Advice on upstairs layout

J Green
2 months ago


We’re currently renovating and extending our house.

After the extension, downstairs will have a large entrance hall, large open plan kitchen/diner/living area, separate utility room, separate living room, and a downstairs loo. All rooms will be generous in size, and feel really spacious and airy.

Upstairs, we have two options:

4 bedroom option:

Includes a master suite (with an en-suite and walk-in-wardrobe/dressing room), 3 double bedrooms, a large family bathroom (big enough to have a separate bath and shower), and a large landing.

The benefit to this design feels like it will give us a more spacious and airy upstairs, in-keeping with the rest of the house.

The position of the door into the master suite gives us a lot of flexibility with the layout of this room – it gives us the ability to create a very luxurious dressing room and en-suite, with lots of space for storage of clothes, getting dressed, and space for double sink/separate bath if we want them.

It gives us a large, impressive landing (the same size as our entrance hall downstairs) and it could easily accommodate some statement furniture, such as nice bookcase or sofa.

But it will be a very large landing, so we're wondering if it makes the best use of the space available?

5 bedroom option:

Includes a master suite (with an en-suite and walk-in-wardrobe/dressing room), 2 double bedrooms, 2 single bedrooms, and a family bathroom.

The benefit to this design is that we gain a bedroom. Given the increase in working from home, we wonder whether this will be more useful, as it allows for a separate study. It also means that we don’t have such a big landing upstairs which could feel like a bit of a waste space.

But it would mean a smaller family bathroom - the shower would have to be above the bath.

It also restricts the layout of the master-suite, as the door into this room is in the middle (so it doesn’t allow for a very large dressing room/ensuite).

We’re also worried that the hallway to the master bedroom could feel narrow and dark.

We're struggling to decide which layout to go for.

Below are initial designs for the 4 bedroom and 5 bedroom. I would really appreciate your thoughts.


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