These floor plan additions can transform a split-level house

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A benefit of the split-level layout? Clustered bedrooms. Having bedrooms close to one another is helpful for families with young children, and makes for an easy bedroom suite renovation when your chicks have flown the nest. A bedroom suite is a large room, usually with an ensuite bathroom, or other special amenities, like a fireplace. According to Forbes, adding a half-bath could cost between $5,000 to $15,000 while adding a full bath ranges between $20,000 and $40,000. These costs typically depend on materials and whether you DIY or call a professional. Something to note: a bedroom suite isn’t a renovation you take on for resale value. You might not get as much of a return on investment, so this project is more about comfort than cost recovery. This is a great renovation for homeowners hoping to make their long-term space more comfortable.

To begin this expansion, you’ll need to remove a wall between two bedrooms in your home. Be careful not to knock down a load-bearing wall, which is a wall meant to hold the weight of the floor, or roof, above it. You can determine if a wall is load-bearing by checking the original blueprints. Once you’ve opened the space between two rooms, you’ll want to consider whether adding a bathroom is part of your design. For homeowners that have outgrown the basic split-level, this suite expansion offers an upscale modern take on a traditional bedroom floor plan.

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