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Old 06-15-2007, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Default Smallest desirable size of a bedroom

I am trying to finalize my upgrade options in the house I'm building. I chose a 4 bedroom plan because I figured 4bedrooms would have greater resale value than 3 bedrooms. The thing is that the only difference between the 3 and 4 bedroom plan is the three bedroom is split in half to create the 4th bedroom so overall sq. ft. in the house remains the same.

Basically, I have the choice of 1 large bedroom or 2 tiny bedrooms. One is a 10X10 and one is a 9X9. I should also say that this is 2,200 sq. ft. townhouse and there are 3 1/2 bathrooms. There is one bedroom on the first floor where the garage is which could also be a rec room if not used as a bedroom. Also, the townhouse is located in an urban area, not a suburban area.

What do you think? Will the two small bedrooms add more to resale value than one big bedroom?
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Old 06-15-2007, 03:08 PM
 
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Nine by nine is pretty much a glorified closet. That's tiny even for just a single bed.

With respect to resale value, one important factor might be in assessing whether your townhouse community is geared to and attractive to older, established couples or to younger families.

If it's an "adult lifestyle" kind of area, then the extra bedromm likely wouldn't be as important.

Let's not forget to factor your own needs and comfort into the equation as well; you're just buying the place now, so one assumes you plan on living there a while.
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Old 06-15-2007, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Between Here and There
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I am trying to finalize my upgrade options in the house I'm building. I chose a 4 bedroom plan because I figured 4bedrooms would have greater resale value than 3 bedrooms. The thing is that the only difference between the 3 and 4 bedroom plan is the three bedroom is split in half to create the 4th bedroom so overall sq. ft. in the house remains the same.

Basically, I have the choice of 1 large bedroom or 2 tiny bedrooms. One is a 10X10 and one is a 9X9. I should also say that this is 2,200 sq. ft. townhouse and there are 3 1/2 bathrooms. There is one bedroom on the first floor where the garage is which could also be a rec room if not used as a bedroom. Also, the townhouse is located in an urban area, not a suburban area.

What do you think? Will the two small bedrooms add more to resale value than one big bedroom?
As I understand it it's the total square feet that count. So it should be the same. Personally I think you should design the house for how you are going to use it, if you would get more use and pleasure out of having two small rooms rather than one large then do it, but if not then go with the larger room. Good luck.
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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My first thought was to abolish the 9 x9 bedroom; however, I would keep it and turn it into a guest bedroom, nursery, office, sewing/hobby - whatever the best purpose is for you. While small, it is amazing what you can do with a small space with proper arrangement.

I vote keep the 4 bedroom plan.
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Old 06-16-2007, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Warwick, NY
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With the 9x9, you could make a it a fun kid's room by giving it a nautical theme. Make a built-in platform bed with drawers underneath and furnish it with a yachting motif for adults or pirates for kids. Something like this:

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Old 06-17-2007, 07:47 PM
 
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Maybe it is different in other areas of the country but a 4 bedroom townhome is pretty unheard of around here. It might be a selling point but personally I would rather have 3 large rooms then the tiny ones. I would pass on a house with 4 small bedrooms if it were competing with a house with 3 large bedrooms all else being equal.
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Old 06-17-2007, 07:52 PM
 
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If I were buying, I'd opt for the larger bedroom.
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Old 06-17-2007, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Jax
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In my part of the country, 2200 sq ft is big for a townhome, and 3 & 1/2 baths is unusual too....more like a house.

My instinct would be to go for the 4th bedroom.

Use the 9x9 as a study/office, media room, or a dedicated guest room...these things are all desirable at resale and still leave 3 'true' bedrooms. Even if you already have one office, a second can be highly desireable.

The real estate advice always says not to take bedrooms out of a home, it lessens the resale value. So I think it makes sense if you have the choice of 3 or 4 to go for the 4.

p.s.: Don't lose the closet in the 4th bedroom even if you "convert" the room to something else. You will need the closet later at resale if you want the room to be considered a bedroom.

My 2 cents, hope it helps .
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Old 06-18-2007, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Thanks for everyone's comments on this! It sounds like just as many people suggest 3 bedrooms as 4 bedrooms. I got on my computer last night and played with the floor plan and I realized that in the bigger of the two small bedrooms, if I put a queen size bed in it, the only other piece of furniture I could fit would be a nightstand (and a double bed wasn't really any better). In the smaller of the bedrooms, it could be a den but not much else. There aren't any other dens in the house but there are a couple of sunrooms and and a sitting area in the master that could be all be den areas. I think I'm going with 3 bedrooms. I find the larger 3 bedroom so much usable (can actually fit in a bed, 2 nightstands, a long dresser and a tv in it!). Thanks again!
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Old 06-18-2007, 10:51 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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And if you want to use it as a guest room/suite you can always get the partitions and put one in for a small sitting/reading area w/ two chairs or a chaise lounge. I'd ditch a 9x9 room in a heartbeat. Not big enough for a kids room, where are they going to play? Then small rooms packed full of furniture are a huge turn off. It only makes the room look that much smaller. The partitions made w/ rice paper are great as they allow light to flow thru and don't close off anything too much like a real wall would.

If you happen to have two kids that need to share the large bedroom you can put up a partition that is decorative to give them some "seperate" space.
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