Considering Converting a Bedroom? – Part One

Have you ever heard a real estate professional recommend not converting a bedroom for resale value’s sake? I have. The advice is not a one size fits all warning. Sometimes for the comfort and lifestyle of the family, “giving up” a bedroom makes sense.

If you have a bedroom sitting under utilized while you desire a bigger kitchen, family room, or master suite why not look at floor plan alternatives? Is it time to renovate? You deserve a space that suits your lifestyle.

We recently remodeled a forth bedroom in Southwest Portland, converting it to a master suite. This under utilized bedroom was previously used primarily for additional closet storage the couple couldn’t fit in their master bedroom. The space was also a graveyard for odds and ends the couple decided didn’t belong in the rest of the house.

Their bathroom, the only bathroom on the main level of the home, had poor flow and dated itself with pink porcelain and baby blue laminate. The shower was anything but luxurious, and the triangular layout of the sink and swing of the door into the toilet was awkward.

We sought to create a master bathroom that fit the style of this mid century influenced ranch, that also had a bit of modern flair that the homeowners favored. We wanted additional storage for clothing, two vanities instead of one, an expansive shower fit for two, additional storage for toiletries and appliances, and heated floors. Did we also mention we had a budget? Always up for challenge, it was our pleasure to partner with Steve Klingerman at the T.H.E Remodel Group.

Before Floor Plan Configuration

After Floor Plan Configuration

We worked several floor plan options and settled on this plan because it allowed us to meet so many of our goals. The before bathroom only included one bathroom on the main level. There was no separate bathroom for guests when entertaining, which limited privacy. The new plan allowed for a powder bath and a private bath quarters for the couple. This plan had another major benefit as well, because we essentially kept the toilet and the shower in the same locations (just relocated the interior room wall) we didn’t have to invest as much in relocating plumbing.

After determining the floor plan, we started determining the hard surfaces as well as hand rendering our elevated walls.

Vanity Area Concepts


The Shower Concept

In Part Two of this blog see how this beautiful master suite came together.

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Angela is the principal designer at her boutique interior design firm in Portland, Oregon. She is known for creating memorable backdrops that tell the story of fascinating and intricate lives.

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