I have had clients who look at a listing I send them and say, “We’re only two people, why would we want four bedrooms?” There was a time I'd have made the same comment.
It wasn’t until I downsized myself that I started thinking about bedrooms differently.
In my first house, I had a spacious bedroom with plenty of room for dressers, an upholstered chair, and an exercise bike. I never sat in the chair; it was a place I tossed my clothes. If I’m being honest, the exercise bike was a clothes rack as well. When my kids got older and started moving out, I downsized and bought a house with smaller (and fewer) bedrooms, matching the number of bedrooms to the number of people who would be sleeping there.
But some days, I wish I had an extra bedroom – or two. I would set one up as a little yoga room and another as a dedicated room for my son, who ends up coming home to visit more than I expected.
Trends in housing over the last 10 years have shown that the most popular homes were those with lots of communal or shared spaces -- open layouts. But housing trends change, and then change again.
Now that more and more people work from home, a laptop at the kitchen island isn’t always adequate. I find that more people seem interested in having rooms they can use as private spaces. They need a dedicated office where they can close the door and Skype with clients.
If you’re planning to buy, don’t just think about bedrooms for sleeping. Think about a home’s space configurations and what it is you might want in your home.
Do you need a home office?
Two home offices?
A guest room?
A Peloton room?
A dressing room?
Many of these “luxury” amenities can be accomplished easily once you see all the possibilities a bedroom can offer.