping quarters also tended to be a communal space within a multi-purpose room.
By the late 19th and early 20th-century, private rooms were more common, but they tended to be quite small in order to help conserve heat. During this time period, a “master bedroom” might include a series of dressing rooms.
The master bedrooms as they are better known today didn’t arise until the mid-20th century. The transition to more luxurious master suites started in the 1980’s and 1990’s in high-end homes, but the apartment-like suites have only started to be seen more regularly in the past few years. According to some experts, this may be at least partially due to the trend toward multigenerational housing.
Regardless of the reason for the shift toward more extravagant master suites boasting a wide range of amenities, this feature is just one of many that helps to set luxury homes apart from standard homes. Serving as a private retreat, the master suite offers a refuge for the owner that can be kept private or opened up to share in special moments with others.
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