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Main Level Living (master suite)

Downsizing without sacrificing

Main-level living designs are typically found in an apartment or farm style home, but that doesn’t mean we can’t apply the same concept to your new home.  A lot of people are opting for less rooms and more space on the main level of their homes because it’s where they spend the most amount of time.  Whether that be entertaining guests or relaxing after a long day, it gives homeowners the option to downsize without having to sacrifice space or the rooms they love most.  Main-level living is the mainstay of aging in place.  As your nest empties, you can enjoy the easer of living on a single level that includes a master suite, eat in kitchen, living room, laundry and mudroom, office space, and deck, among others.  When discussing main-level living options, consider these tips and secrets to getting the most out of your new home design.

Smart Design

Smart design helps your main-level living design really entertain, allowing rooms in the home to relate to one another easily with a natural flow that maximizes space, while minimizing your effort to use it.  For many in a main-level living setting, the biggest change will be adding a main level master suite or even a main floor guest suite.  Offices on the main level are becoming increasingly common and formal dining rooms give way to the kitchen.  Smart design has a huge influence on being able to create a functioning main-level living design.

Time Management

Where do you spend the most time in your home?  This is probably the biggest question asked in a main-level living design.  What’s the point of having a huge house if you’re not going to use all the rooms?  Main-level living considers all these wasted spaces and transforms how you live while at home.  By combining all your favorite and most used rooms on the main level, you don’t waste time traveling around your home.  What if you could have less of what you don’t use and more space for the rooms you really live in?

Having a Centerpiece

It’s important to consider what the main hub of your home is, and then building around it.  In a main-level living home, the kitchen is the easiest part of the home to build around.  It typically acts as a connecting room to get from area of the main level to the other.  Remember, square footage is just a number.  If you can use the main-level living approach correctly, you can maximize the space you have while having all of your favorite rooms on the same level.

If you have any questions about main-level living and how some of these designs look, check out some of our projects on our Houzz page!